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Joining Forces: Almqvist, Nedomlel, Quine and Sproul Heading for Grand Rapids

Alan Quine (pictured), Nedomlel, Sproul and Almqvist Join the Griffins

Red Wings prospects Adam Almqvist, Richard Nedomlel, Alan Quine and Ryan Sproul may have seen their respective seasons come to an end, but the trio will join the Grand Rapids Griffins on amatuer try-out contracts (ATOs). For Sproul and Almqvist, who already have entry level contracts with the Wings, this will be a chance to preview the AHL game. Nedomlel and Quine on the other hand, will get another chance to showcase … Continue Reading

Early Returns: Ouellet and Sproul Sign Entry Level Deals

Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul at Red Wings 2011 training camp

The Red Wings recently announced the signing of defensemen Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul to three-year entry level contracts. After strong training camps followed by impressive CHL seasons, both players were rewarded with early contracts.

Ouellet is a classic Detroit defenseman in the making. The 6-foot, 187-pound blueliner is a strong puck moving defenseman who also plays responsibly in his own end. The Bayonne, France native piled up 21 goals and 60 points in 63 games … Continue Reading

March 16th Appearance on the Vic McCarty Show

I was on the Vic McCarty show on March 16, 2012.  We discussed the call-up of Jordan Pearce and the Wings goaltending situation. Additionally we discussed the Nick Lidstrom injury and a few of Detroit’s prospects including Dick Axelsson, Calle Jarnkrok, and Tomas Tatar. To listen to the show, click here.

Life Without Lidstrom

The deep bone bruise that is sidelining Nicklas Lidstrom is also giving the Red Wings a glimpse into their future. The 41 year-old defenseman has been a linchpin for Detroit throughout his 20 NHL season. Lidstrom has already sat eight games – the most consecutive games missed in his career – and with no signs of improvement his return date remains unknown.

Without Lidstrom, the Red Wings have struggled winning just three games during his absence. To make matters worse, Detroit’s powerplay has been anything but an advantage. The special … Continue Reading

March 2nd Appearance on the Vic McCarty Show

I was on the Vic McCarty show on March 3, 2012  We discussed the Red Wings current goaltending situation, the lack of depth in goal next season, and the lack of trades at this years trade deadline. To listen to the show, click here.

Crease Crunch: Wings Must Shore up Goaltending Depth in the Offseason

Will the Red Wings Re-sign Thomas McCollum?

Outside of Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald, this season has not been kind to goaltenders in Detroit’s farm system. Ty Conklin, who was supposed to be the Wings back-up goalie, is now in Grand Rapids trying to find his game after putting up a dismal 3.40 goals against and .878 save percentage in just 11 NHL games. The 35 year-old veteran has already improved with the Griffins posting a 1.40 goals against and a .940 save percentage in three … Continue Reading