NHL 13 Ratings – Guess Who’s On Top

NHL 13 is right around the corner and, as someone who skipped NHL 12 (the first time I’ve skipped a year since, probably 1999), I’m excited. This helps even more.  The initial player rankings have been leaked and one Wing is ranked higher than all the others.  You know who it is: Mr. Pavel Datsyuk […]

The Essentials – Detroit Red Wing Edition

As some of you might have seen, Puck Daddy has been asking bloggers for every NHL team to tell them who are The Essentials for their franchises — everything from the defining player and trade, to the indispensable fan traditions.  We we’re asked to represent the DRW and this is what we came up with. Feel […]

Intent to Know: Lockout Pending?

So during my travels yesterday – as with many days on the road – I had NHL Home Ice turned on my XM Radio.  The NHLPA and the Owners sat down and talked for a little over an hour and  a half yesterday about the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).  After the meeting was over, […]

Mr. Smith Goes to Hockeytown (to Stay)

Brendan Smith was drafted at the tender age of 18 just as he was about to enroll in his first classes at the University of Wisconsin.  Smith was finishing his Junior Hockey career St. Michaels where he had 62 points in 78 games played…as a defenseman.  He was Detroit’s first selection (27th overall).  After losing […]


I started typing a response to a reader’s comment on this morning’s post about Bertuzzi being slotted to play on the top line with Datsyuk heading into this season. The response got to be so lengthy that I figured it might be best to put in a full post so we can have a nice […]

Sorry, Goose, But it’s Time to Buzz a Tower

We had so much fun talking about Tomas Jurco yesterday – I figured what the hay…let’s do it again with a prospect that will be getting his first full-time gig (we think) with the big club all season.  #14 – Gustav Nyquist. A lot of people are excited about this soon-to-be 23 year old Swede […]

Jurco Signed

Tomas Jurco has puck skills. He was drafted by Detroit last year with 35th selection overall.  The 19 year old Slovak is just one of the young promising talents that Detroit has in its ranks. According to Khan(!), he was signed to a three year entry-level deal worth $2.12 million. The 6’2, 193 pounder has […]

The Reunited Russian Five

I know this is a day or two old, but it deserves a mention, because it is that damn cool.  For the Winter Classic alumni game, Detroit has managed to convince 4 of the 5 members of the original (OG for the kids) Russian Five to play.    The Red Wings announced this afternoon that Sergei […]

Time for 55 to Drive

So what are we looking at right now in terms of defense heading into this next season? Kronwall-WhiteQuincey-EricssonSmith-Kindl Question marks?  Sure.  But there are worse top 6 in the league…despite all of the complaining in the Red Wings’ universe.  Remember Brett Lebda?  Remember Derek Meech?  Kyle Quincey had a mediocre (at best) end to the […]

Pierre Lands His Dream Job

Unable to live out his fantasy of interviewing Sidney Crosby in just a towel due to his longstanding ban from every NHL locker-room across the U.S. and Canada due to incidences like this, and this, Pierre McGuire has resorted to his Plan B, and turned to the London Olympics for a week full of interviews […]

It’s Time to Calm Down

I’m not going to lie and say that I have it all together when it comes to being a Red Wings fan. In fact, my fandom has gone on a roller coaster ride ever since the Wings lost in the 1st round back in April. Free agency (or lack of) hasn’t helped. I have been […]

Believe in The Wings – Because We Can Score

Need another reason to believe in your Detroit Red Wings?   Well, here you go, thanks to my local paper, the Columbus Dispatch:  A list, by team, of NHL players who have scored 20 goals in an NHL season, compiled to accompany the story that appeared in today’s editions of The Dispatch: #1 BOS (10): Bergeron, Kelly, […]

Believe – Because It’s The MF’ing Detroit Red Wings

After spending 3 days dealing with the stress of taking the Bar and ignoring everything hockey, I was hoping to reawaken to the hockey world by opening and see that the Wings signed Semin and/or Doan.   So I’ll admit, it stung when I saw these two stories:  Yup, a double kick right into […]

It Won’t Be Doan

Gloom and…well I wouldn’t say “doom”…but most certainly gloom surrounding the quiet off-season that Detroit is having this summer. With big departures like Nick Lidstrom and Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler (less so) and Tomas Holmstrom (probably)- we were expecting big additions like Ryan Suter or Zach Parise or Alex Semin or Matt Carle or […]