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Helm Inks 4-Year Deal

Detroit finally made a move of note this offseason by securing speedster Darren Helm till 2016. Helm signed a 4-year $8.5 Million contract, sources say, which gives him an average cap hit of $2.125 Million/year. This is great news, as Helm is one of the best energy players on the team--something the Wings could've used much more of during the playoffs.

Helm's season was interrupted last year by injuries, including a sliced tendon in the series against Nashville that sidelined him for the rest of the year. Surgery on the injured arm was successful, however, and Darren is expected to be ready for training camp and should be back to his old self in no time.

Wings Defeated By Lowly Jackets

The lowly Jackets did not look so “lowly” last night in the game they faced against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30PM. The Wings were not able to capitalize the way they did in the game against the Jackets on Monday, March 26th when the Wings won 7 to 2. The final score won't please you that way, I promise. Unless you are a Columbus fan of course.

The Wings made plenty of poor mistakes giving the Jackets the chance to capitalize early in the game and giving them a momentum that the Wings just could not shatter. Goalie Allen York started for the second time this season for the Jackets and was said to be so excited he could not even sleep, which could have added to ...

Wings lose in OT; Extend losing streak to 6

It was a frustrating night for the Detroit Red Wings...again.

Ryan Callahan scored the OT winner with a perfect assist from Michael Del Zotto to give the Wings their sixth consecutive loss. So what went wrong?

The Wings showed a poor display of defense tonight, especially in the third period, leaving Callahan with 8 total shots on goal. The Wings also looked very slow in the third, leaving Ty Conklin virtually all by himself in the net.

But that wouldn't phase Conklin too much as he had 32 saves along with .942 save percentage in the game. Safe to say he was the Wings strongest player tonight.

The Wings were scored on in their first penalty kill attempt, but th...

Grand Rapids Griffins have a hard hitting weekend

On Friday the Griffins battled the big hitting Rochester Americans and came away with an important division win. Rochester took control of the game early but the Griffins were able to pull themselves out of a deficit and come away with a well-deserved 4-3 win. On Saturday the Oklahoma Barons came in leading their Division. The Griffins played a positive game and came away with another win in a shootout. Conklin was very strong and blocked all four shots during the shootout. Fabian Brunnstrom shooting in the third round put in a nice upper shelf shot to take the lead and Chris Minard in the fourth round rocketed a shot past their goalie to win the game. The Griffins 5 game winning streak...

Where Are They Now? Joey MacDonald

Former New York Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald had to make a difficult career decision. At 31 years old, should he continue in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings as, essentially a career backup to Jimmy Howard, or take an offer to play in Russia?

On July 11, 2011, MacDonald chose to re-sign with the Red Wings and was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

On September 7, 2011 a plane carrying the Russian hockey team; Lokomtiv Yaroslavi crashed just after take-off. The crash killed nearly the entire roster (only four players survived, all not on the plane) and the entire coaching staff.

The team that MacDonald decided not to sign with?

Lokomtiv Yaroslavi.

(Photo Credit: French Kheldar/Flickr)

Grand Rapids Griffins Have a Positive Week

The Grand Rapids Griffins finish off the week with a big win over the division leading Toronto Marlies.

The Griffs started the week off right with a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, a 6-1 win over the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday and then the 3-2 win over the Marlies Saturday afternoon. 3 Division wins in a week is what the Griffins needed to boost the teams morale

The Detroit Red Wings AHL affiliate had been in a slump since losing their number one Goalie Joey MacDonald to the number two position for the Wings. With Ty Conklin in net a new life has emerged for the Griffins. All cylinders seem to be firing in the right direction.

Conklin who passed the wa...

Ericsson: The Luckiest Player in the NHL

It comes to nobody's surprise that even with some serious injuries this season, the Detroit Red Wings are still sitting pretty high in the NHL.

Even without their star goalie Jimmy Howard (finger), the Wings are not only on top of the Central Division, five points ahead of the St. Louis Blues, but also the Western Conference. The Wings have some star power in Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen, and contributions from Filppula, Zetterberg and Hudler have given the team some great options in every game.

Is it safe to say that there are some players who need work? Of course.

Zetterberg's production may have gotten a slow start, but what the left winger lacks in goals t...

Winning Streak Finally Comes to a Halt Against Montréal

Detroit’s winning streak ends at 7 tonight when the Wings fall short in a 7 to 2 loss against the Montréal Canadiens. Was it because the Wings were lacking their trusty captain Nicklas Lidstrӧm? You decide.

First Period: It took about five minutes for a point to get on the scoreboard and that point was not a Red Wings point as hoped for. Montréal had the first point with a goal by Bourque. Five minutes later, Emelin scores his first goal and gives Montréal a 2 to 0 lead over the Wings. Within the last ten minutes of the first period, Montréal’s Desharnais and Plekanec both scored. Detroit had a couple power play chances, but could ...

Red Wings are Overpowered by the Islanders

A rough loss for the Detroit Red Wings against the New York Islanders.

First Period

The Detroit Red Wings were seriously outplayed in the first period. The Wings were not able to capitalize on their first power play. With about two minutes left in the period, Stuart got a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a two minute roughing penalty. On that power play, Moulson had a power play goal. The Wings ended on a power play, trailing 1 to 0. SOG: 17 Islanders vs 8 Wings.

Second Period

The second period was dominated in shots by the Wings, but lead in goals by the Islanders. Tavares, Okposo, and Grabner all managed to get wri...

Islanders Contiune Winning Ways Against Detroit

The New York Islanders continued their winning streak against the Red Wings tonight with a 5-1 victory. The Islanders coming into the game have had a 4-0-1 record against Detroit since the lock-out.

The first period started quickly as both teams were up and down the ice exchanging chances. Nabokov, starting in his 9th straight game was up to task along with his counterpart Ty Conklin for the Red Wings. Grabner continued his struggling on the break away early as he was stopped on an early chance that Conklin got just enough of to deflect wide. The first power play of the game went to the Red Wings as Jurcina took a minor penalty for high sticking. This lead to a save of the year candidate for Nabokov as he made a diving cross crease stop with his stick with just about 17 seconds left in the penalty.