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Which team has the easiest NHL schedule in 2014-15? One study says Detroit Red Wings | MLive.com
In terms of travel, the Wings will have one of the easiest schedules in the NHL next season. Being more rested obviously helps on a game-by-game basis, but, at the end of the season, you are not going to miss the playoffs, or make them for that matter, as a result of your travel schedule.

Ilitches give $8.5M to Wayne State for high-tech surgery research | Crain's Detroit Business
The city of Detroit gave a lot to the Ilitches, it's only fair that they return the favor.

One Capitals columnist believes a Mike Green trade would yield Gustav Nyquist in return from Wings | The Malik Report
Nyquist for Mike Green? No thank you. Moving Tatar or Jurco is one thing, but, Nyquist is, second only to Mantha, "untouchable" on this team. That said, if trading Nyquist would bring back a higher return, that's a whole different story. But, trading him for Green would probably hurt the team more than it would help it.

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The World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2014 - Forbes
The Toronto Maple Leafs were the only NHL franchise to make the list at #26. Real Madrid holds the top spot, with Barcelona, Manchester United, the New York Yankees, and Dallas Cowboys rounding out the top-five.

Sharks, Demers avoid arbitration with two-year, $6.8M deal | ProHockeyTalk
Demers' deal gives him a $3.4 million cap hit over the two years. Does this deal affect DeKeyser's next contract? Potentially. Demers is a better player at the moment, but, this deal affirms DeKeyser's ability to command at least $2.5 million per season.

The Hater's Guide to the 2014 Offseason: Atlantic Division - On the Forecheck
You can hate the Wings' moves, but, you cannot hate the team. On the other hand, it is very easy to hate the Maple Leafs.

NHL Offseason Review: Central Division - CBSSports.com
Like last season, the Stars had a great offseason. Trading for Spezza and signing Hemsky were both really strong upgrades for the team. And, they signed Patrick Eaves.

Kane and Toews? Toews and Kane? Blackhawks glad to keep asking for next eight years | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If you had to build your team around one of these two players, who would you choose? I would take Toews ten times out of ten. He is a good player, probably the second best two-way player in the league, and is a good leader.

Report: Sabres, Ennis agree to five-year extension | ProHockeyTalk

Tyler Ennis's deal is worth $23 million over the course of the five years, giving him a $4.6 million cap hit. He was the Sabres' second highest scorer last season, behind only Cody Hodgson.

Five NHLers who need statement seasons: East - Sportsnet.ca
Niskanen and Oprik both need to prove that they are worth the contracts they were given. Same goes for Schneider.

Pressure to improve puts 2018 Korean Olympic hockey team in doubt | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If you want to avoid this problem, you can just allow the host nation to automatically be in the tournament. It is an easy fix to an awkward problem.

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