Quick Hits: Smith is No. 1

Brendan giving Hank a fist bump of approval for his tasty balls (Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE).

At the Joe

Brendan Smith tops solid group of Detroit Red Wings prospects - Hockey's Future
Of course he does.

Henrik Zetterberg Hopes To Make Your Mouth Water " CBS Detroit
Who doesn't love some nice, delicious balls?

Ex-Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov would like to play hockey, but has 'moved on' | Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
I look forward to him playing hockey at the alumni game. I plan to wear my #91 sweater to that game.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings overnight report: on ‘pro camps,’ lockout talk and the inevitable Mule
George wraps up all the other news of the day including a look a Johan Franzen's numbers and Kyle Quincey's opportunity to step up this season.

Around the NHL

Chatting with Ilya Kovalchuk about NHL lockout, players going to Russia and his contract’s impact on CBA | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Chesnokov interviews are always good material.

Campbell: NHLers want to "embarrass" divers, distribute list league wide | ProHockeyTalk
I approve of this idea wholeheartedly.

Taylor Hall Agrees To A Seven Year Extension - The Copper & Blue
Taylor Hall got paid.

A Petition From A Hockey Fan In Regards To A Potential Lockout - Nucks Misconduct
I get the frustration because I feel it too. If you're ready to commit to the action of boycotting, then here's the petition to sign.

The Trials And Redemption Of Mike Danton - St. Louis Game Time
Former St. Louis Blue Mike Danton is working on getting his life back on track after a 2004 conspiracy to commit murder conviction. He's finding roadblocks at every stage, though, most recent of which was having his visa to Great Britain denied.

Braving the Beer League- Forward Momentum " Not Another Hockey Blog
An interesting post about a guy playing rec league hockey who had never played before the age of 24.

Let's Go Red WIngs.

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