1. The NHL's 10 Best Team Rivalries

    If you've ever played competitive sports of any kind, you likely know the joy that comes with a very special kind of hatred generated by team rivalries...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 14,366 reads 62 comments

  2. Detroit Red Wings: Past Their Prime or Primed for Success?

    Go ahead and spare me your words of warning. Yes, I realize training camp is more than a month away. Agreed, we still don't know what is going on with Mike Modano. Understood, we've yet to sign Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,973 reads 24 comments

  3. Mike Modano and Five Other Players the Red Wings Need to Pursue

    In a situation that's so frustratingly ambiguous, one becomes almost starved for anything resembling clarity. No one really knows what Mike Modano will decide to do this summer. He may retire, he may play on...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 2,062 reads 16 comments

  4. Dropping the Gloves: Power Ranking the NHL’s Best Fighters

    It seems as if there's a new controversy that arises every NHL season that surrounds a particular facet of hockey as it is being played in that particular year...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 7,746 reads 37 comments

  5. NHL Free Agency: Two Fixes To the CBA That'll Deter Ludicrous Contracts

    To name names at this point would be both irrelevant and nauseating. Suffice to say that any team that would submit an idiotic 17-year contract to the NHL for approval and expect anything but incredulity is collectively delusional...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 383 reads 13 comments

  6. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Five Players That May Be Teamless in October

    If you're anything like me, there was once a time when July 1st was a day you marked on your calendar to remind yourself to call in sick from work...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 7,266 reads 11 comments

  7. NHL Free Agency: Why Is LA Passing on Ilya Kovalchuk? One Word, "Chicago"

    Back when the LA Kings were still in on the Kovalchuk Sweepstakes (well, the second time at least), a friend and I were emailing back and forth on the possible scenarios that could result in Kovalchuk actually becoming a Los Angeles King...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 2,382 reads 32 comments

  8. NHL Free Agents 2010: Detroit Red Wings Should Cool Pursuit of Mike Modano

    What was it that Ace Ventura said? "Man, I'm tired of being right!" On June 29, the day the Dallas Stars made it official that they would not be making an offer to franchise icon Mike Modano, I wrote this piece...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,437 reads 31 comments

  9. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Biggest "WTF" Signing Ever? Jokinen Again a Flame

    Though NHL free agency is just hours old, I'm willing to bet there won't be another signing that leaves more people scratching their heads than Olli Jokinen's two-year, $6 million deal with the Calgary Flames...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,964 reads 12 comments

  10. Who Will Be the Next Steve Yzerman?: Five NHL Players Who've Got a Shot

    Wanted: NHL Center/Captain/Icon Minimum Qualifications: Must be an excellent offensive player, must lead by example and sacrifice for the good of the team, must be able to commit entire ...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 5,200 reads 50 comments

  11. Detroit Red Wings: Holland May Offer Mike Modano a Deal, but Shouldn't

    I'm not trying to start anything here. I have no inside knowledge. I haven't heard any rumors, or even whispers of rumors, from the Detroit Red Wings front office. Just call it a hunch...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 2,154 reads 19 comments

  12. Detroit Red Wings 2010 Free Agency To Do List

    As the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has now come and gone, and with absolutely nothing resembling a major trade going down during the two-day event (the second of which resembled something ...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 900 reads 12 comments

  13. 2010 NHL Draft Live: Red Wings Nab Small, Skilled Swede With 51st Pick

    If the Red Wings went against type by going after a big, physical forward in Riley Sheahan, their first pick in the 2010 Draft (21st overall), they went right back to what has worked for them in the past, a small, skilled forward...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 529 reads 2 comments

  14. 2010 NHL Draft Live: Detroit Selects Riley Sheahan 21st Overall

    Red Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill said he was looking for size, speed, and skill with their 21st pick, and he got what he wanted. Detroit selected Notre Dame forward Riley Sheahan (6'2", 202 lbs...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 611 reads 2 comments

  15. 2010 NHL Draft Live: Tyler Seguin Thrilled To Be a Boston Bruin

    The "Taylor or Tyler" saga is now officially over. Like so many mock drafts predicted, Taylor Hall was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers and Tyler Seguin is now bound for Beantown...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 843 reads 18 comments

  16. 2010 NHL Draft Live: Detroit Looking To Get Speed, Size With 21st Pick

    Assistant General Manager Jim Nill is hopeful the Detroit Red Wings' higher-than-usual 21st pick will yield a solid player, but he's also realistic...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 300 reads 0 comments

  17. Why Red Wings Goalie Jimmy Howard Should Win NHL's Calder Trophy

    In a way, most individual NHL awards are more evidence of prevailing opinion than objective excellence. Are Pavel Datsyuk, Ryan Kesler, and Jordan Staal all outstanding defensive forwards? Yes...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 545 reads 16 comments

  18. 2010 NHL Draft: Five Players on the Detroit Red Wings Radar

    Apparently, the Detroit Red Wings feel the roster they had last season is exactly what they need next season as long as it stays healthy...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,498 reads 4 comments

  19. NHL Awards: Five Players That Should've Been Up for Selke Trophy

    With the 2010 NHL Awards just days away, I took sometime to review all the finalists as I had paid little attention to the nominations at the time they were announced (the Stanley Cup Playoffs being a slightly more occupying event)...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 678 reads 18 comments

  20. Detroit Red Wings: Todd Bertuzzi Deal Could Be Brilliance or Blunder

    Many wayward NHL players have come to Detroit and eventually ended their careers as Red Wings. Dallas Drake, Steve Duchesne, Jamie Macoun, and Larry Murphy to name a few. Apparently, Todd Bertuzzi will add his name to that list...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,976 reads 27 comments

  21. Ken Holland And Jim Nill Given Five-Year Extensions by Detroit Red Wings

    The Detroit Red Wings have announced that they have extended the contracts of Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland and Assistant General Manager Jim Nill for another five years...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,332 reads 0 comments

  22. Detroit Red Wings: Two Filppulas in Motown, Both With Something To Prove

    On Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings looked to a familiar source for talent as they continue to add roster options for the 2010-11 season. The source: the Filppula Family...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 976 reads 7 comments

  23. 2010 NHL Draft: Matching Up the Top 10 Prospects With Top 10 Picks

    The Match-Up. We all remember this from grammar school don't we? It's how we learned our synonyms and antonyms, how we discovered that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and whole host of other things...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,973 reads 8 comments

  24. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Brendan Shanahan's Take on Hawks' Chance

    Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks will have an opportunity to not only win a championship, but end a 49-year Stanley Cup drought in the Windy City...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,911 reads 4 comments

  25. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Why Is Chris Pronger Such a Jerk?

    Before we get into this, let me clarify a few things. One, I understand Chris Pronger is one of the toughest guys to go against in the NHL and plays the game with an edge, who often ...

    Matt Hutter Written by Matt Hutter about 5 years ago 1,994 reads 14 comments