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Will Ericsson answer the call? (Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE)
Will Ericsson answer the call? (Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE)

At the Joe

New era begins for Detroit Red Wings without Nicklas Lidstrom - - 30 in 30
It was Red Wings day over at in their 30 for 30 series. Life without Lidstrom begins whether we like it or not.

Several Wings must improve production to fill holes - - 30 in 30
Who's going to step up? How about J.J.'s favorite Jonathan Ericsson.

Detroit Red Wings thin on defense, but deep at forward - - 30 in 30
A potential depth chart for the Wings.

Healthy Helm makes Red Wings a dangerous club - - 30 in 30
Mike Babcock thinks Darren Helm is maybe the best No. 3 center in the NHL and a critical part of why the Wings can be a Cup contender this season.

Red Wings relying on Smith, forward prospects - - 30 in 30
I've said it for a long time here...Brendan Smith is going to win the Calder. How 'bout that for my bold predictions?

Around the NHL

Grange on NHL: Cloaked in compromise -
This is a fantastic read. If you're not sure why the league wouldn't take the players' deal, read this; it will explain why.

It’s okay that you don’t give a damn about the CBA negotiations | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Good read.

NHL CBA Negotiations: Cautious Optimism Gives Way to Realism and Bitterness - Hockey Wilderness
Some good details on what happened today.

Is trading salary cap space good or bad for the NHL? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
This might be more fun to talk about.

Woman testifies about Ducks GM Bob Murray’s alleged chair attack in Detroit press box | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The more details that come out of this case, the more we need to know.

Let's Go Red Wings.