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Hannah Storm: And with the Stanley Cup finals set we bring in NHL guru Barry Melrose to break it down for us, Barry we’ve got the Detroit Red Wings out of the east and the Dallas Stars out of the west. Barry let's talk about how these two teams got here, first the Red Wings.
 
Barry Melrose: Well Hannah the Wings got here by completely changing their game plan once the playoffs began and it's a good thing they did. They entered the playoffs dead on arrival after a terrible March campaign despite being relatively healthy and cruising through the middle part of the season. 
Mike Babcock turned their game plan upside down and got them playing more of a fore checking and neutral zone style of play. The amount that opposing teams are able to skate the puck into the Red Wings zone has drastically reduced and the whole team is playing much more of a two way game.
You know the loss of Datsyuk and Nyquist, no body in their right mind would have had the Wings coming out of the first round much less winning the east with two of their top line guys going down but here they are thanks to a new coat of paint on their strategies and the leadership of guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, have them in the inals.
 
HS: And as the adage goes a hot goaltender can carry a team through the playoffs. Tell us about Detroit’s net minding.
 
BM: Absolutely Hannah as I was going on and on about how the Wings have changed their game and become a more defensive team you can’t leave out Brian Elliott and the way he’s played. Absolutely put up a wall these playoffs. He’s like a man possessed since the end of the regular season… And ya know it's not like these guys don't hear the press and read the papers. You know Elliot saw what the Detroit writers were saying and now he’s out there on the ice proving us media types wrong, challenging the shooters and making good decisions with the puck. 
This series is going to come down to which team can be tighter defensively and allow the fewest scoring chances so if the Red Wings are going to lift the cup for the twelfth time, Brian Elliot is going to have to continue to be solid.
 
HS: Thanks Barry, we’ll have you back later in this episode of Sports Center to preview the Dallas Stars.
 


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Welcome Home Lord Stanley!

 

 
Detroit, MI- As confetti fell from the ceiling and fireworks rang out inside Joe Lewis Arena the Detroit Red Wings skated with the Stanley Cup held above their heads for the twelfth time in franchise history.
 
In a season of many ups a downs the team was held together by their veterans specifically Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg, who fittingly were the first two players to lift the silverware on Monday night; the Conn Smyth trophy for playoff MVP for Kronwall and the Stanley Cup for Zetterberg.
 
At the beginning of the season the Red Wings suddenly lost their general manager and the architect of the team. Since then they’ve had to endure rumors of their coach leaving at the end of the season, numerous injuries to key contributors like Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist, and they still stand atop the hockey mountain hardware in hand. 
 
“This is amazing!!” Zetterberg was nearly at a loss of words in post-game celebration on the ice. “All these guys have worked so hard to get here…  We all knew this team was capable of getting to this point and now to be here it’s just amazing!”
 
“Coming here this season it’s been a new experience but this is a top notch franchise and I’m so proud to be a part of it and to have been able to make my mark.” Goaltender Brian Elliot added from the post-game press conference.
 
“That’s it, I’m done! Count me as retired as of right now.” Todd Bertuzzi chose the on ice celebration as the best time to announce his retirement. The big winger will be forty in a month and decided to leave the game on top.
 
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Kronwall was selected as the recipient of the Conn Smyth award thanks in large part to his other worldly plus 24 playoff rating. As the offense sputtered at the end of the regular season the leader of the Wings’ blue line rallied his fellow defensemen and they stepped up as a unit. Goalie Brian Elliot finished the playoffs with a sub 2.00 GAA rating thanks in large part to the stellar play in front of him. 
 
“It’s huge, winning the Smyth.” Kronwall said about his latest award. “To now be mentioned along with other greats of this team like Lidstrom and Yzerman… It means a lot.”
 
Before the regular season many projected the Wings’ roster to be a year or two away from competing for a Stanley Cup. Then the team was thrown for a loop when long time general manager Ken Holland stepped aside from day to day operations due to health concerns. Rick Watkins filled in as interim GM but most hockey pundits thought the leadership fluctuation at the top of the club would yield uncertainty throughout the organization. 
 
Watkins though steadied the ship and made his mark when he traded away longtime premier net minder Jimmy Howard for scoring winger Valdimir Tarasenko, goalie Brian Elliot and draft picks.  The move worked out but the interim GM came under fire as the team hit a long losing streak in April after a trade deadline day which saw the franchise choosing not to make any moves. Despite the late season swoon Detroit is atop the mountain again thanks to an amazing playoff run. 
 
Now team owner Mike Ilitch will have a decision to make if he wants to stick with Watkins or search the market to see if there may be a higher profile candidate available for the position of general manger.
 
Series Recap:
 
Game 1: Red Wings 3 – Stars 1
Game 2:  Red Wings 4 – Stars 3
Game 3: Stars 2 – Red Wings 1
Game 4: Stars 2 – Red Wings 3 
Game 5: Red Wings 1 – Stars 3
Game 6: Stars 1 – Red Wings 5
 
 


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Congrats on the Cup Win!  Kronwall was a BEAST!



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Congrats on the Cup Win!  Kronwall was a BEAST!

 

Thanks for following along! It was a little easier to cruise through the playoff than i had expected (& hoped) so I may bump the difficulty next season. & yes Kronwall was a total beast. I love it when defensemen win the conn smyth since its almost always forwards or goalies.



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Entry: June 11th, 2014
 
What an incredible ride the playoff were. Nobody gave us a shot to even get out of the first round much less go the distance to win the Stanley Cup and yet tomorrow we’ll be parading down Woodward Ave with the cup in hand. I’m embarrassed to admit that after Datsyuk and Nyquist went down against the Pens I thought for sure our season would be cut short but fortunately we got a great matchup against the Devils and then somehow gutted out four wins against the Lightning who are so young and talented I’m sure we’ll be seeing them in the playoffs for years to come.
 
As for Dallas and the finals… Well I think the guys were just running on adrenaline at that point. Elliot and our defense were so on point that I think we could have beaten an all-star squad in a seven game series.
 
I think Detroit is no easy town to please and the fan’s relationship with this franchise is special. The city truly embraced this team and never gave up even when Datsyuk & Nyquist wnet down. The style of play got a little uglier but the fans never lost faith in these boys. It’s great to be a part of brining another crown to the city.
 
All good feelings aside the front office will be working major overtime during the next few months to get the roster ready to go for October. The one drawback of deep playoff runs is that the whole franchise is put under pressure to reboot in less time than everyone else. Along with that our veteran players have to put more miles on their legs and have less time to recover before the beginning of the season.
 
Nevertheless we’ve got the entry draft, resigning period and free agent period around the corner so it’s time to buckle down again after a very brief celebration.


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2013-14 NHL Post Season Awards
Award Player Pos Team
Hart Memorial Trophy Pekka Rinne G Nashville Predators
Calder Memorial Trophy Nikita Kucherov RW Tampa Bay Lightning
Vezina Trophy Pekka Rinne G Nashville Predators
Art Ross Trophy Jonathan Toews C Chicago Blackhawks
Rocket Richard Trophy Zach Parise LW Minnesota Wild
James Norris Memorial Trophy Niklas Kronwall D Detroit Red Wings
William M Jennings Trophy Mike Smith G Phoenix Coyotes
Conn Smythe Trophy Niklas Kronwall D Detroit Red Wings
Frank J. Selke Trophy Patrice Bergeron C Boston Bruins
Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy Braydon Coburn D Philadelphia Flyers
Ted Lindsay Award Pekka Rinne G Nashville Predators
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C Edmonton Oilers


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Detroit Red Wings Offseason Preview

 

 
As your cousin twice removed from Detroit will surly remind you time and again over the next eight months, the Red Wings are the defending Stanley Cup Champions. While that’s enough to turn the stomach of most hockey fans, those form the motor city are people too and we figured we may as well include them in our off season preview series.
It turns out the defending champs will likely be quite busy this offseason thanks to some retirement as well as several contracts ending, not to mention a hefty need to restock their prospect pool.
 
Departing:
 
Todd Bertuzzi announced his retirement just moments after he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time. Bravo to him for completing that goal but this leaves a grinder/enforcer shaped hole in their pool for forwards which was already lacking toughness. They’ll HAVE to address this at some point during this off season. 
Bertuzzi is expected to be the only defection due to retirement for the wings this offseason.
 
RFAs:
 
 

Red Wings' Restricted Free Agents
Pos Player Notes
LW Tomas Tatar Played most of the season in the NHL, decent potential moving forward
D Danny DeKeyser Played all season in NHL, good size slow feet
C Riley Sheahan Played all season in the AHL, high ceiling two way forward
C Corey Emmerton Played all season in the AHL, possibly too old to capitalize on NHL potential
C Landon Ferraro Played all season in the AHL, solid leader and defensive forward, no offense
RW Mitch Callahan Played all season in the AHL, grinder w' few offensive skills
D Max Nicastro Played all season in the AHL, too slow to make impact in NHL
C Louis-Marc Aubry Healthy scratch most of year in AHL, decent skills but needs to work on positioning
C Andrej Nestrasil Healthy scratch most of year in AHL, is long shot to make contribution in NHL
 
The important names here are Tatar, DeKeyser, Sheahan, and Emmerton who are either already NHL level contributors in the case of Tatar and Dekeyser or are expected to be contributors soon in the case of Sheahan and Emmerton. In the case of all four I’d expect the Wings brass to lock these guys down for multiple years instead of submitting qualified offers.  
 
UFAs:
 
 

Red Wings Unrestricted Free Agents
Pos Player Notes
RW Todd Bertuzzi Retired
C David Legwand Decent speed and shooting skills, difficult to predict if he'll be pursued
LW Daniel Cleary Not a huge impact on the ice but popular among teammates
D Kyle Quincey Wings will certainly pay to keep the young skilled defender
G Brian Elliot Media darling after an excellent playoff run, Detroit will either sign Elliot or have to test the market
G Jonas Gustavson Elliot's backup, I suspect they'll allow Gus to walk in favor of talented prospect Petr Mrazek assuming backup duties
 
Here’s where we can expect some fluctuation, fortunately for the Wings most of their UFAs are considered role players. Legwand will, in all likelihood, get resigned as will Quincey but the team will have to pony up for both of them. Given their age Cleary and Samuelsson (35 and 37 respectively) will probably be given the chance to test the market. The goalie crease is interesting as Elliot will surely be able to command a price tag higher than he’s worth thanks to his heroic playoff performance. Gustoffsen is a capable backup with experience so he may shun the franchise to test the market even if he does get an offer.
 
Needs:
 
Detroit needs to decide if they’re ready to give guys like Emmerton and Sheahan a shot in the bigs and if so they shouldn’t need to make a ton of new acquisitions. If they’d rather stick to the veterans then they’ll certainly have to open their wallets to go after a proven center or possibly add some help to their corps of blue liners.


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June 24, 2014

 

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Trades & Snipers for Red Wings

 

Detroit, MI- The Red Wings wasted no time adding to their team on draft day when GM Rick Watkins traded away one of their three first round selections. The Wings’ began the day slotted to make selections at 15th, 23rd, and 30th overall but Watkins saw an opportunity to add some grit to their roster and took it.

“We were very happy to go into the day with three first round selections but our minor league system is already in great shape so we wanted to see if we could turn one of those picks into a player who could step into our lineup on opening night.” Watkins stated.

 

The New York Islanders were happy to oblige as they continue their rebuilding efforts. In the end the deal was a simple player for pick trade as the Red Wings sent their 30th overall selection to the Islanders for 26 year old winger Cal Clutterbuck.

 

“With Bertuzzi retired Cal will add some toughness to the lineup and should provide a boost in the fore-check. We’re excited to have him on the team.” Watkins said of the deal.

 

Clutterbuck came up through the Minnesota Wild organization before playing last season for the Islanders. He plays the role of grinder and can mix it up in front of the net but also has decent speed. The Red Wings will absorb his full contract through the 2016-17 season at a salary of $2.75 million.

 

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Once the draft began it was no surprise to anyone in attendance that the Arizona Coyotes took highly touted defenseman Aaron Ekblad first overall. Once the Red Wings were on the clock it didn’t take them long at all to snap up winger Michael Dal Colle with the 15th overall pick. The eighteen year old Canadian was projected to go in the top ten but slid as several teams opted for goaltenders. Dal Colle played his junior hockey with Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League and is expected to spend next season in the CHL unless the Red Wings believe he is ready for the AHL and a spot in Grand Rapids.

With the 23rd overall pick the Wings took another eighteen year old winger in William Nylander who has been playing in the Swedish Hockey League despite calling Calgary home. Like Dal Colle, Nylander is known for his skating ans shooting ability. It is expected that he will be returning to the OHL next season so he can develop a little more physically.

 

Draft Day Review:

Trade:

NYI Receives Detroit 1st round pick (30th)

DET receives RW Cal Clutterbuck

 

R1 15th pick: LW Michael Dal Colle

R1 23rd pick: RW William Nylander

 

(Full entry draft coverage can be found at freep.com/sports/red-wings)



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Entry: June 30th, 2014

 

            The entry draft was a big success. As is common we won’t know what players were steals or busts for a long time but by the end of the first round we had added Cal Clutterbuck who is a top nine forward at worst plus prospects William Nylander and Michael Dal Colle who appears to have been a steal at 15th overall.

            Today marks the end of the resigning period so here’s an update:

 

RFAs:

 

 

Tendered Unrestricted Free Agents
Pos Player Qualifying Offer
D Max Nicastro $925,000
RW Mitch Callihan $610,000
C Louis-Marc Aubry $625,000

 

 

Each of the RFAs we tendered are guys we’re probably willing to match sheets on but I’m thinking it won’t come to that. Either they’ll step up their games this coming season and make themselves a part of our future or they’ll be supplanted by draft picks down the line.

 

UFAs

 

 

Released Free Agents
Pos Player 2013-14 Salary/ notes
RW Mikael Samuelsson $925,000 / Added depth last season and really didn’t get to see the ice very much. Hopefully he’ll be able to land somewhere that he’ll get more playing time..
G Jonas Gustavsson $1,375,000 / A very serviceable backup but the Grand Rapids staff say Mrzaek is ready for backup duties in the majors so that's who we’re going with there, Gus will certainly land on his skates elsewhere
LW Daniel Cleary $550,000/  was a tough decision to let go but we want to free the space for some prospects to have a chance to make an impact..

 

 

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New Contracts

 

 

Resigned Free Agents
Pos Player Length / Salary/ Notes
C Landon Ferraro 3 years / $760,000 / Least impressive of our center prospects but we’re not willing to pull the plug yet. Without progress in the next two years we may look to move him
C Riley Sheahan 3 years / $1,490,000 / A very exciting prospect who is getting pait to make an impact in the bigs next seaso, should turn into top defensive forward
C Cory Emmerton 3 years / $700,000 / At 25 years old it will take a big jump for Cory to be a full time NHL player, for the price though he adds depth in Grand Rapids and options when injuries strike
D Kyle Quincy 4 years / $4,470,000 / This is almost Kronwall type money but the market is hot for blue liners and we wanted to keep him
D Danny DeKeyser 3 years / $1,900,000 / This was a bit of a no brainer. Danny didn’t quite have the breakout we would have hoped for but he’s young and for three years under $2MM the hope (& assumption) is that in year three it’ll be a huge bargain
G Brian Elliot 3 years / $1,215,000 / We went back and forth on this. Though Brian was a playoff hero playing out of his mind I wasn't sure three years would be wise but the price is ok even if he winds up behind Mrazek
LW Tomas Tatar 4 years / $1,550,000 /             We asked for an extra year from Tomas’ agent as he also only wanted three years originally. We ended up paying him a little more but it was worth it to me to have him locked down longer.

 

 

Free Agency:

 

            The upcoming free agent class isn’t all too impressive but there are opportunities to better the team. We’ll still be looking to potentially add some bigger forwards but more than anything I’d like to target a top 4 defenseman. We’ll see what happens.



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Entry: September 14th, 2014

 

            The off season is winding down and vacations are coming to an end for players, coaches, and front office staff alike. Training camp is set to begin tomorrow in beautiful Traverse City Michigan with the first preseason game is just nine days away. I would be lying if I were to say it wasn’t a wild off season in terms of player movement as well as celebration with the Stanley Cup.

             Free agency was disappointing as we perused a few players who ultimately didn’t sign with the team. I feel we failed in our goal to add toughness to the roster but in lieu of that we added some solid vets who can put the puck in the net.

 

Signed Free Agents:

 

 

Signed FAs
Pos Player Years/ Salary
LW Wojtek Wolski 2 Years / $2,550,000
RW Michael Frolik 1 year / $1,630,000
G Anders Nilsson 3 years / $910,000

 

 

-          Wolski spent last season in Russia after no one was interested in signing him last off season. This is a speculative move and a bit of a risk at the length and price of his contract but the market took a jump and this is the price we needed to pay to beat out two other teams.

-          Frolik has bounced between Europe and the NHL over the last three seasons and there are rumors that he’s too much of a partyer to stick with a premier club. I’m expecting that the leaders in our locker room will set him straight. If he won’t walk the straight and narrow then we’ll ship him elsewhere or just let his contract expire.

-          Nilsson was a steal to be sure in the third week of free agency. At 24 years old I think he’s got a high ceiling and given our goalie situation in Detroit we can let him try to realize that growth in Grand Rapids.

 

 

 

The whole coaching staff is excited for camp to see who comes back in better shape than they were last season, whose game has improved, and which draftees will set themselves apart from the rest.

            If there is any dead time for the front office its now. At this point we’ll be watching the players for chemistry and listening to the coaching staff to see if any changes need to be made. Other than that we’re just getting our ducks in a row for scouting the 2015 entry draft. 



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October 7, 2014

 

Free-Press.jpgRed Wings 2014-15 Season Preview

 

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Probable Line Parings

 

FWD 1: Nyquist - Datsyuk - Taresenko

FWD 2: Abdelkader -  Zetterberg - Franzen

FWD 3: Tatar - Helm - Clutterbuck

FWD 4: Wolski – Weiss – Frolik

 

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There isn’t much change among the top six forwards coming into this season and one can expect solid chemistry among these lines. The third and fourth lines though bring with them three players who will be donning the winged wheel for the first time on opening night. The first couple weeks of the season should tell Mike Babcock where the chemistry is. Fans can expect to see the head coach shuffle guys around throughout the season until he hits the right combination.

 

DEF 1: Kronwall - Quincey

DEF 2: Smith - Kindl

DEF 3: Ericsson – DeKeyser

 

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 All six of the Wings’ blue liners return from last season. This will likely be the Red Wings strongest area as the season gets under way as each player is capable of highlight reel hits and offensive contribution as well.  It will be up to the Wings’ opponents to crack this impressive defensive corps.

 

Goalies: Elliot – Mrazek

 

Brian Elliot is coming off of a magical Stanley Cup run and was rewarded for his efforts with multi year deal in the offseason, he’ll be expected to prove he’s worth the money. In the back up role Petr Mrazek will make his NHL debut this season. The team doesn’t expect him to set the world on fire with his play but he’s been very productive in the minors and now is his time to step up.

Given the lack of goalie depth in the franchise this could be a trouble position. If Elliot hits an extended cold streak and Mrazek isn’t ready for the pros the team will have to hit the trade market for a backstop.

 

 

AHLers To Watch For

 

The Red Wings continue to have one for the most loaded minor league systems in the NHL and fans can expect to see the benefits of that this season.  Center Riley Sheahan is expected to be called up and log major minutes with the Wings along with Center Joakim Andersson. Young defenseman Brian Lashoff will start the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins but is expected to be called up should the need for an extra body on the blue line arise.

Sources within the organization are saying wingers Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and defensemen Xavier Oulett are all a year or more away from being contributors in the NHL but will provide lots of excitement in Grand Rapids this season.

 

Defending Cup Champs

 

No one in the organization has shied away from the fact that repeating as Stanely Cup Champions is an incredibly difficult task, completed only twice since 1990.

“We know the target will be on our back all season.” Mike Babcock commented. “Opposing teams will say ‘hey we’re going up against the champs tonight so lets step it up big time’ but we’re excited for the opportunity.”

“Just like any other season our goal starting out the year is to win the Stanley Cup.” Captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “If anything it gives us more drive to keep it here in Detroit rather than let someone else take it.”

 

Raising Banners

 

The Red Wings first game of the season is at home October 11th against the Florida Panthers and will feature a brief ring ceremony followed by the raising of the franchise’s 12th Stanley Cup Championship banner.



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Entry: October 8th, 2014

 

The Season kicks off for the Detroit Red Wings October 11th against the Florida Panthers at The Joe. There’s a buzz around the whole facility from the front office staff down to the building maintenance crew and the fans around the city are pumped up. The chance to defend the cup has put a charge in this team and heightened everyone’s emotions, you can see it in the players at practice.

 

Coach Babcock has drilled into the players all preseason that they’ll have to do everything they did last season with twice the intensity and twice the precision if we are to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. I love Babs’ leadership.

 

In the front office we’ve set our scouts schedules and as per usual they’ll be spending just about 100% of their time in Canada watching CHL games. Each time we have a meeting to discuss scouting and the 2015 draft I can’t help the fact that I want to get Connor McDavid. Everyone chuckles and says that if we have the first overall pick we’re all going to lose our jobs. They’re right, it would take an epic catastrophe of injuries for this team to receive the number 1 pick.

 

I look at that guy though and see the next Yzerman…. Put a C on that jersey and twenty years later his number is in the rafters. Nevertheless we’ll have to see how it fleshes out.



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Detroit Red Wings 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Oct 11 vs Florida Panthers  
Oct 15 vs New Jersey Devils  
Oct 17 vs New York Islanders  
Oct 19 vs New York Rangers  
Oct 22 vs Philadelphia Flyers  
Oct 24 at New Jersey Devils  
Oct 26 vs Columbus Blue Jackets  
Oct 30 at Carolina Hurricanes  
Nov 1 at Washington Capitals  
Nov 3 vs Buffalo Sabres  
Nov 6 at Buffalo Sabres  
Nov 8 vs Florida Panthers  
Nov 9 at Montreal Canadiens  
Nov 11 vs Tampa Bay Lightning  
Nov 13 at Tampa Bay Lightning  
Nov 15 vs Edmonton Oilers  
Nov 17 vs Phoenix Coyotes  
Nov 19 vs Vancuover Canucks  
Nov 22 at Chicago Blackhawks  
Nov 25 at Vancuover Canucks  
Nov 27 at Boston Bruins  
Nov 29 at Ottawa Senators  
Dec 1 vs Tampa Bay Lightning  
Dec 2 vs Dallas Stars  
Dec 4 vs Nashville Predators  
Dec 7 vs Winnipeg Jets  
Dec 11 at Winnipeg Jets  
Dec 13 at St. Louis Blues  
Dec 15 at Nashville Predators  
Dec 17 at Pittsburgh Penguins  
Dec 19 vs Washington Capitals  
Dec 21 vs Pittsburgh Penguins  
Dec 22 at Philadelphia Flyers  
Dec 26 vs Toronto Maple Leafs  
Dec 27 at Boston Bruins  
Dec 29 vs Ottawa Senators  
Jan 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs  
Jan 3 vs Boston Bruins  
Jan 7 vs Toronto Maple Leafs  
Jan 9 vs Minnesota Wild  
Jan 10 vs St. Louis Blues  
Jan 13 at Calgary Flames  
Jan 15 vs LA Kings  
Jan 19 at Minnesota Wild  
Jan 20 at Dallas Stars  
Jan 25 vs ALL STAR GAME  
Jan 27 at Colorado Avalanche  
Jan 29 vs Chicago Blackhawks  
Jan 31 at Anaheim Ducks  
Feb 2 at Edmonton Oilers  
Feb 3 vs Calgary Flames  
Feb 5 at Carolina Hurricanes  
Feb 6 at Buffalo Sabres  
Feb 9 at Ottawa Senators  
Feb 10 at Florida Panthers  
Feb 13 vs Montreal Canadiens  
Feb 16 vs Carolina Hurricanes  
Feb 17 at New York Rangers  
Feb 19 at Columbus Blue Jackets  
Feb 21 vs San Jose Sharks  
Feb 22 vs Anaheim Ducks  
Feb 24 vs Colorado Avalanche  
Feb 28 at Vancuover Canucks  
Mar 2 at San Jose Sharks  
Mar 3 at Phoenix Coyotes  
Mar 4 vs TRADE DEADLINE  
Mar 6 at LA Kings  
Mar 8 at Tampa Bay Lightning  
Mar 10 vs Boston Bruins  
Mar 12 vs Ottawa Senators  
Mar 14 at New York Islanders  
Mar 16 vs New York Rangers  
Mar 19 vs New Jersey Devils  
Mar 21 vs New York Islanders  
Mar 23 at Washington Capitals  
Mar 24 vs Philadelphia Flyers  
Mar 26 at Pittsburgh Penguins  
Mar 28 at Columbus Blue Jackets  
Mar 30 vs Buffalo Sabres  
Apr 3 vs Florida Panthers  
Apr 4 at Montreal Canadiens  
Apr 7 vs Montreal Canadiens  
Apr 9 at Buffalo Sabres  
Apr 11 at Florida Panthers  


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Entry: November 1st, 2014

 

            The team started off the season with two difficult home losses including getting shut out by the Panthers the night we put the Stanley Cup Championship banner in the rafters.  Fortunately the boys got their legs back underneath hem and we finished up October 5-3 and in good position within the division.

 

            The predominant news in the Detroit Free Press outside of game to game results is that Coach Babcock is on the last year of his contract and he hasn’t been able to reach a deal with management. In my dealings with his people it’s been a bit of a strange ride. In one meeting it seems like they’re falling over themselves to work towards a deal and then the very next day they’re acting like he’s already got another position lined up.

 

            Babs is a top notch coach and we want to keep him for sure but we’re confident that we can find someone else to fill the spot behind the bench and do a great job.

 

            Other than the above there isn’t much news around the organization. The team has been healthy and the guys in Grand Rapids are working hard. The league as a whole seems to have had a moratorium on player movement. It seems like each franchise is only willing to add bodies through the draft and ditch their bad contracts as they expire. 



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Detroit Red Wings October 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Oct 11 vs Florida Panthers Lost, 3-0
Oct 15 vs New Jersey Devils Lost, 4-2
Oct 17 vs New York Islanders Won, 3-0
Oct 19 vs New York Rangers Won, 5-4
Oct 22 vs Philadelphia Flyers Won, 6-5
Oct 24 at New Jersey Devils Won, 4-1
Oct 26 vs Columbus Blue Jackets Lost, 3-0
Oct 30 at Carolina Hurricanes Won, 4-3


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DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Nov 1 at Washington Capitals  
Nov 3 vs Buffalo Sabres  
Nov 6 at Buffalo Sabres  
Nov 8 vs Florida Panthers  
Nov 9 at Montreal Canadiens  
Nov 11 vs Tampa Bay Lightning  
Nov 13 at Tampa Bay Lightning  
Nov 15 vs Edmonton Oilers  
Nov 17 vs Phoenix Coyotes  
Nov 19 vs Vancuover Canucks  
Nov 22 at Chicago Blackhawks  
Nov 25 at Vancuover Canucks  
Nov 27 at Boston Bruins  
Nov 29 at Ottawa Senators  


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Entry: December 1st, 2014

 

            The Red Wings went 9-5 in November and solidified a spot near the top of the division. So far we’ve been able to stay fairly healthey except for a couple lost games from Kindl and DeKeyser on the blue line. Fortunately we’ve got Brian Lashoff in Grand Rapids who is a very capable sub in for spot duty.

 

            Coach Babcock has been moving guys around between lines to try to find a solid combination. Between Sheahan, Weiss, & Andersson we’ve got an excess of centers who at this point in their careers are essentiall role players. Weiss is solid and a good leader so he’s consistently in the lineup. Sheahan and Andersson are basically the same player though.  Both two way centers who can’t win a faceoff. Basically one get the start on the wing while the other remains a healthy scratch most often.

 

            Coach Babs and I have discussed what to do with them and we realize this is a good problem to have but these are two young guys who we want to get ice time in the NHL. For now we’ll have to keep the status quo as there aren’t any real takers for Andersson and I’m not willing to dump Sheahan yet as I think his potential is still high.

 

            Off the ice I’ve still got Connor McDavid in the back of my mind. The Islanders are terrible this year and it looks like they’ll secure the number 1 pick. I asked an assistant to do some research on the down low about what it might take to get him. If news got out we were seeking this move then the price would go up I’m sure.

 

            I’m told we’d have to give up at least three draft pick and maybe three more young players. I’ve been stewing on this and can’t decide if it will be worth it or not.



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Detroit Red Wings November 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Nov 1 at Washington Capitals Won, 4-2
Nov 3 vs Buffalo Sabres Lost, 5-2
Nov 6 at Buffalo Sabres Won, 5-4
Nov 8 vs Florida Panthers Won, 4-3
Nov 9 at Montreal Canadiens Won, 5-2
Nov 11 vs Tampa Bay Lightning Lost, 3-0
Nov 13 at Tampa Bay Lightning Won, 4-3
Nov 15 vs Edmonton Oilers Won, 6-5
Nov 17 vs Phoenix Coyotes Won, 5-2
Nov 19 vs Vancuover Canucks Won, 4-2
Nov 22 at Chicago Blackhawks Lost, 7-4
Nov 25 at Toronto Maple Leafs Lost, 6-3
Nov 27 at Boston Bruins Lost, 4-3
Nov 29 at Ottawa Senators Won, 3-1


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Detroit Red Wings Leaders - Updated: Dec 1, 2014
Goals G Assists A
1. P. Datsyuk 10 1. N. Kronwall 16
2. K. Quincey 8 2. V. Tarasenko 12
3. H. Zetterberg 7 3. B. Smith 12
4. D. Helm 6 4. G. Nyquist 11
5. V. Tarasenko 6 5. J. Kindl 11
Points P +/- +/-
1. N. Kronwall 20 1. B. Smith +12
2. V. Tarasenko 18 2. J. Kindl +10
3. P. Datsyuk 17 3. V. Tarasenko +9
4. B. Smith 16 4. P. Datsyuk +7
5. K. Quincey 15 5. T. Tatar +6

 



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Red Wings December 2014 Schedule

 

 

Detroit Red Wings December 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Dec 1 vs Tampa Bay Lightning  
Dec 2 vs Dallas Stars  
Dec 4 vs Nashville Predators  
Dec 7 vs Winnipeg Jets  
Dec 11 at Winnipeg Jets  
Dec 13 at St. Louis Blues  
Dec 15 at Nashville Predators  
Dec 17 at Pittsburgh Penguins  
Dec 19 vs Washington Capitals  
Dec 21 vs Pittsburgh Penguins  
Dec 22 at Philadelphia Flyers  
Dec 26 vs Toronto Maple Leafs  
Dec 27 at Boston Bruins  
Dec 29 vs Ottawa Senators  

 






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