Quick Hits: Zenon Konopka Suspended 20 Games

Yes, that is Ian White. - Tom Szczerbowski

Red Wings News

Fit To Be Tied | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins have tied up their series with the Texas Stars. Game 5 is tonight in Grand Rapids.

Three Former Detroit Red Wings Will Be Inducted In The IIHF's Hall Of Fame - Octopus Thrower
Nicklas Lidström, Steve Yzerman, and Ruslan Salei will all be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

Anthony Mantha has what it takes to be the next great Red Wing | The Detroit News
Anthony Mantha certainly has the potential to be one of the best Wings of all time. But not everyone with great potential ends up panning out.

NHL News

NHL suspends Zenon Konopka 20 games for using performance enhancer | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Konopka is a pending UFA, which hurts his chances of playing next season. He may have to play a year in the AHL before returning to the NHL. Konopka is 33 years old.

Report: Tortorella wanted Burrows bought out, never spoke to AHL coach | ProHockeyTalk
How can you not talk to your AHL coach? I mean, how arrogant can you be? Then again, we are talking about John Tortorella.

Malkin set to join Russia at world championship - Sportsnet.ca
Russia is receiving a huge reinforcement to their World Championship squad.

Report: Mike Yeo expected to have new deal to remain Wild coach - CBSSports.com
While people have been calling for Yeo to leave the Wild, his success in the playoffs with them this year certainly helped his case for returning.

Sharks GM says Havlat, Boyle won't be back; Burns back to D | TSN
Marty Havlat has struggled to produce for the Sharks recently. The Wings should not be interested in him.

Video: Latvia upsets USA at World Championship | ProHockeyTalk
Not a great game by the Americans to say the least.

Milan Lucic may have threatened Canadiens players during handshakes - SBNation.com

It is one thing to play a chippy style of hockey. It is a whole other thing to say that you are going to kill someone. I do not know if this is within the league's jurisdiction, but if it is, I would suspend Lucic for a few games to start the next season.

Rangers will attend St. Louis’ mother’s funeral Sunday | ProHockeyTalk
Nice, classy move by the Rangers organization. Regardless of what you may think of him, this is a tough time for Martin St. Louis.

Why Pittsburgh must learn from Boston’s big mistake | Post-to-Post
I agree with this article. Trading Malkin, assuming that the return is not phenomenal, can only have adverse effects on the Penguins going forward. It is not like the Penguins are a bad team, they do not need to re-build. They simply need to retool.

Toews surges ahead of Crosby, for now - Sportsnet.ca
I still believe that Sidney Crosby is probably the most skilled player in hockey right now. But if I had to build a team around one player, cases can be made in favor of Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos.

Previewing the NHL's Eastern Conference final | USA Today
While I will be rooting for the Canadiens in the final, any team with Henrik Lundqvist in net will be a tough one to beat. But I think that the Canadiens have an overall better team, and I do expect them to win this series.

P.K. Subban gives Pierre McGuire a kiss on the cheek - SBNation.com

Subban appears to be one of the few people in the world who appreciate McGuire's work.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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