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The Red Wings Machine

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

At the morning skate, the players who skated, skated hard, and the players who needed rest, rested. On a wall in the back were dry erase boards with standings and rankings of the best power play and penalty kill. It might have been there to remind them how good they are, but it probably was there more to remind them where they needed work.

On the walls above the lockers were images of the Stanley Cups the franchise has won, and black and white pictures of past heroes. They were there to encourage and to admonish - it depends on if you were looking at them after a win or a loss.

And in the middle of the carpet was a huge Red Wings logo - the kind of logo that many franchises protect with almost military intensity, defying anyone from stepping on it. But Detroit coach Mike Babcock sauntered out and held his morning media debriefing in the middle of the locker room standing on the logo. If he had something to say, he didn’t mind if any player heard it. And, if you didn’t realize it by now, avoiding the disrespect of a logo does not win hockey games…working your butt off every day wins hockey games.

Out on the ice in the game, it was actually quite difficult to tell which were the most important Detroit players. Was it 41-year-old Nick Lidstrom with 24:28 in ice time and one assist? Was it Brad Stuart with 19:21 and a goal. Was it Henrik Zetterberg with a goal or Jiri Hudler with a goal or Johan Franzen with six shots on net?

In all seriousness, couldn’t you have named Niklas Kronwall or Valtteri Filppula or Drew Miller one of the three stars? It was difficult to tell the Red Wings apart at different times.


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Great article! As a wings fan it’s easy to take them for granted and you forget just how great of an organization we have. Proud to be a Wings fan.

Posted by Gigs19 from Berkley,Mi on 02/15/12 at 12:13 PM ET


Glad to see the Wings don’t buy into the “don’t walk on the logo” superstition.  I always thought it was silly to put something you can’t walk on right in the middle of the room.

Posted by loojay on 02/15/12 at 12:14 PM ET

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That was a nice article.  I’ve always thought of Dallas as a class act, with a couple of exceptions (being Fistric and Pinto).  Nonetheless, its nice to see that someone in their media is big enough to be complementary in the aftermath of a defeat.  I raise my glass to you Dallas.  After the way Chicago and their people have behaved towards Detroit this year, its refreshing to see some classiness from across the divide.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/15/12 at 12:29 PM ET


pretty damn incredible.  Nothing worse than blowing near $500 on tickets, food, and lodging to have your team lose at home.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/15/12 at 01:53 PM ET


I raise my glass to you Dallas. 

Posted by bezukov from South of Detroit on 02/15/12 at 10:29 AM ET

  Was it filled with Dos Equis?

Posted by From The Hockey Wastelands from Cleveland on 02/15/12 at 02:17 PM ET


I remember when our writers would file similar columns from places like Montreal and Philadelphia back in the ‘70s, when the Wings didn’t belong in the same league as those teams. I couldn’t even imagine people writing that kind of story about the Wings back then.

Posted by Old Red Barn from Saginaw County on 02/15/12 at 03:17 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Was it filled with Dos Equis?

Posted by From The Hockey Wastelands from Cleveland on 02/15/12 at 12:17 PM ET

I don’t always drink beer, but when I do….

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/15/12 at 04:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Mike H. didn’t turn around and see this hanging over the Wings dressing room door:

Or if he did, he should’ve mentioned it.  It’s the heart of it all.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/15/12 at 04:36 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I wasn’t aware honestly that Babcock and the players don’t believe in the silly carpet logo thing.

Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

Posted by Primis on 02/15/12 at 05:20 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

I love they don’t believe in the silly “don’t step on the special part of the floor!” thing. If you respect a logo so much, then don’t disrespect it by putting it on the floor in the first place. Or on ugly tee shirts. Or on cheesy bar decor.

It’s just a logo, not a national symbol. The way to respect it is to play your best when wearing it, not to harass people walking on a carpet printed with it. That’s just silly and grade-school.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 02/15/12 at 08:45 PM ET

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