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Mike Ilitch's hockey team might be locked out, but his baseball team is thriving. Stick tap to Detroit Tigers for winning their 2nd consecutive A.L. Central title. First time they've reached the postseason in back-to-back seasons since 1934-35. Crazy.

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At the Joe

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock kept from bench so he takes to the seats |
Hopefully he watches Gustav Nyquist very carefully and agrees with the rest of us that he's a top six forward.

No Red Wings, no NHL so Griffins open Jeff Blashill era with familiar faces |
At least we've got the Griffins to look forward to. That's something at least.

Wings know canceling regular-season games a real possibility | The Detroit News |
It's a real possibility that is going to happen later this week.

Devellano’s costly, controversial "cattle" interview started on Facebook | ProHockeyTalk
In a related story, Jim Devellano is on Facebook.

Prospects impress Wings' brass in OHL - Detroit Red Wings - News
Really curious to see how well Ryan Sproul and fellow 2011 draftmate Xavier Ouellet can develop over the next few years.

Pavel Datsyuk: The only guy left we all agree on? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Pavel is greatness. You know it. I know it. Long live Pavel.

Around the NHL

Leafs in Wonderland | The LeafsNation
"I owe it all to the internet," Burke said. "I began searching through things like blogs and Twitter and they all had some really great ideas for how to make the team better. I looked at the trade proposals from the fans and trade rumor websites and thought "Gee, those are some swell ideas!' and I just went out, made some moves, and we won. Easy as that."

Ryan Kesler's Return Date Pushed To January - Nucks Misconduct
Canucks ownership push their end-of-lockout date to after December.

Brent Burns and the Dragon Lizards - Battle of California
The heartwarming tale of a boy and his dragons, as illustrated by blog reader meetyourmako.

Anaheim Calling's Hate Week: LA? San Jose? Whatever... I HATE DETROIT! - Anaheim Calling
Ducks fans hate our team as much as we hate theirs. I enjoy this.

2012 NHL Lockout: HRR is on the Agenda For Tuesday; Likelihood of a Full Season Slipping Away - Blueshirt Banter
After talking about non-economic related issues over the weekend, the NHL and NHLPA will discuss Hockey Related Revenue on Tuesday.

Two US Senators call for an end to NHL lockout | ProHockeyTalk
"Businesses, workers and hockey fans played no role in causing this dispute, and it is unfair for them to have to bear this burden."

Krys Barch is not doing himself any favours with NHL lockout comments | NHL | Sports | National Post
Barch is richer than you are, so he should shut up about people who are richer than he is.

Let's Go Red Wings & Tigers.