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Mike Babcock will need to really earn his paycheck this season.

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Top prospect Brendan Smith heads for Detroit - 'I'm very ready for this' |
The future face of the franchise.

Wings' Eaves still feeling concussion symptoms
This is sad. I really hope Patrick Eaves can recover and simply enjoy living regardless if he ever plays in the NHL again.

Red Wings’ Ian White: `There’s been a lot of damage for sure’ - The Macomb Daily
Stop talking please.

Red Wings will wait until next season to retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey in ceremony |
There's your answer, J.J.

Duff: Wings coach Babcock back on the job | Windsor Star
As nervous as I am about this season and the Red Wings' roster, it's calming knowing that Mike Babcock is behind the bench. He's still one of the best coaches in the game and will adapt to get the most out of the roster he has.

Around the NHL

Lockout damage will take a long time to fix - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
We'll be back. We're all sheep.

30 Thoughts: How the shortened NHL season could work | Hockey | CBC Sports
The first -- and worst -- big NHL story of 2013 is over and done with: the end of the lockout. Now it's time for the league to figure out the logistics of a shortened season, and to make a real effort to reconnect with its fans.

Saying Good-bye to the 10 Horrible People We Met During the NHL Lockout - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The NHL lockout is finally, mercifully over. And the agreement couldn’t have come soon enough for the league, given that losing another full sea

How badly will the lockout really hurt the NHL? Maybe not much - Yahoo! Sports
You love the NHL, and the owners and players love you for it. For a change, they will make a point of telling you. Love means never having to say you're sorry, but of course, saying you're sorry is smart.

Nationalized Hockey League: Why the U.S. government should take over the NHL - Battle of California
Why the U.S. government should take over the NHL

Trees for goals is now a thing because Andrew Ference is excellent - Stanley Cup of Chowder
#TreesForGoals is now a thing. This is pretty fantastic.

Is the return of the Quebec Nordiques imminent? - Eyes On The Prize
Sooner or later, the Nordiques will be back. What does that rivalry mean?

New CBA doesn't hurt Roberto Luongo | Hockey | CBC Sports
Since the various reports of a Roberto Luongo trade to Toronto aren't already insane enough. . . let's throw some gasoline on the fire!

Home-Bound Isles-a-Phobe: 'New York Islander' Lubomir Visnovsky prefers KHL Slovan Bratislava, thanks - Lighthouse Hockey
After an arbitration case, some hometown playing and a good ol' NHL lockout, Lubomir Visnovsky still isn't coming to the New York Islanders.

Is Canadian hockey in decline? - Eyes On The Prize
There has been much fuss made about Canada not winning gold for 4 straight years, but are we freaking out for good reason?

Let's Go Red Wings.