Red Wings Hire Bylsma as Assistant Coach

Red Wings Hire Bylsma as Assistant Coach

June 22nd, 2018 Before the draft chaos ensues, the Detroit Red Wings announced a calming move in the hire of Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach. This spring, the veteran NHL coach assisted Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill in the World Championships for Team...
Last Red Wings to Win Each NHL Award

Last Red Wings to Win Each NHL Award

June 20th, 2018 On Sunday night, I realized that it had been a few years since a member of the Detroit Red Wings had won a major NHL award. Previously, it was an annual occurrence, with Nicklas Lidstrom’s Norris trophies and Pavel Datsyuk’s various awards becoming commonplace. At the very least, someone...

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June 14th, 2018
Red Wings History

Nowadays, international hockey players in the NHL are commonplace. It's hard to imagine hockey without the distinct skating style of the Russians or the finesse of the Swedes. The Red Wings, like many teams, have fallen under the influence of the Europeans. Iconic lines dot their history and they have several others in their sites. Though they embrace what the European nations have to offer now, drafting Euros was a risk once upon a time. Tommi Salmelainen was the first ever European drafted in the NHL in 1969 by St. Louis. Following suit, the Red Wings kicked off their Euro-love in 1977 by drafting Dean Willers (UK) and Bjorn Skaare (NOR). The Red Wings took a risk drafting Willers and Skaare. Up until that point, Canadians and Americans dominated the league. By 1977, the Red Wings had missed six consecutive playoffs and were in need of a drastic change. Even under the leadership of Red Wings great Alex Delvecchio, Detroit was limping a lot more than they’d care to. They...
June 12th, 2018
NHL Entry Draft

Later this month, the Detroit Red Wings will arrive at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas hoping to leave with a handful of future NHL contributors. General manager Ken Holland and his staff will have spent hundreds of hours pouring over their draft board, hoping that their rankings will guide them to draft a few difference-makers. In all, the Red Wings possess 11 picks spread across the draft’s seven rounds. Through a few key trades, seven of those choices will come within the first 100 picks, including four in the top-36. First Round – No. 6 & 30/31 (from Golden Knights) Second Round – No. 33 (from Senators via Rangers) & 36 Third Round – No. 67, 81 (from Flyers) & 84 (from Penguins) Fourth Round – No. 98 Fifth Round – None Sixth Round – No. 159 (from Canadiens) & 160 Seventh Round – No. 191 As the Red Wings continue to rebuild, the 2018 NHL Draft presents an opportunity for the franchise to fast-forward its efforts. Adding...
June 11th, 2018
Detroit Red Wings

This year’s NHL Entry Draft could likely be the most anticipated for Detroit Red Wings fans since the revolutionizing 1989 draft. The current Red Wings’ sufferings are almost a mirror image of the “Dead Wings” era leading up to their infamous 1996-97 Stanley Cup victory. The Wings struggled through the draft year after year, ending up with players who never touched NHL ice or those who didn’t meet expectations. Even after selecting Steve Yzerman in the 1983 draft, the Wings' woes continued. Much like the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is expected to do, the 1989 draft changed the tide for Detroit, which gives hope to the franchise and its followers. Yzerman was a catalyst for the organization’s momentum shift, but it was many years before he even saw the fruits of his labor. Drafted fourth overall in 1983, Yzerman was immediately put in the NHL at the ripe age of 18 and proved immediately that he was worth his weight in gold by producing 87 points in 80 games. Yzerman is...
June 11th, 2018
NHL Entry Draft

Now that the Stanley Cup Final is over, it’s time to focus on how the Detroit Red Wings approach the 2018 NHL Draft. (Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on the win and erasing years of frustration – something that Red Wings fans can relate to.) The upcoming draft is likely the most important since the George H. W. Bush administration and will give Ken Holland and his team the opportunity to significantly bolster Detroit’s prospect pipeline as the rebuild continues. Of their 11 picks in this year’s draft, the No. 6 selection is the most critical to the organization’s success. But how should the Red Wings handle that selection? Should they take the best player available, or the top defenseman? Some have called for Detroit to trade up. Others, to trade back. Clearly, Holland has a lot of options to consider as the draft draws near. In this week’s edition of The Grind Line, THW’s Red Wings coverage team shares their take on what...

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Top 3 All-Time Red Wings Goalies

The Detroit Red Wings have had some incredible goalies don the Winged Wheel over the past 90 years. Many of these masked men rank among the top goaltenders to ever play the game, so narrowing them down to the top three isn’t an easy task. When ranking the top three Red Wings goalies of... June 17th, 2018

Phantom Sniper Fires Up Red Wings' "Terrible Ted"

Back in the 1950s, the Detroit Red Wings were nearly unstoppable. That is, until Jack Adams broke up the band. But before Adams could attempt his own rebuild, the franchise won four Stanley Cups in six years. Between 1950 and 1956, the Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs met in the Stanley Cup... April 19th, 2018

Steve Yzerman, The Captain

  To locals he was simply known as “The Captain.” Unfortunately overshadowed by two guys named Gretzky and Lemieux over most of his career, Steve Yzerman finally got the respect he deserved in 1997 when he finally led the Detroit Red Wings to that ever elusive Stanley Cup, a drought of 42... October 17th, 2017

Do You Know Your Red Wings Trivia?

Are you a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan? Think you know all there is to know about the team? Let’s find out. We’ve dug into the past to pull out some key moments by some of the great players and coaches in the franchise’s history. How Well Do You Know the Wings’ History? How many... August 19th, 2017