Alex Delvecchio’s 1972-73 Season
Detroit Red Wings Trivia
Ted Lindsay and the Phantom Sniper
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick
Top Moments at the Joe Louis Arena
Origins of the Octopus Toss
A Chat with Henrik Zetterberg
Long ReadWith the 2017-18 season in the books, the Detroit Red Wings will once again head into the offseason without a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup. This marks the second year in a row that the Red Wings missed the playoffs after a quarter-century of qualifying. While a rebuild is just what the doctor ordered, this is a proud franchise that prides itself on success. Missing the playoffs and inconsistent play throughout the season are not what the organization anticipated heading into the campaign. For many fans, frustrations grew over poor play, questionable lineup choices, and a lack of transparency this year. But after Detroit’s sustained, dynastic success, anything less than the Stanley Cup could be considered a failure. Hockeytown has certainly been spoiled with a quality on-ice product until recently. Despite their paltry record—which worsened from the prior year—there are positives that came out of the 2017-18 season. In this week’s edition of The Grind Line,...
Editor's ChoiceThe Detroit Red Wings have had a lot of players come and go since the introduction of a salary cap in 2005-06, so here’s a crack at the organization’s all-time salary cap team. Given the increase of the cap ceiling from the original $39 million in its inaugural season, salaries had to be prorated to the current $75 million cap ceiling in order to include current roster players. Each player’s highest cap hit as a Red Wing from 2005 to present day was converted into the percentage of the salary cap said player cost during the season with the highest cap ceiling. That percentage was then carried over into the current $75 million cap ceiling to determine the player’s cap hit in 2017-18. For example, Steve Yzerman played in one season following the introduction of the salary cap, where he had a cap hit of $1.25 million. That cap hit accounted for 3.21 percent of the $39 million cap ceiling. That 3.21 percent is the 2017-18 equivalent of a $2.4 million cap hit for the $75...
Toronto Maple LeafsThey are just hours away from each other and divisional rivals at that, but throughout the years the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings have also dealt with each other when it comes to trading players. While it’s been a while since the two teams have engaged in talks - Mar. 1998 to be exact - there have been a number of moves prior to that date. With that in mind, here’s a look at the five most recent moves between the Leafs and Wings. Poni Up The last time these rivals swapped players came back on Mar. 24, 1998 when the Leafs traded away defenceman Jamie Macoun in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Related: Maple Leafs' Recent Swaps With the Stars Macoun played 466 games over seven seasons for the Leafs, collecting 13 goals and 101 points over that span. He enjoyed four playoff seasons in Toronto, but never won a Cup with the team. Instead, he joined the Red Wings and played 76 games for the team over two seasons and tallied a goal...
Red Wings GoaltendingWhile the rebuild is in full swing for the Detroit Red Wings, their prospect pipeline depth seems to vary by position. In particular, Detroit does not have much going on in the goaltending department compared to their forwards and defensemen. This shouldn’t come as a shock, though. Dating back to the mid-90s, the Red Wings have not been able to draft and develop NHL goaltenders. This is evidenced by the state of the franchise’s goaltending tandem: Their one success is a 34-year-old veteran. Otherwise, they have an overwhelmed undrafted free agent. It’s true that not all draft picks work out. Very few selections go on to sustained success at the NHL level. But other organizations have had substantially more success than the Red Wings when it comes to drafting and developing netminders. Of the 18 goaltenders chosen by Detroit since the 1994 NHL Draft, only two have started more than five NHL games: Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek, who is trending in the wrong direction...