Quick Hits: Have The Red Wings Lost Their Mojo?

Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings can improve from within but need an impact trade for a defenseman at some point | MLive.com
At this point, the Wings essentially have four NHL-ready defenseman in Grand Rapids. I am perfectly fine if we move one of these four, along with Kindl to free up cap space, and a 1st-round draft pick, if that would get us a top-4 defenseman in return. You have to give to get, and keeping all four of our prospects is not feasible. Plus, if we do keep them all, where do they fit in on this team going forward? Kronwall, Ericsson, Smith, and DeKeyser take up four spots alone, which means that one prospect will have to be moved at some point.

Wings sign another Hobey Baker winner - Detroit Red Wings - News

The Wings have signed former Phoenix Arizona Coyote' Andy Miele. Like the Kevin Porter signing, this move was done to bolster Grand Rapids, and the Wings in times of dire need.

Ken Holland’s Wikipedia Page Altered by a Disgruntled Red Wings Fan | DSS
Suffice it to say, Ken Holland is not the most popular man in town at the moment.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland's wish list: Health, growth | The Detroit News

It seems that Holland is contempt with letting the team develop with the players it currently has. My emotions on this matter flip between aggravated and content.

Why do the Red Wings repulse free agents? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I am not as worried about the future as I am about winning now when we have arguably two of the best hockey players of all time on our roster. Five years from now we will (hopefully) be fine with players like Mantha, Nyquist, and Sproul. But, right now we need to win with Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Allowing them to end their careers playing for a mediocre hockey team is a disservice to not only them, but to hockey itself.

NHL News

Live updates, analysis from Day 2 of NHL free agency | USA Today
Here's a good recap of everything that happened yesterday. In comparison to the first day of free agency, barely anything occurred yesterday.

30 teams, 30 grades through two days of free agency | Post-to-Post
Detroit was given a "D" rating. Only the Capitals (D-) and Sharks (F) were given worse ratings.

Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin ink four-year deals with New York Islanders | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
With the right group of players, the Islanders' have the ability to be Cup contenders. Whether these two players are the right fit for the Islanders or not is yet to be seen, but Garth Snow is really trying to put together a winning team on Long Island.

Canucks land winger Vrbata for two years, $10M | ProHockeyTalk
Vrbata is not a bad player, but I would not have wanted to sign him to that contract.

Behind Jim Nill, the Stars are building a contender in Dallas - SBNation.com
Jim Nill has transformed the Dallas Stars. They have gone from being a borderline playoff team to a Cup contender within one year. This is how you build a hockey team.

Latest on NHL's top 14 unrestricted free agents - Sportsnet.ca
Michael Del Zotto is still available. I understand that there is a high level of risk associated with signing him, but it could pay off in the end.

Sharks beef up, sign Scott: one year, $700,000 | ProHockeyTalk
The Sharks have added Mike Brown and John Scott. I have a feeling that someone is out for revenge.

Claude Giroux arrested for grabbing a cop's butt - SBNation.com
Out of all of the things you can be arrested for...Thanks Giroux, I needed a good laugh.

Sabres voice Rick Jeanneret diagnosed with cancer, plans return - CBSSports.com
Terrible news. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

Trade: Sharks grab Tye McGinn from Flyers for third-rounder | ProHockeyTalk
Tye McGinn, who is a 23-year-old RFA, scored five points in 18 games during his career with the Flyers.

Predators sign F Jokinen to one-year, $2.5M contract | TSN

The Predators could not sign Stastny, and they could not trade for Spezza, so they settled for Jokinen.

Let's Go Red Wings!