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Oh my gawd, King! DDT by Doan!  What a slobberknocker! (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Oh my gawd, King! DDT by Doan! What a slobberknocker! (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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'I'm going to miss him' - Detroit Red Wings - News
It's been a year since the tragic Lokomotiv plane crash. A touching story about Mark Howe losing his best friend from hockey, Brad McCrimmon.

R.I.P McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei, Stefan Liv and all the others we lost one year ago.

Lockout or not, Wings prepare for hockey | Fox Sports Detroit
Great to see a lot of the team skating together. I don't think this lockout is really going to hit me until training camp is delayed and/or canceled. We can all try to mentally prepare as much as we want, but, man, it's going to feel like a ton of bricks crashing down on us when September 15 gets here.

Around the NHL

Shane Doan: Deal in place with Coyotes, waiting on lease agreement to go through | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I think TPL summed this up pretty nicely right here.

NHLPA gives players lockout preparation memo – USATODAY.com
"How Does a Lockout Affect Me?" answers questions about injuries, bonuses, playing elsewhere.

Charges brought against former airline executive in Lokomotiv crash | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
On Thursday came news that Vadim Timofeev, the former vice president of Yak Service Airlines, the airline that supplied the downed plane, was charged in connection with the crash. Timofeev is charged with allowing the crew to operate the Yak-42 illegally.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst team, period, according to ESPN The Magazine | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Womp womp

Bobby Ryan regrets voicing Flyers' trade wish - Broad Street Hockey
Bobby Ryan said in June that he wanted to be traded to the Flyers, but now that he's back at the Ducks' training facility in Anaheim, he's walking back and apologizing for that statement.

NHL Players Challenge Swedish Leagues Ban On Short Term Contracts For NHL Players, Brief CBA Update - Defending Big D
Examining the Swedish Leagues decision to block short term contracts for NHL players and the arguments arising from this. Also brief CBA updates.

Let's Go Red Wings.