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If you want to win the all-star game...pick Pavel (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
If you want to win the all-star game...pick Pavel (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Hockeytown, No Limits

Kessel, Datsyuk backed as first All-Star pick – USATODAY.com
You would be stupid not to pick Datsyuk first overall.

Ty Conklin embraces role as Wings' backup goaltender | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
I'm glad Conklin embraces the role in which he was signed for and the role in which he has played all of his career. Good job. Now keep playing well so the Wings don't drive Jimmy into the ground.

Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler's touch back after forgettable season | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
I'm happy that Hudler is playing well. The Wings need him to play well. They need him to play well to help the team and to help his trade value.

Travels With Nick: Why Tick Tock Kenny Holland Might Be Under The Gun | Abel to Yzerman
Good discussion about the Wings and the trade prospects.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings-Coyotes set-up and overnight report: these aren’t the Yotes we’re looking for
News and notes regarding tonight's game against the Coyotes.

Backman’s two-way play leaves big impression | Red Wings Central
Another late round steal for the Wings?

Around the NHL

Rabbit Season as Anaheim Ducks Steamroll Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 - Five For Howling
Tonight's opponent, the Coyotes, fell last night in Anaheim to the Ducks. Hopefully, the Duck's thug tactics wore out the Yotes a bit.

Blues Sign Elliott to Two-Year Extension - St Louis Blues - News
Brian Elliott tripled his salary with his play through 25 games this season.

Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson, Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara named All-Star captains - ESPN
Does Don Cherry know both All-Star captains are European?

Weber wants to stay in Nashville "if we can keep guys around" | ProHockeyTalk
And by "guys," he probably means Ryan Suter.

Gary Bettman discusses realignment, labor talks | ProHockeyTalk
Let;s hope the labor talks go better with the player's union that realignment did.