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Quick Hits: From Russia With Love

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Hockeytown, No Limits

Red Wings, Maple Leafs to be featured on Season 3 of "HBO 24/7: Road To The NHL Winter Classic" |
This will probably be the greatest television experience ever. I. Can't. Wait.

Wings coach Mike Babcock: "You shouldn’t have to travel to another country to play hockey. It’s not something that I’d like to be standard for our team." | Red Wings Front
Well said, Uncle Mike. The only hockey the Red Wings should be playing right now is Stanley Cup playoff hockey.

Americans top Swedes 3-2 in Worlds tune-up - 2012 IIHF World Championship
It might just be exhibition, but Jimmy Howard has some bragging rights at the moment over all the Swedes in his dressing room.

Red Wings look to prospects for help | The Detroit News |
The Wings want prospects to help? Hmmm...maybe if they would actually give them ice time and put them on the proper lines to succeed the help would be there.

Defensemen, Goaltenders Should Be Detroit Red Wings' Draft Priorities
Once Brendan Smith plays in the NHL full time next year the Wings' top prospects on the blue line are Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul. Both could be solid defensemen in 5 years.

Around the NHL

NHL playoff's 2012: Russian enigmas still prove puzzling | Sports | National Post
It has been a tumultuous Russian spring in the NHL, for an array of different reasons. But it may not just be a Russian problem, precisely.

In the battle of David Booth vs. black bear, David Booth wins (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Ilya Bryzgalov is David Booth's biggest fan.

Flyers vs. Devils, ECSF Game 2 recap: Ilya Bryzgalov can't stop them all, guys - Broad Street Hockey
Come on, Philly! Knock Zach Parise out of the playoffs asap, please.

Darren Dreger: Penguins might want to trade Malkin instead of Staal if necessary | ProHockeyTalk
Hey Shero...Kenny will trade you Hudler and a we have a deal?

Canadiens to name Bergevin new GM -
The Habs have a new GM.

Let's Go Red Wings.