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Mar. 14, 2014: The Detroit Red Wings addressed to some degree the injury-induced hole at center recently by acquiring David Legwand from Nashville. Legwand has 41 career points against the Wings in 69 games and so is a bit of a Wings killer (though his 61 in 70 against Chicago make him more of a Blackhawks killer). Here’s hoping he can convert some of that magic to the right side. He had an NTC with Nashville, so he wants to be here, but the fact his contract ends this summer makes him a rental. FULL STORY
Jul. 6, 2013: The Detroit Red Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss on the first day of the open free agent market yesterday, upgrading their forward corps even while letting Valterri Filppula, and likely Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner, walk. FULL STORY
Jun. 19, 2013: On top of the year remaining on his current contract. Pavel Datsyuk announced today that he and the Detroit Red Wings have come to an agreement on a three-year extension. He can’t put pen to paper until July 5th, but this is the next thing to officially official. FULL STORY
May. 28, 2013: The Detroit Red Wings, with this run, is making me a believer in Mike Babcock again. After a season where I wasn’t sure what to think about this group, except kind of depressing thoughts, and where I was (unfairly) pretty sure Babcock’s time had maybe run out, I’m now stunned to find them up 3-1 on a Chicago Blackhawks team that looked like an unbeatable juggernaut before the series. FULL STORY
Jan. 20, 2013: It’s only the first game of the Detroit Red Wings season, but it was pretty terrible. It’s far too early to panic, but color me concerned. In a season this short, they can’t afford not to show up every night. They need to move onward and upward from this or it will be a long season despite being a short one. FULL STORY
Sep. 27, 2012: A city like Detroit is one example of a specific area that will take a definite hit in the absence of a crowd hitting the town for an NHL hockey game, even with its improvements in terms of entertainment downtown in recent years. The NHL Lockout will hurt Detroit's economy.
Aug. 9, 2012: The Detroit Red Wings are pursuing Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. So reports Brendan Savage, who has it from a team source. Not exactly the kind of guy I’d be thrilled to see the team paying $6.68 million, but so the market goes. This qualifies as exciting news here in the dog days of the NHL offseason.
Jul. 27, 2012: Yesterday, Alexander Semin signed a one year, $7 million deal with Carolina, dealing the Wings yet another free agent loss. Except they never really wanted him, so that’s debatable. Can you lose a fight for a guy you didn’t want? I guess it’s a loss if you were a fan clinging to the thought of Alexander Semin coasting in Red and White. FULL STORY
Jul. 19, 2012: Huge news broke around 1:00 AM last night: the Flyers got Shea Weber to sign a 14-year offer sheet worth upwards of $100 million. Just below that in the "huge news" category is that the Predators had been in trade talks with a group of teams that included the Detroit Red Wings. The Flyers just got tired of waiting, apparently.
Jul. 18, 2012: Detroit Red Wings made a "hell of an offer" to Columbus for Rick Nash. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), Jackets GM Scott Howson turned it down without so much as a counter offer. The obvious conclusion is that Howson’s simply not interested in dealing with a fellow Central Division team.