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 ReadGustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar had unfair, albeit natural expectations as they rose to the Detroit Red Wings. Both of them were drafted outside the first round, spent years over-ripening in the minors, and burst onto the scene upon acclimation to the league. When they were called up, the team had a duo nearing the end of their time together that went through a similar experience. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were also low draftees. Both were patiently brought through the system and similarly produced early returns. With them, the franchise's consistent success extended from the dynasty years to the mid-2010's. One more Stanley Cup in 2008 and countless memorable moments followed this pair, famously dubbed the "Euro Twins." To the average follower of the team, history seemed to be repeating. Nyquist had two 25-goal seasons under his belt before the age of 26. Tatar nearly touched 30 as a 24-year-old. The torch was going to be passed, and this upstart duo would...
New York IslandersAs the 2018 NHL trade deadline approaches, the Detroit Red Wings once again find themselves in a position to sell. With Detroit providing the supply, the New York Islanders could step forward with the corresponding demand. Last month, John Niyo of the Detroit News speculated that the Islanders could be a match if the Red Wings decided that it was in their best interest to part with a goalie. Niyo mentioned Jimmy Howard as a trade chip, but this was before Petr Mrazek caught fire. I’ll go a step further: Detroit and New York match up on multiple levels and could put together a blockbuster trade before the deadline. This would extend beyond a goalie switching teams and has the potential include a handful of components. Let’s dig in. Analyzing the Demand Why would the Islanders want to acquire players from the Red Wings? Put simply: John Tavares. It’s widely known that the franchise center is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. To...
Red Wings ProspectsThree Detroit Red Wings prospects from the 2016 draft were hot commodities during junior hockey trade deadlines last month, which could be a big step in the organization’s rebuild. Heading into action Feb. 7, with 30 games remaining, Detroit sits eight points out of a playoff spot with four teams in the way of the second wild-card spot. Not an impossible feat, but certainly an improbable one. The future is now in Detroit, as evidenced by a breakout from Dylan Larkin, strong growth from Andreas Athanasiou, flashes of dominance from Anthony Mantha and the surprising play of Tyler Bertuzzi, all under the age of 24. But there are still many holes in Detroit’s game; most particularly a lack of grit and an aging, unsteady blue line. General manager Ken Holland has gone heavy on defense, size and grit in the past few drafts and some of his most recent picks are showing promise in those departments. Last month, a trio of 2016 selections drafted to fill the aforementioned voids...
Detroit Red WingsLast year, it was Kevin Shattenkirk. This year, it is Mike Green. Every year, when the trade deadline approaches, several teams are eager to land a power-play quarterback with no long-term commitment. Green fits that bill perfectly and is probably a better all-around defenceman than Shattenkirk, so there will be no shortage of interest in this rental. With the Detroit Red Wings fading from the playoff race — eight points back of a wild-card berth with 30 games remaining in their regular season — and Green a pending unrestricted free agent on July 1, Ken Holland will almost certainly be shopping his top blueliner between now and the Feb. 26 deadline. So, let the bidding war begin! There could be upwards of a dozen teams kicking tires on Green, but here are three potential suitors that stand out from the pack for various reasons. 1) Washington Capitals Green’s former team could sure use a guy like him. Washington went all-in on Shattenkirk last season and...