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Quick Hits: Ericsson Is Moving On Up (And no, sadly, it's not all the way up to the Leino Lounge)

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Howard's Not Just The 2nd Star Of The Week, He's An Elite Netminder | Nightmare on Helm Street
Jimmy Howard for Vezina.  If he remains at the high level of play he's at now, not only should Howard make the all-star team, but he should be a legit Vezina contender.

KuklasKorner : Abel to Yzerman : Jim Howard’s Getting Shafted And We Dig It
The Chief knows that Jimmy is getting shafted and he and the 19 dig it.

 

Hockeytown, No Limits

Jonathan Ericsson doesn't even care : Barry Melrose Rocks
He's looking at Kyle Quincey and wondering how the hell they're both making more than $3M. (JJ)

Jonathan Ericsson has opportunity to play with Nicklas Lidstrom on Red Wings' top defense pairing | MLive.com
Shitbox and The Perfect Human. That's what we like to call an odd couple. If anyone can save Ericsson from being a colossal failure, it's Lidstrom. Hopefully he won't have to worry so much about babysitting and can just play his perfect game as usual.

Mark Howe Thanks His Dad Video - NHL VideoCenter
Very classy moment by Mark Howe as he honored his father at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Serving someone else’s penalties " The Production Line - TP:60
We make Graham serve the penalties here at WIIM.

Miller time | Red Wings Front
Drew Miller and Jimmy Howard weigh in on the hot-button issue. (JJ)

 

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Answering the Bell Without a Tough Guy Ain’t Easy | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
The Red Wings don't have a tough guy, but I sure as hell bet if someone took a run at Jimmy like Milan Lucic did to Ryan Miller that someone -- Todd Bertuzzi, Justin Abdelkader, or anyone else -- would have gone after him.

Lucic goes on Boston radio, talks Miller hit: "The fans enjoyed it…it was entertaining for them." | ProHockeyTalk
While I don't think Lucic should've been suspended and if he was to be suspended it should have been for only one or two games, but come one man, you just look like a douche to everyone outside of Boston.  You stay classy, Milan.

Ryan Miller has a message for Milan Lucic - Nucks Misconduct
Ryan Miller has a message for Milan Lucic. Things are about to get nasty. Watch the video and follow the link to give it a thumb's up. Unless you're a Lucic-loving, puppy-hating bastard. (JJ)

Lesson Learned: A Brief Look at NHL Discipline - Hockey Wilderness
We made it to November before the Wheel of Justice came out of storage. More evidence of the mistake Shanahan made. (JJ)

The Avs name a captain - Mile High Hockey
Milan Hejduk is already hard at work writing his speech for when the Avalanche retire his number. (JJ)

Why is Scott Arniel still the coach? - The Cannon
He's got dirt on Howson. (JJ)

NOTE: All links with (JJ) next to the comments are J.J.'s comments.

 

DISCUSSION: Thanks to Ian White's diving heroics, Ericsson is now paired with Lidstrom, Stuart and Kronwall remain, and Kindl is now paired with Commodore.  If you were Mike Babcock and had awesome hair and the power to change the defensive lineup, which pairings would you go with?  And yes, Brendan Smith is an option...we'll ignore is suspension because this is a game of hypotheticals and we have that power.