The core of the Red Wings isn't going anywhere for a long while. General manager Ken Holland made sure of that Tuesday, as Pavel Datsyuk and the Red Wings agreed to a three-year extension (through 2017) worth $22.5 million.
Brunner will take something else out of his first Stanley Cup playoffs. The question now becomes whether Brunner will get other postseason opportunities with the Wings.
Monday night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, if necessary, will be on WADL TV 38 in the Detroit area, not on WDIV Channel 4.
Marian Hossa is one of the Chicago Blackhawks' top scorers, with three game-winning goals already this postseason. And then, suddenly, he wasn't in the lineup for a team that needed all the scoring it can get.
The Grand Rapids Griffins won their first Calder Cup on Tuesday night, topping Syracuse, 5-2, on the road. Grand Rapids won the best-of-seven American Hockey League series 4-2.
The forward and the Red Wings are closing in on an agreement on a multi-year extension, according to a report by Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner late Monday night. No deal can be finalized until July 5.
The first two games haven't always been pretty — ahem, Brandon Bollig — but they have been fast, entertaining and, most important, evenly matched. Fans are definitely getting their money's worth.
According to Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports, the Red Wings, Stars and Maple Leafs have asked the Panthers about Weiss, 30, a former Plymouth Whaler who has spent his entire career in Florida and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
— Niklas Kronwall is just minutes away from doing his job as grand marshal of the Quicken Loans 400, instructing Sprint Cup drivers to 'Start your engines' at the Michigan International Speedway.
The Chicago Blackhawks unleashed an avalanche of shots in the early going and couldn't bury the Boston Bruins. They paid for it in the end. Now, they can forget about home-ice advantage, not to mention the lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Grand Rapids Griffins are one victory away from winning the American League's Calder Cup. But they continue to have difficulty earning that one win, losing, 5-2, on Saturday to Syracuse at sold-out Van Andel Arena.
It finally came to an end — at the stroke of midnight, no less — when Andrew Shaw deflected Michal Rozsival's shot into the goal to give the Blackhawks the victory.
Game 5 is Saturday at Van Andel Arena before the series would switch back to Syracuse for Games 6 and 7 if necessary.
The Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Winter Classic is Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium. Datsyuk wrote on Tuesday that he had a 'good day exploring Ann Arbor.'
The Red Wings signed forward Drew Miller, a potential unrestricted free agent, to a three-year contract according to Miller's agent, Jason Woolley.
Forwards Jan Mursak and Jeff Hoggan scored late third-period goals — Mursak breaking the tie at 15:11 and Hoggan adding his goal at 17:32 — breaking a 2-2 tie as the Griffins went on to beat Syracuse, 4-2, on Wednesday in Grand Rapids.
Andrew Shaw skated in front of the goal in the third overtime and redirected Dave Bolland's shot into the net for the winning score in the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory in Game 1.
The 26-year-old Russian won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP a year ago after leading the league with 109 points. He struggled with a concussion and a shoulder injury during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, finishing with 31 points in 33 games.
That series seemed to inspire the Blackhawks, who eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in five games in the Western Conference finals.
Like every other team, the Red Wings would love to add a top-four defenseman or a top-six scoring forward. And there are players in this market who could offer some help.
When it comes to power plays in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Blackhawks and Bruins might just prefer to keep going with everyone on the ice. The last two teams in the NHL playoffs have been lousy with the man advantage and terrific at killing penalties during the postseason.
The 46-year-old Eakins spent the past four seasons with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, reaching the Calder Cup final in 2012.
Francis Pare's power-play goal at':49 of the second period turned out to be the game-winner. Tomas Tatar, Triston Grant, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco, and Jan Mursak also scored for the Detroit Red Wings AHL affiliate. Syracuse is the top minor league affiliate of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning.
The recently released film "Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story" has thrilled fans across North America, but a dramatic chapter in the beloved Detroit legend's life is still being written in Oakland County Circuit Court.
According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, Babcock will again coach Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Babcock coached Canada to the gold in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, defeating the United States in the championship game in overtime.
— Patrick Kane scored his third goal of the game 11:40 into the second overtime period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the defending champion Los Angeles Kings 4-3 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday night.
He does not have enough fingers for all of his Stanley Cup rings. Five with the Canadiens in the'70s, one as coach of the Penguins and three more as coach of the Red Wings — plus three others in a variety of front-office positions. And now there is the shot for No. 13 at age 79 as senior adviser, hockey operations for the Blackhawks.
Mitch Callahan, Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist scored Saturday night to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 3-1 victory at Syracuse and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals, the championship series of the American Hockey League.
After Detroit was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs last week, forwards Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson and defenseman Danny DeKeyser joined the team's minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids.
The Bruins won the Eastern Conference finals 4-0 and held the high-scoring Penguins to just two goals in the stunning sweep.