Hockey

Marek Zidlicky: An Extension Coming?

Since joining the Detroit Red Wings just hours before the 3:00PM trade deadline, veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky has been a point-pre-game player.

With seven points in seven games for Detroit (3 G, 4 A), the 38 year old has been the perfect right-handed shot that coach Mike Babcock has been looking for. Five of his points have come on the powerplay, giving him 17 PPP on the year.

In just his first game with his new club, Zidlicky potted the overtime winner against the conference-rival New York Rangers.

Zidlicky is currently in his 11th NHL season, where he has played 769 games, tallying 397 points (85 G, 312 A) to go alongside a drastic -64 career rating.

Zidlicky broke the 40-point mark for the sixth time in his career last season and currently stands at 30 points (7 G, 23 A) through 70 games this year.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 3.00.40 PMIn Detroit, Zidlicky has primarily provided depth, but has chipped in more offense than any other defenseman, since joining the Wings.

Last year, GM Ken Holland acquired center David Legwand form the Nashville Predators and chose not to resign him in the offseason. I think Zidlicky is a different story, he has been much more effective than Legwand was in his short stint.

Zidlicky, who turned 38 in February, is a defenseman that still has a lot left in the tank, especially as a depth player on a team that contends for the Stanley Cup every season. Re-signing Zidlicky would also be helpful in luring over other free agents this summer and could allow Detroit to re-stock for another great season.

Petr Mrazek Returns

On Sunday afternoon the Detroit Red Wings played an atrocious game against the Boston Bruins, losing 5-3 in a one-sided contest.

Backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson played the first of back-to-back games as the Edmonton Oilers visit Joe Louis Arena tonight to take on Jimmy Howard.

Howard played the third period as an unspecified injury removed Gustavsson from the game. It’s not clear what Gustavsson’s ailment is, but it may have something to do with being run into by Boston’s Milan Lucic, who took a penalty on the play.

With Gustavsson being labeled as day-to-day, the Wings recalled Grand Rapids Griffins goalie, Petr Mrazek.

Petr the Great

Mrazek has been stellar this season, with 13 wins in just 18 starts while Howard and Gustavsson were both battling injuries to begin 2015.

With a .909 SV% and a 2.55 GGA, his numbers aren’t anything great, but he’s also just 23 years old and has yet to get 30 NHL games under his belt.

With injury-plagued Jonas Gustavsson’s contract up at the end of the season, the Wings will almost certainly part ways with him and move Mrazek into the backup position. A position that will allow him more experience at the NHL level and hopefully, push Howard for the starting job next year.

Red Wings Tattoo

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a tattoo. Not because “they’re cool” or flashy, but because they are a piece of you and who you are.

But, my parents have been against them for as long as they can remember, too. They think a tattoo says, “Yea, I’ve been to prison,” or, “My hearing is next week.”

I’ve slowly brought them around to the idea that it’s going to happen. They still don’t approve, but they don’t need to, I’m 22, not 12. I’ve just wanted them to understand that it’s inevitable and that one day I will have a tattoo that they must get used to.

My dad still looks at me like I’m an idiot for wanting one and refuses to take me seriously. My mom, well, she has turned into the, “You’re not getting it anywhere you can’t cover up,” person. Together, they attempt to guilt me into not getting one by thinking they can scare me about having it for life and being able to look at it everyday with zero regret.

I almost got one when I was 18, but still couldn’t decided on what I wanted for life. I knew it would be something hockey, or maybe Michigan, or both. If it’s going to be hockey, then maybe I can incorporate both the Red Wings and Michigan into it together.

I almost got one on my 20th birthday, my favorite number and an applicable birthday gift to myself. But still hadn’t selected a design I love.

photo-2Last week, I got my first tattoo. A Red Wings tattoo, seven feathers from the Winged Wheel, taken directly out of the infamous logo. I was vacationing in Key West, Florida and my girlfriend and I decided on getting tattoos, my first one and her fourth.

I got it over my heart, on the left side of my chest. It’s perfect, it’s something I can live with for the rest of my life. Something I will live with for the rest of my life. I have no regrets and my artist, Dot, from Southernmost Tattoo, did an incredible job.

I have yet to tell my parents. I haven’t discovered a way to break it to them, even though they know it has been a long time coming. My mom returns home from her own Florida trip on Sunday and with them together I will get it over with.