In what will end up being a mediocre off-season in the eyes of Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere, the organization has done very little and seems to be all out of ideas. But does it make sense to go after yet another forward?
After all the hype and nigh-certainty that the two biggest names on the UFA market were coming to Hockeytown for a run at the Cup, Detroit fans were shocked to hear that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have both signed with the Minnesota Wild,
The two highly-touted free agents both landed matching 13-year, $98 Million contracts.
I'm going to begin this little piece by saying that Jiri Hudler honestly did surprise me this past season. Let it be known that I thought his stint in the KHL had wrecked his form beyond repair and that any strides forward he had made previously with Detroit had all been lost.
Then last year rolled around and we got a mostly decent 50-point producer who looked like he had begun to find himself again. A perfect split between goals and assists with 25 each, had Happy Hudler finally gotten his groove back? Perhaps he has, but we now find ourselves at a crossroads: Hudler's contract is up, and he is now an unrestricted free agent. Now it is up to Kenny Holland and the Red wings brain trust to decide if it's worth pursuing an extension for Jiri or if it's time to move on and let Hudler test the waters of free agency.
The Red Wings brass, from Holland to Nill to Babcock and Devellano, have all expressed a common sentiment regarding this offseason: aggression. Enough evidence seems to have mounted for Detroit to realize that they need to adapt the team's composition and style of play to some extent to continue their success. Holland and co. have voiced plans for the team to get bigger and stronger and to be aggressive in free agency.
My question is: would/should the Red Wings consider attempting to poach restricted free agents this summer?
It's that time if year again, but this year it has come painfully early. The Detroit Red Wings have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, dropping their 1st Round series with the Nashville Predators. It is the first time since 2006 VS the Edmonton Oilers that the Red Wings have exited the playoffs in the opening round. This loss is exceptionally painful to deal with. Detroit's play looked stagnant and uninspired, scoring only 9 goals over the course of the 5-game series, at some points barely making Pekka Rinne break a sweat.
It is obvious that the Detroit Red Wings have been having some struggles. Since Kyle Busch's last link check post, Detroit has only won two out of five of their games. There are many players on the Wings roster that are missing due to injury. Check out the recent news articles to learn more about the struggles the Wings have been having, and the couple positives they have going for them.
After the trade deadline, Robert DAurelio challenges Wings fans to consider if the original six team should have traded for fellow NHL player Jeff Carter.
A.K. Bennett told us about the match up between the injury-riddled Wings and the Minnesota Wild, which Eric Huff...
Adam Foote might be the only NHL defenseman more despised by Wings faithful than Chris Pronger over the past 15 seasons. That's a big might. Pronger is strong, mean and skilled; he's a player you hate for your squad to play against but would love to have him on your team. Whether it was with St. Louis, Edmonton or Anaheim, Pronger gave the Wings trouble in the postseason with crunching hits and booming point shots. His battles with Tomas Holmstrom were epic and memorable.
Unfortunately the concussion epidemic sweeping the league also struck Pronger who is shut down for the remainder of the season with post-concussion syndrome. It's a detriment to the league when any play...