Quick Hits: Tatar Wins Play Of The Year

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Red Wings News

Tomas Tatar wins Play of the Year Showdown over Red Wings teammate Gustav Nyquist | MLive.com
Congrats Tatar! And to believe that he was on the verge of heading over to the KHL if the Wings did not play him full-time.

Red Wings overnight report: a Tatar tidbit; Lidstrom and Fetisov, hockey execs | The Malik Report
Tatar said in an interview with a Slovakian newspaper that he is not worried about his upcoming contract situation. Which is great to hear, because it really would be a shame if he decided to jump across the pond now.

The Detroit Red Wings' Line of the Future? - Octopus Thrower

Having Anthony Mantha and Teemu Pulkkinen on the same line would certainly be intriguing.

NHL News

Spezza gives list of 10 teams he won’t accept a trade | ProHockeyTalk
If the Wings did not have Weiss and Sheahan, and Legwand for that matter, I would not mind the Wings signing Spezza. But, there is simply no room for him on our team.

LA Kings not concerned with Rangers’ Stanley Cup Final rally | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I would not call the Rangers one win a "rally". That said, you never want to count them out either. The Kings have to make sure that they are not too comfortable in their position. A 3-1 lead can easily turn into a 3-3 tie if you are not focused.

Oilers sign centre Steve Pinizzotto to one-year deal - The Hockey News
Pinizzotto only played six games with the Oilers last season. He spent the majority of the season in the AHL.

Jets' Kane says man suing him was attacker - Sportsnet.ca
Evander Kane claims he was acting in self-defense when he punched a Vancouver man three times last August.

Penguins make Jason Karmanos VP of Hockey Operations | ProHockeyTalk
Karmanos was the assistant GM of the Carolina Hurricanes, before being fired last September.

Insider Trading: The futures of Spezza, Lecavalier, and more | TSN
To anyone suggesting Weber as a trade target, Poile had this to say: "I am never trading Shea Weber." Never.

Nothing goes easily for the Kings this postseason | USA Today
Unlike 2012, when they steamrolled past everyone, the Kings have struggled to make it this far. But, they are certainly a good enough team. Luck may have helped them along the road, but their talent has brought them to the Cup.

Sabres still mulling Leino buyout | ProHockeyTalk
I know that it is not fun to be bought out, but still, you are making quite a bit of money in the process.

The Kings were THIS CLOSE to tying the game AGAIN - SBNation.com

The Kings or Rangers will not win the Cup this year, the ice will.

Comparing NHL teams to World Cup countries | The Hockey Writers
This is surprising accurate actually. The Maple Leafs and England are identical twins, and the Avalanche - United States' comparison makes a lot of sense as well.

Devils’ Larsson plans to re-sign in New Jersey | ProHockeyTalk
When Larsson was drafted I remember a lot of the Swedish media comparing him to Lidström. So far Larsson has not exactly lived up to that prediction.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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