Found April 21, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, They have not spoken the word in more than 20 years. But now, after three straight seasons of early playoff exits, is it time for a rebuild in Detroit? Or can this storied franchise merely get by with a re-tool? That is the question facing Red Wings GM Ken Holland after the fifth-seeded Western Conference team lost 2-1 to the Nashville Predators on Friday night and became the first team to be eliminated in the playoffs. It was a close series. Four of the five games were decided by one-goal. And if not for a red-hot Pekka Rinne, we might be looking at a entirely different outcome. Still, there was little optimism in how this all ended for an ageing team that is not getting any younger. “To me, that’s not close,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told reporters after the loss. “Four to one [in the series] is not close. continued

Khan: Ken Holland has no ‘magic ‘solutions to remedy the Red Wings’ issues

Red Wings fans, here’s a “pro tip”: familiarize yourself with’s Red Wings salary cap chart. Under both the economic constraints of this CBA and the one which will hopefully be negotiated without any sort of lockout on the owners’ parts, the Wings will remain tied to the some of the decisions their management team has made going forward, and between the fact...

A different theory as to what constitutes ‘rebuilding’ for the Red Wings

Regardless of whether you agree with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s assessment that scoring and depth up front doomed the Wings—and as Shark Circle points out, Babcock had hoped that the Wings would land a top-six forward as well as a top-flight defenseman to replace Brian Rafalski when he retired last spring—or whether you believe that the Wings might be better served to not...

Lidstrom's 20th season with Red Wings in books

Nicklas Lidstrom says he needs a few weeks before discussing his future with Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. Lidstrom's 20th NHL season ended Friday night when the Nashville Predators eliminated Detroit with a 2-1 win in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series. The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner turns 42 this...

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 Wrap-up: Detroit Red Wings need overhaul after series loss

The Western Conference’s Central Division has become wild territory for any team to succeed. Niklas Lidstrom skates off the ice in this file photo. He's one of the few components of the Red Wings that remain in doubt after an early playoffs exit. The Detroit Red Wings may have a 21-year streak of clinching the playoffs, and have done so in 26 of their last 28,...

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock dissatisfied with his team’s depth up front

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was anything but happy while speaking to the media after the Wings’ 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, speaking to the media and suggesting that the Wings couldn’t match Nashville’s four-line depth or scoring, and he’s particularly dissatisfied with his team’s trend of losing in lower rounds over the past three seasons:

OLD MAN SPORTS – Critical Errors Haunt Detroit Red Wings

OLD MAN SPORTS CRITICAL ERRORS HAUNT DETROIT They said all the right things.  ”We had a good start.” “We created traffic in front of the net.”" We had some good scoring opportunities.”  All the things you are supposed to say when your team has dropped a critical playoff game and put your team in a 3-1 hole with the light at the end of the tunnel getting dimmer...

Red Wings eliminated by Predators in Game 5, 2-1

Their backs were against the wall. It was a Best-of-3 situation for the Detroit Red Wings to try and extend their run towards the Stanley Cup Finals. After dropping two crucial games in the confines of the Joe Louis Arena the Red Wings were holding on to what little hope was left on this season in the raucous Music City crowd. Out of the gate, Detroit made it known that they were...

Goodbye Lidstrom?

from Kevin Allen of Rink Rap at USA TODAY, Last year, when the Detroit Red Wings were facing elimination in the playoffs, there were numerous stories about whether it would it would be Lidstrom’s last game. My take back then was that Lidstrom fans shouldn’t worry because it seemed clear to me that he wasn’t going to retire last summer. He was playing well enough to win the...

Preds finally get over Detroit hump

NASHVILLE– With a 2-1 win in Game 5, the Nashville Predators became the first team toadvance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Their first playoff series win over Detroit isa signal that times have changed in Nashville.It’sa result the Predators have found themselves on the short end of in the past.In2004 and 2008, the Red Wings were heavy favorites going into...

Paul McCann: Big Win for the Fans, Business as Usual for the Team

SlapShot Radio’s photographer was busy last night… check out the album at the SlapShot Radio Website. From Nashville vs Detroit Stanley Cup Playoffs April 20, 2012 It is always the Red Wings. The Ice Storm Game, Back Door Bubba, back-to-back wins at the Joe in the regular season, all indelible imprints on day one fans memories, but let’s face it. This was the one...

The Future Of The Western Conference

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, So let’s deal with what we do know as of Sunday afternoon. Detroit and San Jose, the two franchises who have played the most playoff games since the 2005 lockout (Wings-97, Sharks-79) are both out in the first round. How do we even recognize a Western Conference playoff without them? The Wings and Sharks have been a staple for so many years, the Wings...

Predators knock Red Wings out of playoffs

In the end, just as most of the experts predicted, the Nashville Predators turned out to be the better team. The Red Wings became the first team eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs Friday night when they dropped Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series, 2-1, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. "It's never fun to lose a playoff series, especially the first...

Red Wings-Predators Game 5 wrap-up: early exit is unacceptable for Wings

The Detroit Red Wings boarded Red Bird III for one final flight back to Detroit after dropping a devastating, heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, earning the uncomfortable status as the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs while failing to meet their Western Conference Final-making standard for the third straight year. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn...

Red WIngs-Predators Game 5 quick take: it can’t be Nashville every night

The Detroit Red Wings lost 2-1 to the Nashville Predators, and have been eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the first time since 2006. I’ll post a quick take soon, but share your thoughts in the comments, please.

Rob Simpson: Simmer's 9 - Quickie to start your week off right

1) The just-tweaking days are over for Ken Holland in Detroit. He has some work to do. Mike Babcock mentioned lack of depth up front after the series; holy smokes, how about the D? Kyle Quincey was as big a liability as seen anywhere in the first round. And life without Nick ….. time to get crackin'. 2) How in Hades did I pick the SJ Sharks to win in the first round...
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