Remember when the Detroit Red Wings were a playoff team? Yeah, that was a good day.
A 4-1 home-ice win over the New York Rangers on Feb. 23 meant that when the Wings awoke the next monring, they were in eighth place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference standings, percentage points ahead of the Florida Panthers. Hockeytown was abuzz with excitement.
The next day, the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2 and were moving a point ahead of the Red Wings. Since that day, Detroit has gone 0-3 and been outscored 15-3.
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— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 1, 2023
Filip Hronek has been traded. Tyler Bertuzzi is being shopped. Other impending veteran UFAs like Oskar Sundqvist, Pius Suter and Robert Hagg can probably be had for the right price.
When the Red Wings are taking the ice Thursday to face the Seattle Kraken, they’ll be 12th overall in the East and five points out of a playoff spot.
Well, it was a nice day while it lasted. Now back to the regularly-scheduled rebuild.
Griffins Fall To Chicago
Squandering a 2-0 lead, the Grand Rapids Griffins sought to rally but came up short in a 4-3 AHL loss to the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday. Goals by Chase Pearson and Matt Luff put the Griffins in a good spot. However, the Wolves netted the next four goals.
With goalie Alex Nedeljkovic on the bench for an extra attacker, Joel L’Esperance pulled one back for Grand Rapids, but the Griffins could draw no closer.
L’Esperance was extending his goal-scoring streak to five games. Collecting two assists, Griffins forward Danny O’Regan has a point in three straight games (1-4-5).
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- The Red Wings and captain Dylan Larkin were agreeing on an eight-year contract extension worth $69.6 million
- Detroit dealt defenseman Filip Hronek and a fourth-round draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks for first and second-round picks
- The Red Wings were signing QMJHL free agent forward Alexandre Doucet.
- Will Tyler Bertuzzi be the next Detroit player to be traded?
Red Wings Next Game
The Seattle Kraken are at Little Caesars Arena to face the Red Wings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET). Seattle has never lost in regulation time to Detroit, going 2-0-1 in three previous meetings.
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Boston: Hard up against the salary cap, Boston Bruins president Cam Neely was suggesting that the team might still be able to tinker with their roster prior to Friday’s trade deadline.
Pittsburgh: The newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins is forward Mikael Granlund. His acquisition was made from the Nashville Predators and likely means the Penguins are out as suitors for Tyler Bertuzzi.
Florida: Former Florida Panthers forward Claude Giroux was helping his old team while helping his new team the Ottawa Senators beat the Red Wings.
Islanders: The New York Islanders are seeking a defenseman as the NHL trade deadline nears.
Washington: In his first game since signing a contract extension with the Washington Capitals, former Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen was lost to an upper-body injury.
Montreal: The Montreal Canadiens weren’t the only team seeking to acquire forward Denis Gurianov from the Dallas Stars.
Philadelphia: Was Wednesday the last game for veteran winger James van Riemsdyk as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers?
Los Angeles: It was the end of an era as the Los Angeles Kings were trading goalie Jonathan Quick on Wednesday.
Colorado: In Lars Eller, the Colorado Avalanche are acquiring a proven, reliable playoff performer.
Calgary: While expectations are the GM Brad Treviling will be making moves prior to Friday’s trade deadline, the Calgary Flames have yet to make a single in-season deal during the 2022-23 campaign.
San Jose: Tampa Bay was trading former Red Wings forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the San Jose Sharks.
Vegas: Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins, forward Teddy Blueger is the newest member of the Vegas Golden Knights.