Hal Gill will be out of the Nashville Predators lineup for Game Four, still battling a lower body injury. The hulking 6 foot 7 Gill would give the Wings fits, blocking even MORE shots than they already have throughout the series.
The Red Wings have also toyed with moving Dan Cleary up to the top line, for what reason? I don't know. Cleary is a third line player at best. He doesn't score and isn't a setup man, so having him up on the top line while Gustav Nyquist rots with Cory Emmerton and Tomas Holmstrom makes no sense to me. Speaking of rookies, elevel Grand Rapids Griffins were called up to be Black Aces for the playoffs.
Patrick Eaves took a slapshot in the head a month ago and still is sidelined with a fractured jaw. His estimated time out was 6-8 weeks, but it could be longer. An inside source says that Eaves might have a punctured sinus (6 months after surgery to heal) and is having trouble with migraines. Eaves has also had concussions in the past.
Add him to the growing list of players with head injuries.
It's not a good sign for Eaves, who was very effective last year on a line with Darren Helm and Drew Miller. This year he hasn't been given a chance. For whatever reason he was left out of the lineup for lesser player...
The Detroit Red Wings signed defenceman Niklas Kronwall to a seven year extension today. The deal is worth a total of $33.25 million and a yearly cap hit of $4.75 million.
Kronwall was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season along with defence partner Brad Stuart, as well as forwards Jiri Hudler, Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom. Nicklas Lidstrom will stay a Wing or retire and RFA's Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader will be due for a raise.
Kronwall's contract news immediately made me breath easier about the offseason. With Nik Jr. signed, the Wings have a lot of flexibility for the deadline and potential free agen...
When news that Fabian Brunnstrom had signed a tryout contract with Detroit broke, I immediately thought the Wings were out of their minds. But after a while, I realized that of all the teams in the NHL, Detroit is usually the one players go to to revitalize their careers. Detroit is a town of second chances, as evidenced by tryout players like Dan Cleary, Mikael Samuelsson and second-time Wings Jason Williams, Todd Bertuzzi, Darren McCarty and Dominik Hasek, just to name a few.
So why is this Brunnstrom tryout such a great idea? Well, first of all, he was the guy they wanted in Detroit instead ...