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This Pretty Goal Will Be The Only Thing I Choose To Remember From The Red Wings' Season

On MLB opening day and with plenty of actual good NHL teams in action, there was no way in hell I was going to put myself through Red Wings-Sabres last night. So I’d be lying if I said I’ve entirely stuck by my hometown team, but still, this highlight is like the best thing I’ve seen from Detroit all year.

Now This Is An Old-School Hockey Fight

The argument for fighting in hockey is twofold: that the threat of a beating serves as a deterrent, policing dirty hits against skill players, and that a good, rousing rumble can fire up an uninspired team. That hockey has neither gotten more dangerous nor less inspired as fighting had decreased dramatically would…

Red Wings Trade Former Franchise Goalie For Melted Ice Red Wings Trade Former Franchise Goalie For Melted Ice

It’s not that the Red Wings’ trade of goalie Petr Mrazek to Philadelphia was any massive surprise, or even that the Flyers screwed Detroit with an unfair deal. But when you look at what the Red Wings got in return for a guy who was once thought the be the team’s future cornerstone, it’s pretty depressing.

The Blackhawks Are Just Showing Off

The Chicago Blackhawks have been skating the Red Wings out of their shiny new arena since tonight’s opening puck drop. They chased starting goalie Jimmy Howard after less than nine minutes, but they saved their prettiest goal yet for Petr Mrazek. Twenty-year-old native Michigander Alex DeBrincat, high off one goal and…

Erik Karlsson Wasn't Ready For Andreas Athanasiou

It took just six seconds for young Red Wing upstart Andreas Athanasiou to get the winning goal in overtime against the Senators Wednesday night. And for that, he can thank the best defenseman in hockey.

Huh, I Guess You Can Just Use A Normal Drill For This

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The Flames And Wings Had An Old-Fashioned Dust-Up

Little-known Red Wing Luke Witkowski beat the heck out of Calgary’s Brett Kulak at the end of a Detroit blowout tonight, with a potential gray-area extra punch after he already clearly won. Their fighting sparked additional fisticuffs between the two teams, the kind of which one rarely sees in the NHL these days.

White-Supremacist Bozos Appropriated The Detroit Red Wings Logo  White-Supremacist Bozos Appropriated The Detroit Red Wings Logo 

Here was an unexpected feature of Friday’s torch-lit Neo-Nazi white nationalist march in Charlottesville: a bunch of racist bozos marching around with placards featuring the Detroit Red Wings logo:

Gordie Howe Got Things Done Gordie Howe Got Things Done

This feature originally appeared in Inside Sports and appears here with permission.

Taxpayer-Funded Detroit Arena Now Sports Massive, Hideous Corporate Ad Taxpayer-Funded Detroit Arena Now Sports Massive, Hideous Corporate Ad

The taxpayer-funded new sports arena in Detroit that is not named after Gordie Howe unveiled a new “feature” Tuesday, one that will now dominate any aerial view of Detroit on every TV broadcast in the foreseeable future. The roof of the new arena features a gigantic, ugly logo for a third-rate pizza joint:

Why Did The Red Wings Expose Petr Mrazek?  Why Did The Red Wings Expose Petr Mrazek? 

While I’m still unenthused about the idea of the new Vegas Golden Knights actually playing their games, I’ve been giddy as hell about the drama surrounding the expansion draft. Nothing is more entertaining than watching a highly paid GM make a dumb move, and with 30 teams involved in a fairly complex protocol for…

Detroit Officials Argue That Inability To Give Billionaires Free Money Will Harm City Finances Detroit Officials Argue That Inability To Give Billionaires Free Money Will Harm City Finances

The Detroit Pistons will soon move back to the city after nearly 40 years of playing out in the suburbs. The public will provide at least $305 million of the $945 million that it cost to build the new pizza-themed, arena as well as a new practice facility for the team. The actual cost will almost certainly end up…

Why Is Detroit's City Council Giving Away Free Money To Billionaires? Why Is Detroit's City Council Giving Away Free Money To Billionaires?

If you go to the Detroit Pistons’ website, you can buy season tickets for the 2017-18 season, their first in a brand-new arena named after a pizza company. The move to downtown Detroit, where they haven’t played since 1978, has sparked such interest that they’re ranked second among NBA teams for new season ticket…

The Dynasty That Ate Itself The Dynasty That Ate Itself

It was a year of mourning for the Red Wings. Their beloved owner, Mike Ilitch, died. So did Joe Louis Arena, the old barn on the Detroit River where the Wings dominated in the mid-to-late ‘90s and early aughts, winning four Stanley Cups, six Presidents’ Trophies, and making the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons. The…

Riley Sheahan Avoided Historically Sucking  Riley Sheahan Avoided Historically Sucking 

Red Wings center Riley Sheahan, best known for his brief role as “super-drunk” Tinky Winky, had gone the entire season without scoring a goal. The effort was there, as Sheahan had 106 shots on goal going into Detroit’s final game, but he just hadn’t finished any of them. His luck changed Sunday against the Devils.

Joe Louis Arena Was Crude And Perfect Joe Louis Arena Was Crude And Perfect

Whenever I feel exhausted or beat down, I hop on Youtube and watch Darren McCarty drop a natural hat trick on Patrick Roy.

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg knocked over a dude’s beer, but made it up to him with a signed stick. Seems like a nice guy. [Ottawa Citizen]

March 26 will mark 20 years since that brawl. Kris Draper, whose broken face at the hands of Claude Lemieux lit the powder keg a year earlier, shares what he remembers, and what he doesn’t. [The Players’ Tribune]

Mike Ilitch Was No Saint Mike Ilitch Was No Saint

If you only went by what you read in the Detroit papers this week, you’d think Mike Ilitch—the pizza baron and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers who died last week at the age of 87—was a god incarnate. And for the last three decades, if you’d asked anyone in Michigan, you’d have gotten the sense he was revered…

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