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The Malik Report : Sunday afternoon Red Wings tidbits: Cole to the principal’s office, more Winter Classic talk, etc.
George Malik has every tidbit from around Red Wings' nation from the weekend.

Pavel Datsyuk | Tumblr - NHL Players as Kids
I bet he stole so many cookies.

KuklasKorner : Abel to Yzerman : Frame It
You've got to see this picture.

7th Round Pick: Helm
Nice writeup on Darren Helm and his status as fan-favorite in Detroit from 7th Round Pick.

The Scrappy Octopus: I'm Not Making Any Promises
Great post wrapping up things from Zac at The Scrappy Octopus. Everything from the Bertuzzi reputation calls to the Mule commercial. Great read.

Lookout NHL, Detroit may have another draft steal | Nightmare on Helm Street
Enough time has passed since Mrazek helped the Czechs beat Team USA at the WJC that I'm actually very happy for him as a Red Wings prospect. Kid's got the fire.

New Year brings renewed dreams of Red Wings hosting Winter Classic | Detroit Free Press |
The Red Wings are off this New Year's Day, the result of playing back-to-back the previous nights. A year from now, they may be playing outdoors, hosting the Winter Classic. Three years after taking on the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Wings are talking about and hoping to get the annual NHL outdoor game in their backyard, be it Comerica Park or Michigan Stadium.

To mic or not to mic, that is the question | Red Wings Front
Mike Commodore says he doesn't like being mic'd up for games because it makes him uncomfortable. His activities on Twitter this season would indicate that he's not quite uncomfortable having people listen to him, but it's a different monster when you've got no filter.

Around the League

NHL investigating Krys Barch’s alleged racial slur | ProHockeyTalk
Krys Barch is a lovely human being.

Annoyed Canucks captain: "We’re as tough as anyone else" | ProHockeyTalk
Stop calling the Canucks soft, it makes their soft captain sad.

Ilya Bryzgalov announces he’s not starting Winter Classic - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
... in exactly the way you'd expect Bryzgalov to make such an announcement.

Winter Classic will start at 3 p.m., not 1 p.m. - Broad Street Hockey
Even the weather in Philly is disagreeable.

New Year's Surprise: Habs Sign Gorges to 6 Year Extension - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Big signing announced out of Montreal this weekend as Josh Gorges gets an average of $3.9M over six seasons. Not a bad deal for the Habs.

Holiday Celebrations and Dirty Hits: Raffi Torres to Face Suspension for Hit on Nate Prosser - Hockey Wilderness
Raffi Torres isn't part of the "Hit whichever Minnesota Wild Player you want and you won't be punished" rule. Good, that guy's a fuck.

Predators 5, Flames 3: Hats Off To Sergei - On the Forecheck
Just one game in the NHL on Sunday and it featured a division rival. Sergei Kostitsyn netted three goals and the Preds embarrassed the Flames 5-3.

The fellas at Hockeenight showed me this site where you get a randomized bingo card of Eddie Olczyk cliches. Next time you're forced to suffer through a Versus (or NBC Sports, rather) broadcast with him, hit this site and play along.

Hockeenight: Puckcast
Speaking of Hockeenight, I was on their podcast last night discussing all things Wings/Hawks and getting ready for our meetup with them this coming Saturday. Good folks, even if their taste in hockey teams leaves something to be desired.

Question of the day: Are you watching the Winter Classic? Who are you rooting for?