Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jagr Bombs

When the Wings expressed their interest in free agent Jaromir Jagr I was pretty pumped. He’s one of the all-time greats and seems to have a little gas left in his tank. The way I see it: If you’re 39 years old and are returning to the NHL after playing in the KHL for the past three years, it makes the most sense to sign on with Detroit. 39-year-olds shine like bright stars here in Hockeytown. Jagr ended up signing a 1-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers worth $3.3 million. At first I was disappointed, but then I remembered two things:

1) “Money-hungry” isn’t a quality that typically fits the DRW norm
2) We have Pavel Datsyuk. Below is what I like to call a Datsyukian Jagr Bomb.

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NHL Announces National TV Schedule

NHL on Versus

One of the more exciting days of the long, unbearable, NHL off season has arrived. The NHL and its partners released their National TV Schedule today. Wings fans can look forward to seeing their team compete in 12 games this year on NBC and Versus (soon to be renamed NBC Sports Network). That trails only Boston and Philadelphia (both with 13 games) for the most appearances on National TV.

Additionally, the Red Wings will be a part of 3 Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts on CBC.  Canadian sports channel TSN plans to show 5 Red Wings games to its national audience, and the NHL Network plans to showcase the perennial playoff contenders 9 times (These games will be blacked out it the Detroit market).

Now if you are like me, you’d rather watch the Red Wings own Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond do their thing on local Fox Sports Net. I will save that rant for another blog post, but I understand the honor and importance of gaining national exposure for your hockey team. And I also know the pain of being out of town and desperately searching for TV coverage of your favorite squad.

So no matter what corner of Canada or the United States you find yourself this winter, rest assured that there will plenty of opportunities to watch your favorite team.

Some notable nationally televised Red Wings games below:

  • 11/25/11 Detroit @ Boston  (Former champions play host in first NBC game of the year)
  • 11/30/11 Tampa Bay @ Detroit (Yzerman returns home with the Eastern Conference finalist)
  • 2/17/12 San Jose @ Detroit (rematch of last year’s seven game playoff battle)
  • 4/7/12 Chicago @ Detroit  (Final game of regular season)

You can read the full story and access the full National Schedules at: NHL announces its national TV schedule for 2011-12 – NHL.com – Schedule.