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 Stanley Cup Finals aren’t even over yet and already we’re hearing about which players are likely to be traded this offseason. There’s no shortage of rumors and plenty of speculation, with reports of numerous offers being fielded by many different teams for their players potentially available in a trade. Besides the potential availability of draft picks (like the Dallas Stars’ coveted 3rd overall pick), plenty of big names seem likely to be moved this offseason. Matt Duchene After one of the first seasons in franchise history, the Avalanche are looking for a fresh start next season and are hoping to rebound from a dreadfulRead More →

The NHL has a problem.  Players know it. Teams know it. Fans know it. Gary Bettman probably even knows it.  The NHL cannot get it right when it comes to concussions and getting players off the ice if they have concussion symptoms.  This conversation has been ongoing for the several years now and has been highlighted again during the playoffs with Sidney Crosby (among others) who have been in and out of the line-up because of concussions (for more on Crosby check out the article by Gwen de Young here). Embed from Getty Images The NHL is not the only league that has a problemRead More →

Memorial Day tribute to our fallen heroes Embed from Getty Images World War One Its been 103 years since the start of World War One. 175,347 American and Canadian military personal died during the deadliest conflict in human history. WWI began in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and lasted until 1918. Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (Allied Powers). Many soon to be or current NHL players put their career on hold to serve in the war. Oddly enough very few actually died during the war.Read 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 →

Jump into the 4th Line time machine and let’s take a ride into hockey’s storied past. May 16th, 1996 – Double OT Thriller The Detroit Red Wings would finish the regular season 62-13-7, with the Presidents trophy in hand and the clear favorite to go all the way. The Wings would have a disappointing post season. Detroit would take a 4-2 series win against the Winnipeg Jets. This would set up a Western Conference Semi Final against division rival St. Louis Blues. Detroit would take each of the first two contests, with a respective score of 3-2 and 8-3. The Red Wings were flying highRead More →