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Red Wings News

Ex-Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski gives reality check on pro sports | Detroit Free Press
Interesting comments by Rafalski. Not everything is as rosy as it may appear.

Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader leads U.S. to victory over Germany in worlds - Detroit Red Wings - News

Captain Abby does have a ring to it...

An attempt at a position-adjusted look at the best Red Wings player this season | The Detroit Hustle

I do not really understand how these stats work, but they seem to indicate something.

NHL News

Reports: Trotz in Washington to talk to Caps | ProHockeyTalk
I've said it before, but I do not know if Trotz can handle the egos of some of Washington's players. Alex Ovechkin may be the prime example, but I don't think that Green and Bäckström are the easiest players to work with either.

Our long nightmare is over: hockey dad designs concussion-proof helmet | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is an interesting concept, and while it would never work at a professional level, it should be looked at in the youth leagues. But concussion's cannot, and will never be, fully prevented.

How are the Stanley Cup Playoffs ratings for NBC? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
So far so good for NBC's TV ratings.

Dustin Tokarski to get start for Canadiens again in Game 3 - CBSSports.com
The Canadiens elect not to switch their netminder.

Champions League returns to European hockey for 2014-15, but KHL teams absent - SBNation.com
This is a great step in the right direction. Obviously, including the KHL teams in the competition is a must for a successful tournament. But if they can base the tournament off of the UEFA Champions League, the IIHF has an opportunity to turn this into a big event. From a KHL perspective, this is the perfect competition to rival the NHL, if it is run correctly.

Blackhawks, Kings build for success in salary cap era | USA Today
In the salary cap era, teams are built around developing players through the draft. Both Chicago and LA have been able to do that successfully.

Canucks expected to name Benning GM Friday - Sportsnet.ca
Jim Benning is currently the Bruins assistant general manager.

Ryan Miller And The Myth Of The Savior Goalie | The Hockey Writers
More so than any other position, the ability of a goaltender to win a team a game depends more on his recent form than his skill. Being a goaltender involves more psychological factors than being a skater does.

NHL stats: No matter the method, don’t make snap judgements when evaluating players - SBNation.com

As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. The same goes for athletes.

Coyotes contact Tikhonov about possible NHL return | ProHockeyTalk
Viktor Tikhonov was the Coyotes' 1st-round pick in 2008. He left Phoenix in 2011.

Bruins keen on keeping Jarome Iginla after strong season - CBSSports.com
Iginla played really well for the Bruins, and if I was Iggy, I would want to return to Boston. He fits into their system, and he can provide some leadership among all of the immaturity.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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