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Zetterberg Down; Wings Out?

Posted in Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by davepoleck

I’ve been refraining from posting on this because thinking about it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry, but Henrik Zetterberg will likely be missing some of the Wings’ first round series this year. Zetterberg is the Wings leading scorer this year with 80 points in 80 games, but even more painful is the fact that he is a former Conn Smythe winner and has accummulated 87 points in his last 85 playoff games. He is one of the players that defines stepping it up in the post season.

Combine his loss with the Wings being 6-6-5 since the beginning of March and that they’ll be playing a team that has essentially been in playoff mode for the last month, and I have to say that I don’t like the Wings’ chances. Continue reading

Wings Roster Set

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

…for now.

Assuming the Wings don’t go through the tornado of injuries that they suffered last year, the Wings should win the Central Division. The biggest change from last season is that they’re going to have a completely revamped third line with Jiri Hudler, Mike Modano and Dan Cleary. Their fourth line and regular regular pressbox visitors will now be some of the players who spent time on that third line last season. Here is their expected roster for opening day:

Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Franzen-Filppula-Bertuzzi
Hudler-Modano-Cleary
Abdelkader-Helm-Eaves
Miller-Draper

Lidstrom-Ericsson
Stuart-Rafalski
Kronwall-Salei
Kindl

More analysis on them their roster this year; Continue reading

Yahoo > ESPN

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by davepoleck

As much as Yahoo is pissing me off right now and has pissed me off in the past, I can’t ever see myself switching over to ESPN.┬áTheir pre-season fantasy rankings were released recently and their treatment of my beloved Red Wings is disgusting. Continue reading

Hudler, Filatov Coming Back

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by davepoleck

Two defecting Commies are on their way back to the NHL next season.

Reports say that Jiri Hudler was released from his Moscow Dynamo contract eaerlier this week, which means he is free to return to the Detroit Red Wings. If he does return to the NHL, it has to be with the Wings and it has to be for the two year, $2.875 million deal that he signed out of arbitration. With Hudler back on team, the Wings would have just over $40 million in total salary and need new contracts for UFAs Lidstrom, Holmstrom and Bertuzzi and RFAs Eaves, Miller and Darren Helm.

Nikita Filatov, the 6th overall pick in the 2008 draft, has stated that he will be returning to the Blue Jackets for training camp next year. Filatov fell out of favour with former Jackets’ coach, Ken Hitchcock, and bolted for Russia. He is left wing, like Nash, but will look to crack the top six alongside either Brassard or Vermette. He has a ton of talent, but now needs to show that he can play the NHL game and not go running back home when things don’t go his way.