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Quick Hits: Counting on Smith

The Red Wings are finally going to have to depend on their youth to help out.

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Red Wings News

Red Wings counting on defenseman Brendan Smith - The Macomb Daily
He'll come through for them.

Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg on Damien Brunner: He's a goal-scorer, but has more qualities |
Damien Brunner clearly hit the jackpot. It's not everyday you get to make your NHL debut and start playing with Zetterberg and Datsyuk on your line.

Filppula expects to be ready for season - Detroit Red Wings - News
It's a big year for Flip. He better be ready.

Around the NHL

Who is left as an unsigned free agent? - The Globe and Mail
Potential defenseman available if the Wings seek some veteran help with Carlo Colaiacovo out.

What Went Wrong for Brian Burke? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Sean McIndoe usually writes hilarious stuff as Down Goes Brown. For Grantland, he wrote a seriously great take on what happened with Brian Burke in Toronto.

Roberto Luongo and the Saga of Speculation - Nucks Misconduct
A mad scramble of rumours and hearsay, today will likely go down as a turning point in the Roberto Luongo saga.

Jaromir Jagr, Welcome To Dallas - Defending Big D
Raise your hand if you forgot Jaromir Jagr signed with Dallas.

Uncle Joey Reflects on California Hockey - Battle of California
It's been a while since we've talked California hockey around here, so here's Uncle Joey to remind us all about it.

Can NHL rebound from lockout with fans, television audiences? -
Sports media experts give their thoughts on the lockout, and how to improve the NHL on television.

Alex Ovechkin’s bizarre new Gillette commercial features shaving, absurdity (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

Avs’ O’Reilly remains in KHL as he awaits new contract | ProHockeyTalk
Wouldn't it be great if O'Reilly ends up stuck in the KHL?

Let's Go Red Wings.