With the signing of Brad Richards, the Red Wings have a surplus of top 9 forwards. Based on his quotes, Holland sees Datsyuk, Richards and Sheahan as the top 3 centers meaning Zetterberg, Tatar, Nyquist, Franzen, Abdelkader, Helm, Pulkkinen and Jurco are competing for the remaining spots in the top 9. With so much competition, there is little opportunity for the Red Wing’s super prospect Dylan Larkin to crack the lineup. However, Red Wing history has shown us a possible blueprint for getting Larkin into the lineup despite the aforementioned players.
July 2, 2015
June 30, 2015
This year's class of free agents could be one of the worst in recent memory. With every team signing stars to long-term extensions, the remaining free agents are complementary players at best. However, these complementary players still get big paydays on July 1st as General Managers scramble to improve their squad. Despite the lack of depth in this years class, there are a few players that fans have suggested signing to deals to improve the team. Most of these suggested targets are overvalued and should never be seen in Detroit, and while I would consider others, there is only one player that I believe Ken Holland could and should sign to become a member of the Detroit Red Wings.
June 22, 2015
Last year we saw glimpses of what the Red Wings expected after signing Stephen Weiss. His 25 points in 54 games provided the depth scoring the team desperately needed. However the points did not always outweigh his other deficiencies. On March 9th he committed 2 ugly turnovers that resulted in shorthanded goals for the Boston Bruins and cost the Red Wings valuable points in the playoff chase. He played only one game over the next three weeks, and although he was in the lineup on a consistent basis to end the regular season he was benched after Games 2 of the playoffs and never returned to the lineup.
June 16, 2015
Last night we saw the Chicago Blackhawks complete an incredibly 6 year run by winning their 3rd Stanley Cup in that time frame. But before they have even cleaned the confetti off the ice, bookies have started looking ahead to next season. Today the online gambling site Bovada released Stanley Cup odds for 2016. This early on the odds are dictated more by recent media attention and popularity than true potential. As a result, there are a number of cases where the odds over and underestimate the team's potential to hoist the trophy next season. Using the team's current roster and expected off-season moves, I compared Bovada's odds to how I expect the team will do next season.
June 12, 2015
The continued improvement of NHL goaltending culminated in record high save percentages this season. Many NHL executives see this improvement as a cause for concern as goal scoring drops towards pre-Lockout levels. Desperate to combat the growing size and skill of goaltenders, changes to increase offense are everywhere. While good intentioned, I believe many of these changes are doomed due to the failure to recognize the problem behind the lack of excitement.