Quick Hits: Happy Independence Day

I know he's Canadian, but nothing exemplifies American freedom and values like Darren Helm.

So we're at July 4th and people are insane. Hopefully none of you blow off your hands today doing... whatever.

Hockeytown, no limits

Red Wings organization decides on way to honor late Bryan Rufenach | MLive.com
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Detroit Red Wings organization will honor Bryan Rufenach, the defenseman who was electrocuted last month, by designating July 10 in his honor. The Red Wings, along with Grand Rapids Griffins and Toledo Walleye, will have special events planned for the day during Detroit's development camp in Traverse City.

Red Wings Rumors: Detroit To Target Shane Doan If It Doesn't Land Zach Parise? - SB Nation Detroit
The Wings may have Doan as their Plan B for a forward instead of Alex Semin.

Ryan Suter contract offer: 13 years, $90 million from Detroit? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
13 years of a $6.9M cap hit for Suter is the offer from Detroit, according to Helene St. James. What do you think?

Zach Parise says he’d "love" to play on same team as Ryan Suter | ProHockeyTalk
Like we weren't already freaking out, we've got confirmation from one of the big free agents that they've been talking about playing together.

Around the League

Dallas Stars Sign Jaromir Jagr To One-Year, $4.5 Million Contract - Defending Big D
The Dallas Stars are looking to be the next team to be the butt of old jokes. Still, Eriksson-Benn-Jagr makes a scary line.

Brett MacLean Suffered A Cardiac Emergency - Five For Howling
Brett MacLean is currently in the Intensive Care Unit in Knight University Hospital in London Ontario. Terrifying thought; reminiscent of what happened with Jiri Fischer.

Even if nothing else changes, the Oilers will be good, right? - The Copper & Blue
The Oilers are getting there if things develop nicely. They're not there yet.

Colorado Avalanche Re-Sign D Erik Johnson - Mile High Hockey
Golf-Cart Johnson got a four-year deal for $3.75M per season. The Blues first-round bust (seriously, picked before Toews and Jordan Staal) has a lot to prove, but this is a pretty good cap hit.

Have fun today.

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