Additional Detroit Red Wings Info
The Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League had a rather “historic” season a year ago, but not in a good way. They finished the season with just 79 points, good for the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference, and for the first time since 1990, they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team is looking to improve, as they start their first season in their new arena.
The Red Wings did make a series of smaller moves this offseason. First they signed a pair of defensemen, Brian Lashoff and Dylan McIlrath to two-year extensions. On the first day of free agency they signed a pair of defensemen, Trevor Daley and Luke Witkowski to three and two year contracts respectively. Three days later they signed another defensemen, Xavier Ouellet to two-year contract as well. On July 21 they signed left winger Tomas Tatar to a four-year extension. In the draft, they knew they had to improve their awful offense, which ranked 26th in goals scored and 27th in power play percentage, so they picked Michael Rasmussen from Tri City, with the 9th overall pick. The bigger question with this team right now is do they really have a plan?
Red Wings tickets for one of the most well known NHL hockey teams in the league are on sale today. After a strike shortened 2012-2013 season, hockey fans will get the opportunity to see their team try their best to get back to the playoffs once again in 2015. The Atlantic Division is one of the toughest in the league, and the Red Wings are poised to take the top spot once again. Detroit Red Wings tickets for home and away games are always in demand.
Detroit finished on a high note during the strike shortened season, and their 24-16 overall record got them into the playoffs. Sadly, they had an uphill climb from the start. Detroit defeated the Anaheim Ducks to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. Sadly the Chicago Blackhawks stopped the Red Wings from advancing any further.
The Little Caesars Arena is the place to see the Red Wings in action. Over the past 34 seasons, Detroit’s home ice has been at 19 Steve Yzerman Drive. When set for hockey, over 20,000 fans can fit into the venue. In that time, the Stanley Cup has gone Detroit’s way four times. Since its opening in 1979, the venue has been updated four times. The last major upgrade added over 80 skybox suites, and a private seating area in one of the corners of the arena. The City of Detroit is hoping to move the team to a new venue, but they have no plans to move out of state. You will find the Red Wings in the downtown area, no matter how long it takes to build the new venue. For fans of the NHL Classic, the team played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor in 2014.
Detroit Red Wings Look to Rebuild
Two years ago, and for the first time since the 1989-1990 season, the Detroit Red Wings did not qualify for Stanley Cup Playoffs. On top of that disappointing outcome, this past year marked their least season in the Joe Louis Arena. Beginning in 2017, they will play in the brand new Little Ceaser's Arena. It’s an exciting time to be a season ticket holder, but the new venue is the farthest thing from the minds of Red Wings fans. Instead, they are wondering if there is any plan at all for fixing this historic franchise.
During the offseason, the Red Wings showed that they are a franchise without direction. The moves they made in free agency made almost no sense. The team signed 33-year-old defensemen Trevor Daley to a three-year contract. On that same day, they also signed a contract with 27-year-old defensemen Luke Witkowski. Since graduating from college five years ago Witkowski has played in a grand total of 54 NHL games. That’s not much to go on to deserve a contract of that length. They also re-signed left winger Tomas Tatar to a four-year extension, right winger Martin Frk to a three-year extension, and defensemen Brian Lashoff along with Dylan McIlrath to two-year extensions. Their biggest offseason acquisition came in the draft. The Red Wings held the second selection in the entry-level draft, and used it on right winger Andrei Svechnikov from Barrie. That organization is part of the Ontario Hockey League.
From an analyst standpoint, it appears as if the Red Wings are operating like current playoff contenders, which is not true according to most experts. The team will begin the upcoming season over the salary cap, and they say they will work out those issues after the season starts. That move is often found in the mindset of a playoff contender, but for 2017-18 most pundits have them finishing with the second to fourth worst record in the Eastern Conference. Perhaps this organization has gotten so used to being in the playoffs for so long, that it's become difficult for them to switch gears into a rebuilding mode. The theme of the fan commentary coming out of Detroit is “Rebuild now!” Will the Red Wings surprise us all? We shall see.