Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Detroit Red Wings Sign Niklas Kronwall to 7-year contract

Big news today from the Red Wings front office, as GM Ken Holland has inked defenseman Niklas Kronwall to a 7-year extension. The deal will keep arguably the Red Wings’ best blue liner in a Red Wings jersey until 2019. Kronwall, along with fellow Swedes Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg, signed until 2020 and 2021 respectively, will be the core of this Red Wings team for the remainder of the decade.

The move was an essential one for the team, as the 30 year old was playing in the final year of his current deal. The hard hitting Kronwall has chipped in two points this season. The contract averages out to about $4.75 million a year, and full details of the deal can be found at the link below.

Detroit Red Wings sign Niklas Kronwall to 7-year contract – ESPN.

Top 10 Goals of October

Here’s a kickass compilation of the Wings’ top 10 goals of October:

Awesome YouTube channel… check it out!

After Another Loss It’s Time To Get Wild

Even though the Wings looked better last night than they have over the last few games, it clearly wasn’t enough. Tonight they play the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center at 8pm.

Last Night

Highlights:

    • Zetterberg and Holmstrom scored Detroit’s two goals — both goals were assisted by Datsyuk and Lidstrom
    • Zetterberg was 14-3 on faceoffs
    • Jimmy Howard and Brad Stuart teamed up to make some remarkable saves in the first period
WTFs:
  • Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and White were all -2 last night
  • Hudler had no goals, assists, or even shots on goal…yet still ended up breaking even (+/-). He also had two penalties for holding in the 3rd
  • Holmstrom had another goal taken away on a goalie interference call
  • Datsyuk is -4 this season; Zetterberg -3; Lidstrom, Cleary, Kronwall, and Eaves are all -2
  • The Red Wings have scored only 4 goals in their last 3 games combined
Tonight
  • This is the 2nd time the Wings are facing the Wild this season — the Wings managed to come back from a 2-0 deficit and win in overtime the last time they met
  • The Red Wings are now 5-3-0 this season, the Wild are 3-3-3
  • Detroit has won their last 4 games vs. Minnesota
  • The Wings have a 28-6-3-4 all-time record against the Wild
“You can’t get frustrated. You have to stick with it and keep working hard. You’re going to have your ups and downs throughout the year. You have to fight through it. When you’re facing (a losing spell), you’ve got to dig harder and work harder.”
-Captain Nicklas Lidstrom
Keep the faith…Let’s go Wings!

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Sweet Dreams

I hope these vids help you sleep well tonight —

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Red Lines

  • Babcock is bitter about loss, Jimmy Howard is back from paternity leave (Helene St. James from the Detroit Free Press)
  • Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan says Mike Babcock is still shuffling
  • The Detroit Red Wings released their new hilarious commercial for the season. View it here
  • Detroit Hockey Report says the Wings need to pull out of their slump fast
  • Here is a clip from last night’s game — a gorgeous, legal hit by Pavel Datsyuk:

Blue Jackets No Longer Winless

I thought the 7-1 loss Saturday night would cause the Wings to wake up and smell the hummus but apparently there are still some kinks that need to be worked out.  Of course the Blue Jackets were “hungry for a win” — who wouldn’t be after an 8 game losing streak? But the Wings should have been hungry too.  Not just because we got dominated by the Caps a few nights ago, but because we’re the Red Wings and we’re always hungry.  We started off sloppy tonight, allowing a goal by RJ Umberger just 0:21 into the first period. Sometimes things clean up after a reality check like that, so it was a relief when Helm tied the score 4 1/2 minutes later.  Things really started to look up when 22-year-old Allen York came in to replace Steve Mason due to shoulder pain.  The sunshine didn’t stay out for long — Mason returned after only 2:33. To darken things up just a little more, the Wings were called for too many men on the ice, allowing Ryan Johansen his first NHL goal on the power play.

The second period was frustrating. There was some diddle-daddling and a couple of penalties and then 20-year-old rookie John Moore scored his first NHL goal at 14:16. Conklin made a few good saves this period, but none of Detroit’s 15 shots on goal made it in.

The third was just as frustrating as the first two. Babs switch up the lines a bit but it didn’t seem to help. Conklin made some impressive saves but the Jackets put up a fourth goal with 0:54 left in the game — a short-handed empty netter.

(Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Take-away points:

  • Helm scored his 1st goal of the season and ended up +1
  • Conklin was 28-31, he is now 75-85 for the season
  • Hudler was an invisible man — but sometimes it’s better that way
  • It would have been a little more bearable if there was any action whatsoever. I wanted/needed someone to drop the gloves. There was a VERY minimal scuffle (it consisted of one shove and some shit talking) involving Zetterberg and it’s not like that was going anywhere
Hopefully the Wings will get out of this slump in time to beat our archnemesis, the San Jose Sharks. The puck drops at the Joe at 7:30.

Top Shelf Tuesday

We hope you are enjoying the Wings game tonight. Take a second to vote on tonight’s Top Shelf Tuesday Goal of the Week. Congrats to Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom for their win last week, taking 70% of the vote.