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Wings Wrap up the 2009-2010 Season Written by hgimn - May 1st, 2010

At the start of the season many Fans predicted that the Wings would be in the basement of the league yet again.Gm Kemmer said to be patient as the team is undergoing a rebuild from top to bottom,and that he didn't expect the team to improve drastically overnight.The Wings managed to have a respectable season that saw them win 39 games,and be in contention for a playoff spot until the final week of the season.

The 39 wins was up from the 30 wins that the team had last season when they finished 27th in the league's final standings.The Wings finished 19th this season,and as a result will have the 12th overall pick in the Cmhl Entry Draft.

The Plus 54 mark set by Chris Pronger in season 5 while playing for Montreal may never be touched,but the points category by a defensemen were rewritten.This season saw the record of Goals(formerly 24 By Marek Zidlicky-Season 4) broken(or tied) by 6 defensemen(Mike Green-Det,Nicklas Lidstrom-Clm,Shea Webber-Ana,Brian Rafalski-Tb,Sami Salo-Ott,Anton Volchenkov-Ott).Mike Green in the end ran away with the record as he potted an amazing 36 goals during 82 games,with his next closest competitor(Nicklas Mike GreenLidstrom) having scored 31 times.Green also set the record for assists with 63(formerly 60 set by Mathieu Schneider-Season 2).To make it a clean sweep Green finished the season with 99 points,narrowly missing the century mark as he missed an empty net during the final seconds of a 6-5 win over Tampa Bay to close out the season.The old record was 72 set by Mathieu Schneider during season 2.The record setting leads some to believe that Green could be up for both the Hart and the Norris trophies this season.

A slew of Red Wing Records also fell this season.Mike Green bettered both the 48 assist,and 85 point season of Mariusz Czerkawski during Season 2.He also broke the points by a defensmen of 54 by Marek Zidlicky set during Season 4.Green ended up falling 3 goals short of tying the record of 39 goals also held by Czerkawski.Green finished with 36 goals,63 assists,and 99 points.The Rookie point record formerly held by Nigel Dawes(21 goals,22 assists,43 points) was edged by defensemen Kyle Quincey(16 goals,32 assists,48 points).

Griffins Year end Wrap-Up:

Until this season no team in the Ichf had topped the 110 point mark,but this season saw 5 teams do just that with the Griffins leading the way with a whopping 62 win season good enough for 125 points.The team went an amazing 12-3 during their final 15 games while their closest rival Manitoba stumbled going 4-9-2 to claim the Ichf best record award by 3 points.For their efforts the Griffins will have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs and will face the 8th seeded Calgary Wranglers in the first round.

With the Griffins monster season it of course shows up in the stats.The team was number 1 on the Powerplay,6th on the Penalty Kill,was the 2nd least penalized team,4th in goals for,1st in goals against,6th in shots for,and was 1st in shots against.

Led by Alternate Captain Cory Murphy's record setting year the Grifs put the finishing touches on the best ever regular season in both the Cmhl and Ichf,and being the first team to top the 60 win mark.Murphy is the first player in Ichf history to top the 100 point mark.He recorded 37 goals,and 67 assists to make it a clean sweep for the Red Wings organization for highest scoring defensemen.

Back in net the Grifs have two netminders with an average of 31 wins,a combined gaa of 2.07,and a save percent of 92.Jimmy Howard and Al Montoya have been the league's best tandem,and with both due for new contracts,it only seems fitting that they have raised their play.It could very well be possible that both goalies are promoted to the Wings team next year,but it's likely that only one will make the leap while the other provides solid netminding for the Griffins.

News and Notes:

-Forward Jiri Hudler(brought in from San Jose at the trade deadline last season) has announced that he will return to the Cmhl after spending a season in the Russian Khl league.He will have to honor a 2 year deal worth 1.99 million dollars a year.

-Rookie netminder Jordan Pearce was called up to the Red Wings for the final 3 regular season games as Joey MacDonald was sick with the flu.He played in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov against the Vancouver Canucks and played 14:43,facing 11 shots and allowing 1 goal.He started the last game of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning and pulled after allowed 4 goals on 20 shots(2 of the goals coming on the powerplay) in 37:11 of icetime.He will be returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins to start their playoff run.

-Mike Green has announced that he plans on staying in Detroit if Gm Kemmer offers him a contract that he feels is fair to both him and the team.With loads of cap room this offseason,look for Kemmer to match any offersheet submitted on Green.Green is expected to command top dollar as he set numerous records in his sophomore season.

-Enforcer Darren McCarty has played for the last time in his career.He signed a 2 year deal with the Wings in the offseason at 600k per season,but as the year went on he knew that this was his last season."I had originally intended to finish out the remaining year on my contract,but I knew that the tank was almost empty.I met with Devon and he said that it was ok to call it quits and walk away on my terms.The whole organization has treated me with nothing but class and respect,and I would like to thank all of my fans for supporting me on all the stops in my career." McCarty originally signed with Edmonton,then moved on to the New York Islanders,before stopping in Detroit for his first stint with then the Saskatoon Blades(serving as Captain,and was a call-up for 8 games) only to leave to division rival St.Louis before finally making his way back to the Motorcity as a regular 4th line grinder to finish his career.

Cmhl 264gp-11 goals,9 assists,20 points387 penalty minutes
Ichf:183 Ichf-36 goals,74 assists,110 points,370 penalty minutes.
Other Noteable:Served as Team Captain for the Saskatoon Blades during Season 4.
Plans on being a commentator for the Red Wings on VS TV during next season.

Darren McCarty

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Great article Devon! The Wings are definitely on the right path with Green, Lombardi, Howard, and Kane as a really good young nucleus for years.

Written By: StajanFan (2010-05-02 17:00:29)

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