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Red Wings News

Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk practices on a line, hopes to play Thursday; Jakub Kindl out for the weekend | MLive.com
This is great news!

Detroit council: Red Wings arena plan not perfect, but a good compromise | MLive.com
Slowly, but surely, the project is moving along.

Helene St. James: I made it to Sochi ... after a long, memorable trip | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
No need to fret, Helene has arrived in Sochi.

Detroit Red Wings odds of winning Stanley Cup continue to get longer with each passing month | MLive.com

The underdog takes it all.

Henrik Zetterberg has been a marvel as Red Wings captain | The Detroit News

Going back to the end of last season, Zetterberg has firmly cemented himself as the Wings captain, both on and off the ice.

Sergei Gonchar Could Cure Wings' Defensive Disorder | The Hockey Writers
As with anything, if the price is right, bring him aboard. The problem would ultimately be cap space. But, if the Wings are willing to move Quincey and another piece in exchange for Gonchar, it could work.

Vladimir Konstantinov’s Jersey Should Be Retired On Nicklas Lidstrom Night [BLOG] " CBS Detroit
Hmm...Interesting proposition. But, I won't happen. And, I am not sure that I want his number to be retired.

Jurco excited for Olympic opportunity | Windsor Star

Could these Olympic games be the beginning of a great international career for Tomas Jurco?

NHL News

A miracle put on ice: Four years after the 'Miracle on Ice', the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team never had a chance - SBNation.com
An outstanding longform on the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

Olympic odds: Canada front-runner for gold, Ovechkin front-runner for goals | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
We'll see about this. Heja Sverige!

Winter Olympics 2014: Steven Stamkos will not play for Canada - SBNation.com
Probably a good decision by Stamkos. No need to risk re-aggravating the injury.

Who should replace Stamkos with Team Canada? | Post-to-Post
It has to be either Claude Giroux or Martin St-Louis. Although, I am hoping that Stevie Y picks St-Louis.

Martin Erat named to Czech Olympic team | USA Today
Jiri Hudler was passed over yet again.

Who are the hottest goalies going into the Olympics? | ProHockeyTalk
Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals in 9 of his last 10 games. That's pretty good.

Ice, ice, baby: What to expect on the bigger Olympic hockey rink - SBNation.com

The size of the ice does have an impact. It's up to the players to adapt and take advantage of it.

Mendes: Why the Senators should hang onto Spezza | TSN
How can you possibly justify trading Spezza when you have already allowed Alfredsson to leave?

Murray’s talked with ‘couple of teams’ about Miller trade | ProHockeyTalk
Just because they are talking doesn't mean that anything will happen.

Winter Olympics: Hockey jerseys for all 12 nations - CBSSports.com
Here are the home and away jerseys for all 12 teams.

Winter Olympics 2014: Henrik Lundqvist on Sweden's chances, tournament fatigue - SBNation.com
I'd rate the Swede's chances as pretty good. As for tournament fatigue, it's worth it. The motivation from winning a gold medal generally outweighs the fatigue gained from playing in the games.

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

Video: Milbury on Ovechkin — ‘he’s just a one-dimensional player’ | ProHockeyTalk
I agree with Milbury. No one can deny Ovi's offensive ability. But, he is by no means a two-way player.

6 biggest busts in the NHL this season | For The Win
Surprisingly, neither Stephen Weiss nor Mikael Samuelsson made this list.

Justin Bieber crashes Atlanta hockey practice, skates in gold chains | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Just deport him already.

Trade: Sharks acquire Rau from Wild | ProHockeyTalk

The Sharks and Wild swap minor-league players.

NHL trade deadline: Will frenzy return or cap limit excitement? - CBSSports.com
While there are a lot of big names that might be moved, there is also a general lack of cap space in the NHL right now. It will be interesting to see how this trade deadline turns out.

The comfort of disappointment - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Great story about the pains of losing.

Sinking loonie threatens teams' bottom lines - Sportsnet.ca
Changes in the value of the Canadian dollar will affect the NHL.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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