Quick Hits: The End is Near?

May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in attendance before the Los Angeles Kings play against the Phoenix Coyotes in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

At the Joe

Red Wings still working on contract to lock up restricted free agent forward Justin Abdelkader | MLive.com
Who else is going to take high sticking penalties at the worst times?

New Guys " The Production Line - TP:60
Some new artwork from Stevie.

Evaluating Detroit's Prospects | Detroit Red Wings News and Discussion
If you're looking for some more prospect talk, well, you can find it here.

Wings GM Holland has "16 forwards fighting for 14 jobs" | ProHockeyTalk
That's too many, according to a barefooted Shane O'Brien and the flasks & cylinders full of bubbling liquids behind him in his white lab coat.

Around the NHL

NHLPA proposes reduced share of revenue to come, more help for small-market teams | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Lots more details have emerged, but here are more of the basics of what the players proposed on Tuesday.

Predators CEO: "We hope to compete and not just survive in the NHL" | ProHockeyTalk
Hope in one hand, shit in the other, Cogen. See which fills up first.

The Fourth Period :: David Pagnotta :: Positive signs stem from NHLPA's proposal
More good details, including talks about the rules which currently govern contracts and time-to unrestricted free agency.

Like a Spanish Flu: NHL to Raise Banners Honoring Latest Lockout - Lighthouse Hockey
A satire of the latest potential NHL lockout scenario. Why raise player numbers to the rafters when you can honor labor disputes?

NHL-CHL transfer agreement reportedly expired: Junior players could become AHL eligible? - Broad Street Hockey
A report claims that the transfer agreement between the NHL and CHL has expired. The expiration would allow Major Junior level players to play in the American Hockey League.

Jury Selection Begins in Lawsuit Against Bob Murray for Alleged Bar Stool Throwing Incident - Anaheim Calling
Remember when the Ducks lost to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs? Rachel Paris sure does. She is alleging that Anaheim GM Bob Murray struck her in the back with a barstool in a fit of rage right after Dan Cleary ended their miserable playoff lives.

Let's Go Red Wings.

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