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Quick Hits: 9/23 Orpikgate

Although last night's hit on Johan Franzen from Brooks Orpik didn't result in a serious injury, it just added to the fire of the rivalry between the Red Wings and Penguins and made us take a walk down memory lane.

Red Wings news and notes:

Johan, The Kids and The Transitive Property: Rob shows his admiration for the Mulestache as well as the impact it will have on H2H2. [The Production Line]

Dear Brooks Orpik-You're Stupid: Drew tells you what he really thinks of Brooks Orpik's hit on Johan Franzen last night. Drew also brings up some good quotes from Red Wings coach Mike Babcock [Nightmare on Helm Street]

Narrowly Avoided Preseason Disaster: Featuring the Single Worst Act in the NHL: Jordan, that's a long title my brother. Anyway, Jordan voices his displeasure with the knee-on-knee hit and brings up ghosts of injuries of the past (Tanya Harding, Georges Laraque) and his general disdain for the play. [Eight Legged Freaks]

Know Thy Enemy: Phoenix Coyotes: Graham continues his team-by-team preview with the Phoenix Coyotes. Graham makes note of the Coyotes no longer having the element of surprise and losing players like Matthew Lombardi and Zbynek Michalek [The Hole in the Door]

2010-2011 Player Profiles: Jiri Hudler   Kris takes a brief look at Jiri Hudler in anticipation of the new season starting up soon. [SSDD]

Detroit Red Wings Season Preview, Part One: Offense : Ryan previews the Red Wings offense for the upcoming season. Ryan makes note of the third line (projected) pairings for the Red Wings and how all three sort of have something to prove following last season [SB Nation Detroit]

Around SB Nation:

Team Shooting Percentages and "Shot Quality" Talent: The always stupendous Gabe looks at the finer aspects of shooting percentages and the like. "Need more shoot" from better angles? Eh, maybe. [Behind the Net]

Tomas Vokoun and Confounding Factors: Again from Gabe, a look at a bit of a complex topic--Tomas Vokoun vs. his back-ups and the relationship between shooting percentage of the Panthers and the save percentage of the Panthers goalie in net. [Behind the Net]

Incredibly long title- SamFels previews the 2010-2011 Chicago Blackhawks and Dave Bolland's role on the altered roster of the 'Hawks. [Second City Hockey]

What Does The Money Tell Us-Forwards Edition: Scott examines the Oilers and their forwards compared to comparable forwards around the league at the same price range and production level. [The Copper & Blue]

Why not go with veteran try-out contracts?: Mike brings up a good point about veteran try-out contracts and how Owen Nolan is a vet that could benefit from one.  [From the Rink]