What if a carrot was in charge of the Wings' offseason?

Scott Maxwell
August 27 2016 12:53PM


I was feeling a bit nostalgic the other day, and was looking at a classic article at Pension Plan Puppets, looking back at the Toronto Maple Leafs 2013 free agency day, and deciding who had a better day: Dave Nonis, the Leafs GM at the time, or a potato?

And that got me thinking: what if I applied the same logic to Ken Holland's offseason this year? While maybe not as many historically bad moves, it was an offseason with it's fair share of bad moves, and has many wondering whether this may be the end of the Wings playoff streak. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to our challenger to Ken Holland, the carrot.

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What are realistic expectations for Glen Gulutzan?

Pat Steinberg
August 27 2016 10:00AM

The reaction seemed to be mostly positive when the Calgary Flames hired Glen Gulutzan as head coach in the middle of June. Gulutzan made a good first impression and addressed a number of things Flames fans had become frustrated with under Bob Hartley's regime, namely possession and blocked shots. Now in his second job as an NHL head coach, let's delve into what we might expect from Gulutzan, specifically in the early going.

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Looking back at the lopsided Danny Grant/ Henry Boucha swap

Mike Commito
August 27 2016 09:04AM

With little else going on in the off-season, we powered up the Wings Nation time machine to head back to August 27, 1974 to zero in on the time Detroit traded Henry Boucha to Minnesota in exchange for Danny Grant. 

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What's Johnny Gaudreau going to make on his next contract?

Jacob Stoller
August 27 2016 07:11AM

Putting pen to paper on the Sean Monahan contract may have checked one of the final boxes on the Calgary Flames summer to do list, but it turned the spotlight to another box that remains unchecked.  The Flames' other young star, Johnny Gaudreau, remains a restricted free agent late in to the offseason and the clock is ticking for Calgary and Gaudreau to get a deal done. 

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Will Jake Virtanen Start the Season in the AHL?

J.D. Burke
August 26 2016 01:00PM

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The Canucks have a series of difficult questions to face at the onset of training camp. Paramount among them is whether they can accommodate Jake Virtanen as a feature on their opening night lineup.

It's not even a matter of regression, or whether Virtanen has done anything to loosen his grip on a full-time job. By all accounts, Virtanen had one of the best second halves among all Canucks' forwards; a distinction worth making, but one that perhaps undersells his body of work last season as a whole, truthfully. He's apparently been putting in serious work this off-season, too.

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