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Red Wings-Bruins Game 5 quick take: just too little too late, and a summer of change beckons

The Detroit Red Wings lost a 4-2 decision to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, and the Wings will likely return to Joe Louis Arena to clean out their lockers on Monday, with some of the Wings (as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff noted, Sheahan, Jurco and Ouellet) heading to Grand Rapids, and others (like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and perhaps Jonas Gustavsson) heading to Belarus to take part in the World Championships in May...

And we do know that between free agents-to-be who "lost their jobs" to "the kids" and players who played their way out of Detroit--be it via a compliance buy-out or trade, Johan Franzen's probably played his last game as a Wing, and who knows whether Legwand, Quincey, Gustavsson or Alfredsson will return--with the team in rather desperate need of another top-pair defenseman and perhaps a little room to give the Ouellets, Sprouls, Marchenkos, Almquists, Callahans, Ferraros and even Manthas a chance...

While those who will return, The Kids especially, but also the Howards, Helms, Abdelkader, Millers, Smiths and DeKeysers, have all learned hard, hard lessons battling the Beasts of the East.

The veterans, too, because the Wings were out-competed and out-executed by significant margins--and out-coached, too, though I fully believe that Babcock and Tom Renney will be back next year.

What could've the Wings done differently? Played better on special teams, for starters, but I'm sure that you and I have very long lists about the ways in which the Wings needed to out-work, out-hustle and out-compete the Bruins by playing smarter, more efficient and more confident-in-themselves hockey.

I would argue that the Wings' struggles snowballed in many departments, and I would argue that so many players were fighting so hard to will an injured team full of tendencies to inflict wounds upon themselves...That the boys just ran out of gas.

Were there some terrible, terrible penalties either called or not called, including some awful interference by Bergeron that yielded the eventual game-winner?

You bet, but all series long, and since the Olympics, the refereeing was horrific on all sides, and the Wings did themselves no favors.

As a result, Loui Eriksson scored the game's first goal, on the power play, only 3:27 into the 1st...

it took another 20 minutes for the Wings to counter, with Pavel Datsyuk knotting the game at 14:41 of the 2nd, on the power play...

After Bergeron grabbed Zetterberg on the faceoff, the Wings' PK'ers overcommitted, and as a result, Zdeno Chara had all the time in the world to wind up and score with 4 seconds left in the 2nd...

4:27 into the 3rd, I have NO IDEA why Brian Lashoff GAVE UP on Lucic after Johan Franzen didn't clear the puck, but Lucic gave the Bruins a 2-goal lead at 4:27...

And while Henrik Zetterberg's 3-2 marker was glorious and gorgeous, with 3:57 left in the game...

It was too little too late, and the Wings giving up a 4-2 empty-netter to Iginla was almost inevitable.

The Wings were out-played and sometimes out-classed by an organization that they now must aspire to become--though the Wings have no reason to trade puck possession for the Bruins' brand of trappy goony hockey--and after 5 years' of no-conference-final appearances, the Wings need to clear the dead weight, they need to address their hole on defense and they need to make some hard personnel decisions over the next four months.

I'm incredibly disappointed in the way in which their season ended, but I'm also very proud of "my" team, and I believe that the future is very bright.

ESPN's Craig Custance has already penned an insider-only entry about the Wings' future, and he suggests that the team's #1 priority is...

1. Add an impact defenseman: The Red Wings have a lot of money coming off the books this summer, with unrestricted free agents David Legwand, Daniel Alfredsson, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi, Kyle Quincey, Jonas Gustavsson and Danny Cleary all playing on expiring contracts. That’s a good $20 million in additional cap space Holland gets to work with, plus the salary cap is going up to something in the $70 million range.

Detroit isn’t the automatic destination it was in the past, but considering the young talent and one of the most respected coaches in the game in Mike Babcock, Holland should target one of the best defensemen available. This free agent class isn’t deep, but potentially includes Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen.

The Red Wings have enough young talent that the trade route is an option too, if free agency dries up. Alexander Edler has long been a target for Detroit and Christian Ehrhoff is someone Buffalo would move if Detroit is willing to pay a steep enough price to make it worth the cap recapture risk.

#3 is intriguing, too:

3. Add a scoring winger: Assuming Stephen Weiss returns to health and is part of the plans for next season, the Red Wings are in good shape down the middle with forwards Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Sheahan, Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson and Luke Glendening all options at center. The expected exodus of veteran wingers means there’s money and space to add a winger in free agency.

This is the one position teams can usually add a quality player in free agency, with this class strong on the wing, including Thomas Vanek, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Matt Moulson and another guy the Red Wings have tried signing in the past in -- Jaromir Jagr.


Babs on FSD: Babs on FSD says youth and lack of experience showed, that their PK wasn't good, emotional control in terms of line changes wasn't great, they counted in a lot of kids on offense and they weren't able to deliver on playoff time, they have to improve team by getting guys healthy, Franzen, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Helm, they will be much better players because they're healthier, he thinks back end has to improve, Ouellet, Marchenko, Sproul, Backman and Ericsson can help, all in all in a week or two you might sit back and see lots of positives but he felt they were going to push the season a lot longer than they did and they weren't able to. He says you've got what you've got, the Bruins are the team the Wings were from 07-09, the Wings snuck into the playoffs instead of contending for the Cup, they worked hard to get in, and the measuring stick will be different, the Wings don't want to shut it down for 10 years to get picks 1-5, they want to rebuild on the fly instead. Asked about Alfredsson and the mix between vets and youth, they've got Kronwall, Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Franzen under contract and a bunch of kids, the thing with Alfie is that he was injured a lot, didn't practice a lot so any time you don't do so it affects the way you play, they haven't talked about it, if they can do one thing they need to get healthy, have a summer of fitness, you get in shape in the summer by rebuilding your body. He's asked about the youth and he says they've learned that there's no space but if you keep doing what you're doing that's fine, if you think too much you start running out of space, and the Wings relied on youth too much to expect them to produce but it doesn't make things any less disappointing.


Shots 33-33 overall. Detroit was out-shot 11-8 in the 1st, Detroit was out-shot 13-12 in the 2nd, and Detroit out-shot Boston 13-9 in the 3rd.

Special teams: Detroit went 1-for-7 in 9:41 of PP time; Boston went 2-for-6 in 6:55 of PP time.

Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 29 of 32 shots for Detroit; the Bruins' 4th goal was scored into an empty net; Tuukka Rask stopped 31 of 33 shots for Boston.

The 3 stars were picked by 98.5 the Sports Hub, and they picked Torey Krug, Pavel Datsyuk and Tuuka Rask.

The Red Wings' goals: Datsyuk (3) from Franzen (2) and Zetterberg (1), PPG;

Zetterberg (1) from Abdelkader (2) and Datsyuk (2).

Faceoffs 34-29 Boston (Detroit won 46%);

Blocked shots 16-13 Boston;

Missed shots 9-5 Detroit (attempts 58-51 Detroit; Detroit had 33 shots on net and 25 wide/blocked);

Hits 32-21 Boston;

Giveaways 9-4 Boston;

Takeaways 12-4 Boston.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 9-and-15 (38%); Helm went 5-and-7 (42%); Sheahan went 7-and-4 (64%); Glendening went 4-and-6 (40%); Legwand went 2-and-2; Miller and Franzen won their only faceoffs.

Shots: Sheahan, Zetterberg and Franzen co-led the team with 4 shots; Tatar had 3 shots; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Quincey, Helm and Kronwall had 2 shots; Smith, Abdelkader, Miller, Glendening, Ouellet and DeKeyser had 1 shot.

Blocked attempts: Kronwall fired 4 shots into Bruins players; Alfredsson and Franzen had 2 attempts blocked; Smith, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Sheahan, Tatar, Zetterberg, Helm and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Smith, Sheahan, Miller, Tatar, Quincey, Zetterberg, Glendening, Kronwall and Ouellet missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Quincey led the team with 5 hits; Abdelkader had 4 hits; Tatar and Franzen had 2 hits; Smith, Alfredsson, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1 hit.

Giveaways: Smith, Zetterberg, Helm and Kronwall had 1 giveaway.

Takeaways: Alfredsson had 2 takeaways; Glendening and Franzen had 1 giveaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Quincey blocked 5 shots; Glendening and Kronwall blocked 2 shots; Nyquist, Miller, Tatar and DeKeyser blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Smith, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, DeKeyser, Franzen and the bench took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -6. Franzen finished at -2; Alfredsson, Tatar, Lashoff, Helm and Ouellet finished at -1; DeKeyser finished at +1.

Points: Both Datsyuk and Zetterberg had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Abdelkader and Franzen had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the Wings with 29:17 played; Datsyuk played 21:34; Quincey 20:48;

DeKeyser 20:42; Zetterberg 19:29; Smith 18:39;

Alfredsson 18:09; Franzen 18:05; Abdelkader 15:00;

Helm 14:54; Miller 13:19; Tatar 13:17;

Sheahan 12:41; Glendening 12:24; Nyquist 11:55;

Legwand 11:10; Lashoff 10:50; Ouellet 9:20.

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Looking forward to next year. Hopefully they get a true number 2 d-man and a goal scorer.

It was going to be a tough playoffs with that much lost time with the injuries. It’s pretty hard to gel as a team. But the kids got experience and hopefully they can learn from it. We’ll see what decisions Kenny makes, but I seriously doubt he gets rid of Franzen. Maybe I’ll be proved wrong, but I really doubt it.

Posted by weswolverine on 04/26/14 at 06:19 PM ET

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Thanks. I was wondering if Sheahan was eligible.

And thanks for everything this year. You are a key ingrediant to my all around enjoyment of hockey. Your blog was great this season!

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/26/14 at 06:19 PM ET

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Posted by gowings from MTL on 04/26/14 at 06:25 PM ET

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I think the Wings have a much better season next year. This one was full of obstacles and growing pains, but will help them learn and develop in myriad critical ways.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/26/14 at 06:27 PM ET

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Thanks, George. Looking forward to training camp. wink And whatever moves the Wings make over the Summer.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/26/14 at 06:31 PM ET


As invisible as Franzen was on offense and lazy in def. zone he’s not going anywhere George… Babs and Holland love this guy to a fault.  Babs had him out there until the bitter end when after his lazy pass up the middle led to Boston’s GWG he should been glued to the bench.  We’ve seen it with Cleary, Bert, etc. they just can’t cut bait with players that have once been big contributors but are now in major decline.  I also don’t get Babs love for Glendenning… sure he plays hard and gives effort that I wish Franzen did… but players like him are a dime a dozen in the NHL… except most 4th line guys win more than 30% of draws or they are sent back to the minors.  He gets chances but doesn’t score.  Anyway, Glenny is not the big problem just wondering why he takes important draws when he loses 7/10. 

The problem in this series:  Mule, Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Alfie, Helm… all pointless.  No offense and a 5-6 def. pairing that is awful.

So, I think you’re dreaming if you think Mule is done as a wing.  But your No. 1 need - a top 4 D man is spot on.  The problem is the UFA crop of def. this year has no top 4 guy really… who do you think Wings shoukld have their eye on?  Look at this list, guys old or meh.


Holland missed the boat on Smid.  He was traded for a relative bargain.  A lot less than Wings gave up for Legwand (who is clearly in decline big time)!

Posted by Uncle Rico on 04/26/14 at 06:32 PM ET

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I also think this year may have gone a long way in at least keeping Detroit up amongst the top teams in terms of potential free agent destination. Not like it was before granted, but I think this year was a statement to the league that our future is perhaps brighter than some realized. There’s way more in the pipeline too. I mean we shock the league with all these “kids” while the Griffs still have a great year and another prospect runs away with Quebec Jr MVP. 

I definitely don’t think this year did anything to tarnish the “culture of winning” that Scotty instilled and the team has been banking on ever since. It’s probably one of the biggest keys to our whole rebuilding on the fly

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/26/14 at 06:34 PM ET


I thought this season was going to be what next season should be - after that loss to the Predators in 5 games, Babcock and Holland agreed they needed different players. Then the lockout hit, and things were just kind of crazy. Then the injuries hit this year and the team we should’ve had never really got put together.

I really, really hope next season brings it all together - the veterans who are ready to win another Cup bolstered by a lot of skilled younger guys, playing more technically sound hockey than they’ve been able to the last few years.

Because I think that’s important too - Babcock said to Pierre at one point in Game 5 that he liked the Wings playing this tight style with the Bruins…except it wasn’t working. The Wings can’t win games in which they get one scoring chance every 10 minutes. They can’t win with less than 30 shots on goal. They can’t win with just size or speed. Gotta be puck possession.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/26/14 at 06:35 PM ET


NO MORE QUINCY!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by brians neck on 04/26/14 at 06:36 PM ET


Also, shoulda signed Ference over Weiss or Alfie last yr.  His deal in Edmonton was entirely affordable: $13M over 4 years!  Where the f*&k was Holland when he was signed?!

Posted by Uncle Rico on 04/26/14 at 06:37 PM ET

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Posted by Uncle Rico on 04/26/14 at 06:32 PM ET

so many people are quick to point out all the “problems” and “faults” that cost us the series without giving any credit to what was clearly a determined, deep and dominant opponent. I’m not saying the Wings played their best, but they definitely had their hands more than full. Sometimes you just get beat. We are rebuilding while the B’s are clearly in their sweet spot. Not a very surprising outcome despite all of our hopes.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/26/14 at 06:39 PM ET

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i hope for two changes most of all:

a.Learn to change quicker. Sick and tired of all the too many men calls

b. Special teams is in dire need of some work. A lot of work.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/26/14 at 06:45 PM ET


Wings definitely need a right handed shooting defenseman to help on the power play.  Also be great if this player could make quick, smart outlet passes.  (That’s been missing since Lids and Rafi retired)  Maybe Boyle on a 1-2 year deal to lets some of the kid defenceman mature?

P.S.  Anyone else think that Tukka Rask is the answer to the question:  What ever happened to that boomerang throwing kid from the movie Mad Max?  Striking resemblance…

Posted by WingsfaninNorCal on 04/26/14 at 07:12 PM ET

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NO MORE QUINCY!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by brians neck on 04/26/14 at 06:36 PM ET

It’s funny to say, but, after Kronwall, Quincey was the next best defenseman on the team. He was more steady than Smith, Kindl, or DDK for sure, and was healthier than E. He ate a bunch of minutes and was generally pretty good (not great). He is turning into a decent, conservative dman without much offensive upside. He did have a rough 1st half of the year, though.

In the end, only 3 Red Wings scored in the series - Datsyuk, Kronwall, and Z. The kids were point-less! No secondary scoring at all. The Bs were near 50% on the PP.

I think the Chief is right: we needed to win that GD game against the Panthers the Friday before the season ended. We could be playing the head case that is MAF and the Pens.

Posted by PDXWing on 04/26/14 at 07:14 PM ET


Thanks for the recap, George, and all your hard work this year.  Keep up the good work.

Posted by qotsarock on 04/26/14 at 07:24 PM ET

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I’ve been battling a stomach bug so I need to take a break, but I’ll be back later to try and get a more comprehensive recap out.

Remember, for me there’s no summer—AHL playoffs now (Sheahan, Jurco Ouellet heading down), some Wings will go to the Worlds in Belarus, and there’s a week of post-mortems ahead, that’ll take me till late May, gear up for the draft in June, then free agency, prospect summer camp, one-week fam vacation, players getting on the ice in Europe in August and gearing up for training camp…I’ll get a quiet week here and there, but it’s gonna be a very busy couple of months.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/26/14 at 07:27 PM ET

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Posted by PDXWing on 04/26/14 at 07:14 PM ET

not only was Quincey one of the best dmen in the series, but he has been a rock since the Olympic break. We simply would not have made the playoffs without him. There’s probably 10 guys you could blame for the series loss before Quincey.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/26/14 at 07:39 PM ET


It was a disappointing end to the season - I really thought at the end that Zetterburg’s goal would re-energize them and help them win the game, but it was not to be. Great work George, Paul and everyone. I really enjoy checking in with what you have to say every day. Now, on to British Columbia, as the Griffins are playing in a couple of hours. I’m glad we get some of the kids back for the playoffs.

Posted by griffinsfan on 04/26/14 at 07:41 PM ET

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I believe Smith is on his way to the World’s as well.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 04/26/14 at 07:48 PM ET

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1> With the logjam of forwards we have that are NHL ready right NOW, I would love to see Franzen get bought out. Not least because this is our last chance to do so. The last straw was his bonehead pass leading to the GWG. He doesn’t go to the net, he doesn’t snipe anymore, he tries to carry the mail when he should be going to the corners. The only reason not to is that he might be trade-able, since his contract was so front-loaded. Sitting Jurco instead of Franzen was a crime and messed with that Griffins chemistry that got them the Calder Cup last year, and got us into the playoffs this year.

2> I started liking Smith more in this series as it went along. I liked him better on the top line with Kronwall, who can cover for him, bkz he wants to be a crashing d-man, and he obviously had the green light to do so from Babs, given how much time he spent deep in the Boston zone in the last two games. I also found myself cursing less at Quincey in the second half or so of the season. Not saying we should re-sign him, but are the youngsters in GR ready to come in? Barring a trade in the slim d-man market this summer, it might be worth a 1-year deal, if he doesn’t ask for much. I’m sure this will not be a popular position.

3> Time to bring up Mrazek. Howard had an at best mediocre season, and a horrific playoffs, esp given the big contract he signed. I’ve never been a big fan of long contracts for goalies (unless his name is “Brodeur”, and it’s 10 years ago). Wonder if we could trade him to Vancouver for Edler, bkz we all know how much Van LOVE the long goalie deals.

4> All that said, we’re fortunate to get in the playoffs 23 years and counting; we got out-played for long stretches by a deeper, more physical team, and the best goaltender in the league; if we’re healthy next year, we’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

5> Go Habs!

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/26/14 at 07:57 PM ET

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and who knows whether Legwand, Quincey, Gustavsson or Alfredsson will return

I would say ‘no’ to all of them. Move on. Pay the guys you have to pay, and reserve as much salary to draw in an impact player as possible. 

St Loius is demonstrating what having a stellar blue line and no scoring gets you. Trade Mule and Q for one of their young D?


Posted by MoreShoot on 04/26/14 at 07:59 PM ET

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The Wings were out-played and sometimes out-classed by an organization that they now must aspire to become—though the Wings have no reason to trade puck possession for the Bruins’ brand of trappy goony hockey-

I agree, but that is playoff hockey as the officials let the goon stuff to happen. The Red Wings can maintain their style of play, but also need toughness to compete during the playoffs.

Posted by bigfrog on 04/26/14 at 08:01 PM ET

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Sorry, I meant “the officials allow the goon stuff to happen”.

Posted by bigfrog on 04/26/14 at 08:04 PM ET


I have no problem with Quincey coming back if one looks at his game in the last half of the season. Kindl will not ever be a favourite of Babs so they may as well trade him for his sake, and theirs.

Besides, Ouellet, Sproul, Almquist, Marchenko….all of these guys are pushing for spots and, from what we have seen…all of them are fairly close.

Posted by NewfieWing on 04/26/14 at 08:17 PM ET


Fre agent plan…

1. Sign Ryan Callahan.  2.  Trade for Edler.  3.  Sign Matt Niskanen.

Posted by Uncle Rico on 04/26/14 at 08:19 PM ET

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The more I saw Legwand in this series the more I miss Jarnkrok, and I never saw Calle play. Which is pretty even, bkz Legwand was invisible. Zero points, -1, 38.5% on faceoffs.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 04/26/14 at 08:35 PM ET

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[1. Sign Ryan Callahan.  2.  Trade for Edler.  3.  Sign Matt Niskanen.

Niskanen will come cheaper, maybe. He could definitely help cure some of our PP woes. I could accept Callahan only if Mule is gone.

But if I am dreaming, I want to dream a trade that sends Sheahan and Mule to Washington for Backström.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/26/14 at 08:46 PM ET

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George, thanks for all your hard work this year. The recaps have been great and posting everything else was awesome.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 04/26/14 at 09:19 PM ET

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We got beat by a superior team.  They’re built to win The Stanley Cup, we’re patched together to make a run at the Calder.  I would have loved a tighter series, but it was mostly All Boston, All the Time.  Oh well, let’s heal up. I’ve got thoughts about free agents and trades and a few comments to make about Franzen and The Nyquist and some scientific observations regarding what happens when you put hot things next to cold things and such, but I’ll save those for another day.  Congrats on the success to this team in what was a bizarre and extremely trying season.  Thanks for the blog, George.  Looking forward to your continued excellent coverage of all things Griffwings.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/26/14 at 09:33 PM ET

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George, thanks for all your hard work this year. The recaps have been great and posting everything else was awesome.

Seconded. Paul’s got our breaking news and the Chief gets us riled up, but George keeps my faced glued to TMR and KK every day with the latest DRW, well…everything. Amazing job as always George, thanks for it all! It’s so hugely appreciated.

No one expected things to go quite so well in terms of our youth movement this year. If we can clear out the expiring contracts and get youth and speed into the lineup, next year could be something special.

Posted by BrendonTO on 04/26/14 at 09:36 PM ET

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Mantha with 2 goals tonight, but they lose to Halifax in overtime. He’s now only one loss away from making his much anticipated AHL debut

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/26/14 at 09:38 PM ET

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Congrats to the Wings who overachieved this year…but it’s now the off-season and I predict the Wings will re-sign: Legwand, Quincey, and Alfredsson in addition to all their RFA’s.

Face it there is no quality free agent defenseman: the one I would target would be Joni Pitkanen, but that’s a huge risk given his recent injuries. But they need that PP QB more than any heavy defensive minute eater. But that doesn’t mean the Wings shouldn’t offer Poison pill contracts to their Eastern rival d-men.

As far as a backup to Howard: The Monster leaves for a longer contract. He has proven that he can handle the #1 job and/or is a top backup and that should garnish a multiple year deal. The Wings can’t add those extra years as they have a backup goalie logjam. They have McCollum who has resurrected his career with save % going from .891 to .904 to .922 this past year. I have no idea what they plan to do with him, but it’s pretty hard to put him on the 50 man roster being 2 years older than Mrazek esp since they have Jake Paterson graduating from Saginaw (OHL) and Jared Coreau already in GR. It seems Mrazek will be properly ripened after 2 seasons plus playoffs and if not they might have to grab someone other than Monster anyways as he shouldn’t be forced to take a 1 year deal.

Samuelsson and Cleary are gone. I like Bertuzzi because of his size (willingness to go to the net) and role as a mentor for younger players, but he would fit better on a 2 way deal and in GR learning to be a player coach. I doubt he would do that given his upcoming financial issues and expect him to take a 1 year contract elsewhere.

I expect the Wings to move the following players: Joakim Andersson (Glendening has taken his role and does it for a 100k less) and Lashoff.

Franzen will be gone too (but no not during the summer, I expect him to be moved before the 2015 trade deadline. Franzen’s actual salary starts it’s nose-dive in the summer of 2016. He become valuable to the Isles, Oilers, and other basement dwellers… and the Wings will be realistic about his value going forward by then).

Tootoo gets bought out.

So the Wings will have cap room, but not spend it. Instead choosing to see how next year’s team starts out and if the “kids” take another step.

Posted by d ca on 04/26/14 at 09:46 PM ET

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Face it there is no quality free agent defenseman:

I’m with you.  I don’t know if we can sign a guy to fix us.  I think we’ll have to buck up for a trade.

However, unlike many of you, I’ll believe Cleary is gone when I see Cleary is gone…unlike last time when Cleary was gone to Philly but not really because he never left.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/26/14 at 09:56 PM ET


Detroit got beat by a significantly better, healthier team.  Trying to find people to blame for that is a fool’s errand.  Going into the series it was fairly obvious they’d lose, and lose quickly.  Merely getting to the playoffs in the face of withering injuries qualifies as a tremendous achievement.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/26/14 at 10:18 PM ET

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I’m in the throes of a severe stomach virus and as I cannot bring my laptop into the restroom, the recap will have to wait. I’m sorry.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/26/14 at 11:50 PM ET

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Posted by d ca on 04/26/14 at 09:46 PM ET

Excellent post and I agree about almost everything.
I think they will keep Franzen (unless they get a really good offer at the deadline, but I don’t think they’ll look) and then decide whether to trade him after next season. They won’t re-sign Emmerton. And I hope they don’t re-sign Quincey for more than 2 seasons, but 3 is more likely. The problems on defense won’t be solved next season, but hopefully the goaltending will be more consistent, they’ll play better team-defense, and they’ll be able to outscore more of their mistakes.

I like Callahan, but I think there’s no way they get him.

Posted by bleep bloop on 04/27/14 at 12:26 AM ET


The roster they iced today/yesterday was probably the strongest they’ve had all season (sans Ericsson). Aside from players not being 100% due to injuries, I think this roster would have benefit from playing together a lot longer during the regular season. Maybe things would have come together better had the matchup have been Pittsburgh but it is what it is. They made the playoffs against the odds (and mostly without their two best players), and they made it through their first season in the eastern conference.

KH should have a good idea at this point what he needs to do to retool this team into a legit cup contender next season. Some will roll their eyes, but I’m serious.

Posted by ryan-o on 04/27/14 at 01:27 AM ET

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Posted by guy on 04/27/14 at 12:43 AM ET

whoa if I’m your GM… you can be my capologist I guess? Or video coach maybe?  wink

Holy hell it was a crazy Griffs game tonight. 7-2 Griffins, a billion penalties. Got to be a pretty boring game once it was over and the first goalie got chased.

I continue to be crazy impressed with Andreas Athanasiou. It’s funny because Mantha has gotten so much attention this year I think Athanasiou has slipped under the radar a bit. He already looks like one of the best forwards on the Griffins and is playing on a top line. He looks like the fastest guy on the ice. Earned a penalty shot when he split two defenders with sheer speed and then got hooked from behind on a breakaway. Made a nice move on the PS, but he lost the puck right at the end.  Still, another 4th round pick. Killer.

(I’m still sad there’s no more red wings games… a kind of shock has settled in)

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/27/14 at 02:37 AM ET


In previous years I could understand the media and fans getting on Franzen for his lackadaisical play and apparent disinterest come playoff time yet again. And I could see people being unhappy with Howard after the way he allowed in the first goal in game 2, and again in game 3. I can also see people being unhappy with one or another player not named Franzen or Howard.

But let’s be honest, and look at this like most NHL teams would look at it. It’s not the Detroit Franzen’s, or the Detroit Howard’s. It’s the Detroit Red Wings. And it’s the coaches job to choose which of the available players should play, and up to the coach to get those players to give it 110% each shift. I’m not going to say Detroit would have done better with Cleary and/or Samuelsson in the lineup over Tatar or another of the young guys. But making Bertuzzi and Tootoo healthy scratches throughout the season, and then putting Tootoo on waivers and sending him down to GR in favor of inexperienced players who don’t bring the size and “threat” of Bertuzzi, or the grit, agitation, and in your face play of Tootoo were bonehead moves. Those two players bring elements to the lineup none of the young guys brought, and elements teams desperately need to survive the playoffs, and have success. I like Glendening, but he is basically a less effective and inexperienced version of Tootoo, and Toot’s has better hands for fighting, and scoring. So why was Glendening in the lineup over Toot’s? Because the coach and vocal fans and sports writers thought we had to have a team full of speedy young guys with little experience instead of what has been working for Detroit for the past 23 seasons?

Yes, we all know Bab’s coached a team of future hall of fame players and superstars to two goal medal wins, had the world junior win or whatever it was, and he coached a Red Wings team full of EXPERIENCED players who were led by #5 and still played Scotty Bowmans game to a Stanley Cup victory in 2008. But why does that make him great? He’s not great. Good yes. Great no.

But you know who is good at getting the most out of their players (both the superstars and the unknowns) on a consistent basis, and is also available as of now? Barry Trotz. I think it’s time for Wings management to QUICKLY thank Bab’s for his services and then show him the door to make room for Trotz before the Caps or another team snags him up. If Bab’s continues to coach the Wings then it will be a long time before the Wings win the cup again. Bab’s only seems to be effective with some players, and it will take a major rebuild and several years to find the players who Bab’s can get enough out of to win the cup.

The Wings need Trotz.

Posted by Howdy Gordie on 04/27/14 at 02:43 AM ET

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And the first “fire Babcock” less than 24 hrs from the last loss.

I take it you didnt watch the first half of the season?

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/27/14 at 03:56 AM ET

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