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A Quick Tampa Bay Lightning Abbreviated Season Preview

 

NHL hockey is back!

It took a long 16 hour negotiating session in New York yesterday, but the NHL and NHLPA hashed out an agreement in principle around 6 a.m. today.

The NHL did not announce the start date of the season or the number of games each team will play, but it is expected to be a 48 or 50 game season starting on either January 15 or January 19 with teams only playing within their respective conferences.  The Bolts had January 15, 17 and 19 as scheduled home games, thus it is a good bet that they will open the season at the Forum.

The new CBA still has to be drafted and ratified by both sides. It is for ten years with an eight year opt-out.

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Game 5 Preview: Hold off the Preds

Friday night’s game in Nashville will feature two very desperate teams. One team will try to be the first team in Stanley Cup playoffs advance to the second round. The other team will be trying to avoid a first round collapse for the first time since 2006 (Steve Yzerman’s last game as a Red Wing).

Henrik Zetterberg: Potential Wings Captain?

Henrik Zetterberg is an all-star player, in the past and present. “Z” or "Zetty the Grizzly Teddy" has landed 68 points in the 81 games he has played this season. The assistant captain’s career has been very successful thus so far, making him a eligible candidate for the potential position opening up at the end of this season: captain.

Nicklas Lidstrom was deemed captain in 2006 after the famous Steve Yzerman retired. However, before Lidstrom was named, rumors spread that Zetterberg may be up for the title. No one is complaining about the “C’ sewn on #5’s jersey, but it seems even more likely that &ldq...

Team Canada 2014. Red Wings Style.

 

With Steve Yzerman, Ken Holland, and Mike Babcock (whose selection as coach is inevitable) leading the charge to represent Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics, Team Canada’s front office again has an amazing Red Wings flavour and appeal. Different sports analysts, websites, and networks have been mapping out early predictions as to what the 2014 team might look like. Predicting the line combinations of present and future Canadian NHL All Stars is extremely fun and your imagination can definitely run wild, but how much would it be to think of a team comprised of the best Canadian Red Wings players of all time? (Answer: Very fun). To honour Yzerman and Red Wings management o...

Should the Red Wings Have Traded for Jeff Carter?

When news broke that Pavel Datsyuk was out for 2-3 weeks from a minor knee surgery, everyone in Hockeytown panicked. After a few minutes, a few tweets, and a few deep breaths later, we were assured that Pav was going to be okay and in fact it was just a minor surgery. It was taken as a precaution so the Wings’ best player would be 100% come playoff time.

I’m not one to generally panic, since the Red Wings have been in stretches without their best players before. However, the Winged Wheel has had a great season going so far, and we are entering into a portion of the season where points are at a premium. We all saw what happened last year in Game 7 of the Western Conferenc...

Yzerman Returns to Detroit

Steve Yzerman will make his return to Detroit on Wednesday when the Detroit Red Wings face off against his Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena.

Yzerman played all 23 years of his NHL seasons wearing the Winged Wheel, but in the offseason of 2010, he was offered the position of General Manager of the Lightning. With Ken Holland not going anywhere, Yzerman took on the challenge and has been successful from the start.

He made key acquisitions in Dwayne Roloson, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Dominic Moore and Eric Brewer, and also got Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos to re-sign with the team.

Tampa made the Eastern Conference Finals last year, a year after finishing 6th last in...

Yzerman Considering Olympic Encore

In a recent tweet, Bob McKenzie stated that Steve Yzerman is very much interested in Team Canada's general manager position at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

"Going to Russia trying to win gold in light of VAN result would be exciting challenge. There is no problem with me being GM now," said Yzerman, "I'd have to give (running Canadian Olympic team) some thought, 2010 was one of the greatest experiences of my career."

McKenzie also said that, "Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson will talk to Yzerman in January. HC is preparing as though NHLers will be in Sochi. [There is] no Plan B right now."

In light of this news, Ca...