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Nabokov Claimed By The Islanders

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Ken Holland inked a one year deal with goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to play for the Wings, but it was contingent upon him clearing waivers. The Islanders claimed him Saturday morning. The interesting thing here is that he is refusing to report to the Islanders which is his right. That means he could be going back up for waivers if the Islanders decide not to sit on him. His contract is very cheap for the rest of this season so it’s still not very likely the Wings will get him. I wouldn’t be too surprised if a Western Conference team claims him even if he won’t report just to keep the Wings from getting him. For now we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.

Lidstrom To Be All-Star Captain

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

It was annoucned earlier today that Nicklas Lidstrom will be one of the two captains of the All-Star game.  The other being Eric Staal.

Lidstrom and Staal will alternate picks pond hockey style to determine the rosters of their teams.  The captains were voted by the All-Star players so it’s a nice complement and sign of respect that they picked Lidstrom.

The Injury Parade Continues

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

The Red Wings got more bad news after last night’s game in Columbus. Holmstrom’s sore right hand was indeed broken and he’ll be out until the end of next month. Jimmy Howard’s x-rays were negative so that’s one bit of less-bad news. It’s unclear how long it’ll take for him to recover. He probably won’t be able to play until he can move his knee easily without being nagged by the pain. It’s pretty important for a goalie to be able to move quickly and freely so I doubt he’ll be back until he’s 100%.

The Red Wings have called up forward Tomas Tatar and goaltender Thomas McCollum from Grand Rapids to help round out the lineup.

Stuart Breaks Jaw; Out Indefinitely

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Brad Stuart’s jaw was broken last night in Calgary. He was hit in the face by a shoulder from Kostopoulis. He went down hard and when he finally left the ice he was spitting blood and very angry. He’ll need to surgery to set the jaw and will probably be taking his meals through a straw for a while. There’s no telling at this point how much time he’ll miss.

This is very bad news for a Red Wings team already hard hit by injuries. It looks like it won’t be getting any easier any time soon.

I really didn’t like this hit. In the replay it looks like Kostopoulis clearly targeted the head. We’ll see what the league decides but I won’t be surprised if he’s suspended.

In the meantime let’s all wish Stuart a speedy recovery!

Chris Osgood Earns 400th Career Victory

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Chris Osgood finally won his 400th game and he did it in spectacular fashion last night at the Pepsi Center in Colorado. The Red Wings looked tired and Osgood was shelled by the Avalanche especially in the second period. He stopped 46 out of 49 shots and many of the saves were ones for the highlight reel.

Osgood has been looking forward to this milestone since last November so it’s quite a relief to get it out of the way. This puts him in 10th place on the list of all time regular season wins and just four wins away from passing his idol Grant Fuhr.

Congratulations to Chris Osgood on this huge accomplishment!

Cleary Out With Broken Ankle

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The news was not good for Dan Cleary and the Red Wings. He was hit in the ankle by a Brad Stuart shot in last night’s game against the Wild. He didn’t leave the game at the time although he didn’t play much after that. The fact that he stayed on the bench gave a little hope that he might be alright. Unfortunately, it was just that his skate was tight enough to hold his ankle in place and prevent the swelling. Once he took the skate off after the game he knew something was wrong.

It’s a fracture of the ankle bone and it’ll probably take at least a month for him to return. So the Red Wings lose another forward with Datsyuk and Modano already out long term. They’ve been pretty lucky injury-wise so far this season but it seems like it’s starting to catch up with them. Let’s hope the rest of the team can stay healthy!

Datsyuk To Miss Four Weeks With Broken Hand

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

In last night’s game against the Canucks, Datsyuk tripped over Samuelsson’s glove and fell hard to the ice. It didn’t look like much but he left the game during the first intermission. Unfortunately, he has a broken hand and will be out for four weeks. He was in a cast before the end of the game.

This is a big blow to the Red Wings. Datsyuk was really cranking this season. Luckily the Red Wings have a lot of depth and will call up Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids. This will be a good chance for some younger guys to make an impression.

Maltby Retires

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Ken Holland called a press conference this afternoon during which Kirk Maltby announced his retirement. After being sent to Grand Rapids to make room for younger guys on the Wings roster, Maltby decided that it was a good time to call it a career. Ken Holland stated that Maltby probably still has some more hockey left in him but with so much young talent they couldn’t find room for Maltby.

Maltby had 107 goals and 115 assists in 908 games as a Red Wing. He was a part of all four of the recent Stanley Cup winning teams.

Maltby will continue on with the Red Wings as a scout.

It’ll be strange to see a Red Wings team without Kirk Maltby after all these years but I’m happy that he’s staying within the Red Wing family.

Last Minute Moves

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The final few days before the start of the regular season have brought us a few last minute roster changes for the Red Wings.

The Wings ended up having to leave Ritola unprotected and he was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Maltby and Meech were both assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins after they cleared waivers. Maltby is reportedly considering retirement.

Those moves bring the roster count to 23 so they’re ready to go. It’s a much different team this year compared to last year. I’m excited about the new lineup. There’s some great young players that are just coming into their own but still a nice assortment of veterans to continue in the mentor role.

Here We Go!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

The long summer is over and the new season is almost upon us. There have been some big changes to the Red Wings during the offseason that I’m sure most of you are already familiar with but I’ll quickly recap some of them since I’ve been taking it easy all summer and not updating the blog.

The biggest change is the departure of Steve Yzerman. He left his front office position this summer to join the Tampa Bay Lightning as general manager. It’s a great move for him and I can’t wait to see the impact he has on The Bolts. I happen to live in the Tampa Bay area and drive past the St. Pete Times Forum, Yzerman’s new office, everyday on my way to work. He’s already made some excellent acquisitions for the team’s roster. The Lightning have new owners, a new GM, a new coach and a lot of new players. This should be fun to watch! Let’s wish Stevie Y. all the best right up until the Wings play the Bolts in the finals.

The Red Wings signed a one year deal with U.S. hockey legend Mike Modano during the summer. That’s a huge win for the Wings and it works out great for Modano as well since he wanted to move back to his home state of Michigan. His impact will be felt immediately.

Another feather in Ken Holland’s cap is the return of Jiri Hudler. I’m really excited to watch him play this season. I love his energy and his scoring touch around the net. So far this preseason he’s been playing on a line with Modano and Cleary. I can’t wait to watch them play together this season. If Babcock keeps that line together they could do great things.

Some of our old favorite Grand Rapids Griffins will likely get full time roster spots this season while Kirk Maltby is fighting to make the team. It’s very possible that he might not be a Red Wing this year. He has a one year, two way contract so if he doesn’t crack the roster he’ll be playing for the Griffins and could always be called up if needed.

In other Red Wings related news, Chris Chelios officially retired from play during the off season. He will be returning to the Red Wings organization with a front office position as Assistant to Hockey Operations. It’s great to see him back with the Wings!

Draper will start the season recovering from a groin injury. Hopefully, it won’t be a problem but at least this is the best time of year for that to happen.

I’m really excited about the team this year. They look great on paper. The addition of Modano and Hudler should be a big boost to the offense.

The Red Wings’ first game is this Friday, October 8th at 7:00pm at the Joe against the Ducks. Let’s go Red Wings!