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Quick Hits: Remembering The Mule

No, he's not dead, but are his dominant goal scoring days over? (Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)
No, he's not dead, but are his dominant goal scoring days over? (Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

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Red Wings need Kyle Quincey to step up this season | Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press |
If Quincey is ever going to turn back into that 38 point scorer from a few years back, well, this season will be the time to do it. Red Wings need help more than ever on the blue line.

Goal Analysis: Johan Franzen's 2008 Playoff Saving OT Goal | Octopus Thrower
So I just re-watched the 2008 championship DVD the other day. Holy crap was Johan Franzen an unstoppable beast. Seriously, I still don't think I can remember anyone going on quite the tear like he did from the final month of the regular season and throughout the playoffs. The Wings don't win the Cup without the Mule. Also, "Stupid Samuelsson." Well done.

Red Wings 'Ask Ansar' questions: Looming lockout would have ramifications in many areas |
It's our favorite segment of the week, ladies and gentlemen. Sadly, Killbuttman did not submit any questions.

Around the NHL

All Bets Are Off: The Five Most Overrated NHL Teams | The Hockey Writers
Not really sure how the Red Wings are the most overrated team. Pretty sure most hockey people (including ourselves here at WIIM) think this season could be slightly terrifying and the chances Detroit slips are more likely now than ever.

Lockout would impact more than just owners, players, and fans | ProHockeyTalk
Tens of thousands of workers will be directly affected financially.

A Proposed CBA Solution - The Copper & Blue
Here's a proposed solution that, while I think has its faults, is better than a lot of what I've seen.

Coming to Terms with Arron Asham Being a Ranger - Blueshirt Banter
An opinion-piece about coming to terms with one of the offseason additions of the New York Rangers, Arron Asham.

Watch an opponent go ballistic on Jarkko Ruutu, leading to cheapshot, Finnish league chaos (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Jarkko Ruutu is a shit and he's good at it. Long story short, his behavior created goofiness in the Finnish Elite League and Ilari Filppula (Valtteri's brother and Grand Rapids Griffin for one year) ended up getting attacked because of it.

Elisha Cuthbert Engaged to Dion Phaneuf: All the Details! -
Elisha Cuthbert and Dion Phaneuf are getting married. No details about any kind of a prenup, but she might want to have him sign one so he doesn't end up with half of her eyebrows (since he's not bringing any to the marriage).

Let's Go Red Wings.