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Report: Franzen (concussion) to miss Olympics | ProHockeyTalk
The only mildly positive thing about this is that Gustav Nyquist may be his replacement for Team Sweden.

PHOTOS: Jimmy Howard's USA mask will feature huge eagle on top - CBSSports.com
Best mask by far.

Detroit Red Wings to play outdoors again next season? One hockey writer thinks it could happen | MLive.com
Now this I would not mind.

Rapping Red Wings: Uninspiring Effort Leaves Concerns About Detroit’s Mental State | The Detroit Sports Site |

What is the current state of the Red Wings?

While coaching peers come and go, Red Wings' Mike Babcock carries on | The Detroit News

And I wouldn't mind Babcock remaining for the foreseeable future.

NHL News

Avs sign Varlamov to five-year, $29.5 million extension | ProHockeyTalk
So much for assault charges.

Ben Scrivens sets NHL record for most saves in a shutout with 59 - SBNation.com
Congrats to Scrivens.

Varlamov contract extension shows NHL teams still overvalue goaltending | Post-to-Post
I don't mind the cap hit ($5.9 million AAV) as much as I dislike the term. Giving a goaltender anything over 3 years is risky. Of any hockey player, netminders have the shortest shelf life.

Who could come to the rescue if there’s a Team USA injury? | For The Win
Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser.

Ben Bishop, Vezina Trophy frontrunner | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Jimmy For Vezina Gustavsson For Vezina.

Dallas in ‘early stages of talks and planning’ for game at Cowboys Stadium | ProHockeyTalk
Of course. Jerry couldn't afford to pass up a financial opportunity like this one.

Your Call: What should Oilers do with suddenly-hot Scrivens? | TSN
Should the Oilers re-sign him or should they trade him?

Pekka Rinne's absence makes clear the value of good goaltending - CBSSports.com
Nashville has struggled tremendously without Rinne.

Wayne Gretzky the fifth-most athletic American, according to Teens Digest | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I am assuming that they are referring to "American" as both the U.S. and Canada, because Gretzky is Canadian. Also, Shaun White was #3 on the list. I can think of dozens of athletes who are more athletic than he is. You can check out the whole list here.

Steen riding five-game point streak, but still ‘expecting more of myself’ | ProHockeyTalk
Now if he can just carry that streak into the Olympics...

TradeCentre: Thursday's reports from around the NHL | TSN
The latest trade rumors from around the NHL.

Hurricanes assign G Cam Ward to AHL affiliate for conditioning stint after missing 13 games - The Hockey News
Ward has been dealing with a lower-body injury.

For 50,000 at Yankee Stadium, NHL's outdoor games far from out-of-style - SBNation.com
I just don't want it to become something that is too commonplace.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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