It's the calm before the storm. The playoffs are over and the draft is a few days away, followed by free agency. With a wekaer crop of free agents this year, there is bound to be a lot more wheeling and dealing when it comes to moving picks and players at the draft and in the offseason.
Renaud P Lavoie of RDS decided to spice things up by metioning that Jets forward Evander Kane wants out of Winnipeg;
"What's going on with the Jets ? I hear from a player on Winnipeg that Kane doesn't want to negotiate a new deal?"
If this report is accurate, the Detroit Red Wings have to be interested. With Ryan Suter number one on the radar and Zach parise at number two, they need a back up plan at forward. If they can get Suter in free agency, maybe Parise either doesn't sign with Detroit and they need another sure fire winger. Kane is that guy.
According to CSNPhilly.com, Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter has no interest in signing with the Philadelphia Flyers, or any other team in the East. The Front runners for Suter are said to be Nashvile, Detroit, Philadelphia and Minnesota. The Flyers wanted to upgrade their defence, but because he doesn't want to sign in the East, the Red Wings look like the top destination if he doesn't say in Nashville.
Minnesota is in the running because it is close to Suter's hometown, but they are apparently ready to throw 'crazy money' at Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils (also of Minnesota), so does that leave room for Suter?
I predicted that the Detroit Red Wings would go down in six games to the Nashville Predators. I didn't expect them to beat the Preds, but I did expect a great effort. Boy, was I wrong.
At a time where playoff hockey is the focus in Detroit, the Red Wings totally disappointed. Nashville steam rolled Detroit in five games and the Wings are already in golf mode. Being down 3-1 in the series, the Wings turned in their worst performance of the playoffs. Reading through some fan replies, it is obvious that some people have no idea who to place the blame on, but I can help them out in this instance.
The Detroit Red Wings are rolling through this season, on pace for yet another 100+ point season and a 21st consecutive playoff appearance. While they already have a good team in front of them, these five changes could make them into an even better one, and all of them are plausible situations.
1. TRADE FOR A GOAL SCORER
There are not a lot of pure goal scorers on the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg hasn't been a huge threat and Pavel Datsyuk is basically a great set-up man. Johan Franzen is the closest thing to it, but he is inconsistent. A player like Zach Parise is someone who can score every night and would benefit from a move to Detroit. Look for fireworks at the trade deadl...
There are issues in Detroit with a certain hockey team that most people will not notice. Currently sitting in a playoff spot, the Red Wings look like there aren’t many issues facing them as of now. I’m here to tell you otherwise.
A stat that I looked up might not be alarming to some, but it proves the point I have been making about this team since a few weeks into the season; consistency.
Taking into account the whole season, Detroit has not lost or won just one game in a row. It has always been two-plus losses or 2-plus wins, never a single tick in the ‘W’ or ‘L’ column. To me, this clearly whispers that there are some inconsis...
It was draft day and everything went well for the Detroit Red Wings. Except one thing; Mike Babcock was pissed.
Why, you might ask? The Wings got the prospects they wanted. They've made the playoffs for 20 straight years. And they have a bunch of salary cap room for free agents.
It seemed that babcock's frustration reached a boiling point, and clearly he doesn't like the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have been a thorn in the Wings for two straight years, knocking them out of the Western Conference Semi-Finals each year. So when the Sharks announced their trade on draft day, Babcock probably gave the Sharks table the death stare the rest of the day...