Confusion over Hudler…not anymore

From mlive.com: “The story’s over. He’s going to play in Russia,” Holland said. “We’re waiting on the terms (of the salary arbitration case) he has to (honor) if and when he returns to the NHL.” Read the story here. This story broke earlier on Sportsnet, with the opposite being reported.  However, this now clarifies the […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Detroit Red Wings on July 31, 2009

On the Beat: Jacques Lemaire returning to New Jersey

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Randy Carlyle is happy with his team’s moves this off-season, especially the addition of a couple scoring forwards, but his main focus will still be team defense come the fall.  He should be happy.  The team has one of the best top-six forward units in hockey, some […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Detroit Red Wings,New Jersey Devils,On the Beat,St.Louis Blues on July 13, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Game 7 is the difference between never and forever, reaction to Marc Crawford hiring and Heatley would be perfect fit for Oilers

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart says it is “kind of surreal” to have your season success determined by just one game.  Wings GM Ken Holland says that in this situation, you cannot let your mind wander off.  Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma really doesn’t remember […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 12, 2009

On the Beat: Wings lines and reaction from Dave Tippett

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Penguins fans are calling this “The Shift 2,” courtesy of Brooks Orpik.  The Penguins’ entire defense corps really is underrated. Here are the lines from the Wings’ last practice of the season.  Datsyuk still with Zetterberg. Everyone else Mike Heika has Dave Tippett’s reaction […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Buffalo Sabres,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Northeast Division,On the Beat,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): The experts like Detroit, a closer look at Judge Baum and Dany Heatley’s issues with Senators run deeper than just the coach

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Writing for USA Today, Jacques Demers likes the Wings in Game 7.  (Writer’s note: Kelly Hrudey also picked the Wings last night on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show.)  (Second writer’s note: You figure if Demers is submitting a piece to USA Today, they could at least […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 11, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins come up big, relocation fee becomes issue in Coyotes situation and Dany Heatley wants out

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Drew Sharp says that Chris Osgood was really the only Wing that came to play last night in Pittsburgh.  Ted Kulfan disagrees and has some high praise for Henrik Zetterberg.  Detroit played like a team that could lose yesterday, opines Mitch Albom.  Bob Wojnowski […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 10, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Game 6 will be defining moment for Penguins’ big three, Brent Sutter expected to annouce he won’t return to Jersey and decision day in Coyotes case

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) There are a few special Red Wings that have been apart of the team’s Cup victories since 1997.  Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press warns fans not to take the Wings’ success for granted.  Last year he played in zero playoff games, but […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 9, 2009

On the Beat: Wings more injured than past teams and Carolina brings back same coaching staff

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Compared to their other championship teams, this Wings squad has faced the most significant injuries.  Good point by Wilkinson.  This is obviously a testament to the Wings’ depth.  Consider that they can insert Ville Leino or Justin Abdelkader into the lineup and get solid production, […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Minnesota Wild,On the Beat on June 8, 2009