Detroit Red Wings and Coach Mike Babcock: Will There Be a Seven-Year Itch?

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It’s hockey season in Detroit again. Time to put up with another 82-game grind. In the city’s self-ascribed “Hockeytown,” it’s considered par, not impolite, to look past the months of October through March so that the fans can worry about playoff match-ups.

The 82-game regular season is something that is tolerated in Detroit, not necessarily enjoyed. It’s a longer opening act than a bad comedian.

Wing Nuts actually had to pay attention, a little, to the regular season two years ago, when the calendar turned to 2010 and the Red Wings were still monkeying around, trying to secure a playoff spot. But that drama was short-lived and by the end of February, order was restored as the Red Wings distanced themselves from the bottom feeders.

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Red Wings Brian Rafalski Expected To Retire

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Red Wings Brian Rafalski Expected To Announce Retirement Wednesday


The Detroit Red Wings have announced a press conference for 11:00am Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena where it is expected that defenseman Brian Rafalski will announce his retirement from the National Hockey League after eleven seasons.  This was Rafalski’s fourth season in Detroit after previously playing for the New Jersey Devils, and in Sweden and Finland.  The 37 year old, who went undrfated after a college career at Wisconsin, has one year left on his contract.  It is believed that knee and back injuries over the last couple seasons are contributing to the retirement.


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