Brian Manzullo Detroit Free Press Published 8:20 AM EDT Apr 19, 2019 As soon as the news broke, the floodgates opened. A little after 6 a.m., the Detroit Red Wings called a news conference for 3 p.m. today featuring owner Chris Ilitch, general manager Ken Holland ... and Steve Yzerman. That name drew Red Wings fans into a frenzy. Because it's expected that Yzerman, after a successful stint in the Tampa Bay Lightning front office, is coming back to the Red Wings' front office to help lead the team back to Stanley Cup contention. Here's a collection of reactions from social media as Red Wings fans wake up to the news. Stay tuned to freep.com for full coverage of today's 3 p.m. news conference. Contact Brian Manzullo: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BrianManzullo. Be sure that you follow the Detroit Free Press on Twitter (@freep) and Instagram and like us on Facebook. … [Read more...] about Steve Yzerman is coming home, and Red Wings fans are losing it
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Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 12:22 AM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Maybe I'm a little crazy. Maybe. So with Tuesday's 2019 NHL draft lottery upon us, I decided to do my own analysis, simulating the results 100 times. Thanks to the beckoning of Tankathon.com, it didn't take long. The lottery decides the first 15 picks of the NHL draft. This year's top prize is 17-year-old Jack Hughes, younger brother of Vancouver's Quinn Hughes (Michigan). Jack Hughes, who plays for the Plymouth-based USA Hockey National Team Development Program in suburban Detroit, is regarded as a 'generational' talent. Finland forward Kaapo Kakko is the No. 2 prospect. The Detroit Red Wings have the fourth-best odds of the 15 lottery teams, with a 9.5% chance to win the No. 1 pick, and a 28.8% chance to move into the top 3. The Red Wings selected Filip Zadina at six last year. The NHL will draw for the first pick, then repeat the process for picks two and three. After … [Read more...] about NHL draft lottery: Simulating what happens to Detroit Red Wings
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 1:15 PM EST Dec 1, 2018 BOSTON — Luke Witkowski didn’t think twice about helping. Friday evening, the Red Wings forward/defenseman posted a message on his Instagram feed to promote a charity game that will raise money for safety equipment for St. Clair Shores K-9 officers. The Jan. 19 event at the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena will feature players from the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program facing off against local police officers. “I had given a couple of the guys from the Michigan Warriors some tickets earlier in the season,” Witkowski said Saturday morning at TD Garden as he prepared for the evening game between the Wings and Boston Bruins. “They reached out to me and asked if I would spread the word. Being that I live in St. Clair Shores, I thought I could do my part and help out a little bit.” Admission price for the K-9 Axe memorial hockey game is $10 per person. The Michigan Warriors are … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Witkowski spreads word for K9 safety
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 12:02 PM EDT Oct 16, 2018 A winless team begets questions about a coaching change. The losses are mounting for the Detroit Red Wings, who at 0-4-2 are off to their worst start since the 1985-86 season, when they were winless in their first nine games. The confidence that emanated from them after their first road trip, when they played well but lost in regulation and in a shootout in southern California, has evaporated. It was an angry, embarrassed group that returned home from the second road trip, which saw the Wings lose 8-2 at Boston and 7-3 at Montreal. How does this start affect head coach Jeff Blashill? Let’s examine. My sense is management/ownership is not looking to fire Blashill. They recognize the Wings lack talent, that the team is paying for all those years of making the playoffs and thus not drafting a high-end player (when the Wings selected Michael Rasmussen at ninth overall in 2017, that was their … [Read more...] about Is Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill in trouble?
Orion Sang Detroit Free Press Published 7:46 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 The Washington Capitals clinched the Stanley Cup with a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, giving D.C. sports fans their first championship from one of the four major professional sports leagues in 26 years. Detroit sports fans may have watched the celebration with a mixture of happiness for long-suffering D.C. sports fans — and longing. Thanks to the Capitals, Detroit has now moved up the list of cities with the longest-running title droughts. The Detroit Red Wings brought the last major championship home to the Motor City ten years ago. The Detroit Tigers played for a World Series in 2012, but it has been a rough decade for Detroit teams. But misery loves company. That’s why we’ve taken a look at other three- or four-sport cities that have title droughts longer than Detroit’s. There’s good news and bad news: Detroit’s drought isn’t the worst, so … [Read more...] about Where Detroit ranks among longest championship droughts