Well now, that was...something. That was definitely something.
What -it- was, sadly, was the Red Wings' first game of the season against the highly touted St. Louis Blues, and boy was it a stinker. Detroit came into this opening game with all the same question marks that loomed before and during the lockout. By the time the game was over, those question marks just hovered a little more menacingly over the head of Hockeytown. With five special teams goals--four on the power-play and one short-handed--the Blues absolutely handed it to Detroit this evening, cruising along to a 6-0 victory.
The Detroit Red Wings named Henrik Zetterberg their new captain today at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.
Zetterberg takes on the captaincy after Nicklas Lidstrom retired.
Zetterberg was an alternate captain last season with Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall, but his time as Red Wings captain was foreshadowed when he had a locker next to Steve Yzerman in 2006.
Yzerman and Lidstrom were only a couple legendary Detroit captains mentioned by Zetterberg in his press conference. The likes of Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio were also mentioned. Note that all of the above have their jerseys in the rafters (and for Lidstrom's case, soon to be).
Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall will be the alternate captains this season.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock announced his lines for the 2013 season before training camp started, which might have taken some people by surprise as there are some players fighting for spots in camp.
Granted, he has had a lot of time to think about it in the months during the lockout, but it might spell the end for a few Red Wing players.
The Grand Rapids Griffins are continuing to play good hockey this season. Every game has been close and really exciting to watch. Coach Blashill has brought the team to a new level with his coaching style and it has been great for the fans. He really works the bench and you can see him constantly communicating with the team throughout play. The Griffins are currently in first place in the Midwest Division with 43 points.
In a few days, there will no longer be any player left from the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship teams. With Nicklas Lidstrom already retired, his longtime friend and fellow Swede Tomas Holmstrom is expected to retire before the lockout shortened season begins.
A report suggested that Holmstrom had already informed the Red Wings of his decision during the lockout, but the Wings wanted to wait until the lockout was over to make the announcement.
Holmstrom is one of the best players of all time in front of the net. He took severe punishment from defenders and goalies, which got him the nickname "Demolition Man."
With the NHL lockout over, NHL players that were playing overseas are flooding back to North America in anticipation of NHL training camp starting in a few days. That includes a few Detroit Red Wings players.
Henrik Zetterberg, Valterri Filppula, Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller, Jan Mursak, Damien Brunner, Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton were some of the Detroit players that played in Europe while the lockout was in progress, and almost all of them have returned to Detroit.
Datsyuk is staying in the KHL until he and his agent know when training camp is starting, and the status of Damien Brunner is unknown. He is currently playing for Zug in the Swiss league, but will likely end up in training camp in Detroit.
Tuesday night the Grand Rapids Griffins were not out scoring goals and checking players into the boards instead they held their annual Tip a Griffin at the Uccello’s Restaurants to benefit The Griffins Youth Foundation.
As I was sitting in my seat early Friday night at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids my mind was in full motion thinking of the upcoming game and season for the Grand Rapids Griffins. How would the team look this year? With players during the summer signing up overseas and the looming NHL lockout what were the Griffins going to look like and how would they perform?