The Detroit Red Wings have have long struggled to maintain a capable defensive corp. The days of Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios feel like a lifetime ago. It would be unfair to place all of the Wings’ faults squarely on the blue line, but inconsistency is the only factor that’s been consistent at the Joe Louis. But a line has been drawn and while the desperately needed complete rebuild probably won’t happen; Ken Holland‘s free agency shopping has potentially calmed the storm. Embed from Getty Images On paper Trevor Daley feels like a great addition. Daley, 33 has just won back-to-back Stanley Cups Stanley Cups,Read More →

As the NHL continued to expand, it was time to add more teams to existing markets. On December 10th 1992, two new franchises were awarded and 1993 saw the addition of two new teams. Florida Panthers Considering that the NHL had first expanded into Florida just one year prior, the league felt that Tampa Bay and Sunrise were far enough apart to offer each team their own fanbase. Maybe because the Retirement State is a pretty big place, or maybe it was just that Wayne Huizenga had $50 million going spare. Remember this was the 90s and Blockbuster was still relevant. Kids, go ask yourRead More →

It’s that time of year again and it’s time for the age old debate. Does Chris Osgood deserve to be selected into the Hockey Hall Of Fame? The easy response is no. It’s been three years since Osgood became eligible and it hasn’t happen yet. I’m here to tell you the correct answer is yes. Embed from Getty Images Chris Osgood was drafted 54th overall in the third round of the 1991 NHL entry draft. He made his NHL debut during the 1993-1994 season playing 41 games. In the that span Osgood went 23-8-5 recording a 2.86 GAA and a .895 SV%. Chris Osgood’s firstRead More →

It’s been 26 years since the Detroit Red Wings have had a top ten draft pick. In 1991 the Wings selected Martin Lapointe at number ten. Lapointe retired from the NHL nine years ago and his son just committed to the University of Michigan.  Needless to say, stress levels in Hockeytown are high and a new era is about to begin. Embed from Getty Images Michael Rasmussen Standing at 6’6, 215 lbs the Detroit Red Wings selected Michael Rasmussen with the 9th pick of the 2017 NHL entry draft. Rasmussen from Surrey, BC Canada is an 18 year old centerman from the WHL’s Tri-city Americans.Read More →

When it was announced that Las Vegas was getting a new franchise, the first thing many thought of was: Expansion Draft! And that time is finally here. On Wednesday, June 21st during the NHL Awards ceremony the Vegas Golden Knights will have their roster officially announced. The entire list of players available to Vegas can be found on the NHL website. The Knights have to pick at least 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goaltenders from the other 30 NHL teams. Embed from Getty Images Joe Martini, Kyle Willaert, Mike Laybourne, and special guest, Managing Editor of Wings Nation, Mr. Nick Seguin, are here toRead More →

The final 4. With the Stanley Cup Final here, we look at the last 4 surviving teams to see who will be protected and who will be left for the Vegas Golden Knights to select from. With 4 clearly quality rosters, there ought to be something worth selecting for the Knights.   Mike, Joe and Carl make the picks this time. For the previous teams selected: Oilers, Rangers, Blues, Capitals Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders, Flyers, Lightning Coyotes, Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings, Devils, Canucks, Jets Rules and regulations for the expansion draft can be found on NHL.comRead More →

The Hart Trophy is awarded annually to the player best judged to have been his team’s Most Valuable Player during the regular season. Three players are nominated, one wins. This year’s nominees are Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby. Three worthy candidates. But that’s just three of thirty. In this short series we’ll be looking at which players deserve to be named as their team’s MVP. Today we’re looking at the Atlantic Division. Boston Bruins: David Pastrnak Embed from Getty Images He may have scored fewer points than linemate Brad Marchand; but Pastrnak brings the effort while leaving the arrogance atRead More →

It’s time to look at the next bunch of lovable losers in the NHL playoffs.  These four lost in the conference finals, with a wide range of emotions. The Oilers were happy to get that far while the Capitals were furious to get bounced by the Penguins for the second year in a row. Today, Mike, Kyle, Joe and Carl let you know who will be chosen to be protected and left unprotected for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. Previous teams can be found here: Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders,Read More →