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"Man, do I wish I had less work these days."
"Man, do I wish I had less work these days."
Bruce Bennett

Red Wings News

Howard's knee tweaked; Mrazek recalled, Henrik Zetterberg on LTIR | MLive
Howard will have an MRI Friday. Mrazek will back up Gustavsson for today's game in Tampa Bay. Zetterberg is not eligible to return until Dec. 28.

Weiss out again with groin injury | MLive
Here comes Sammy!

Panthers' plexiglass goof an unfortunate accident - Sun Sentinel
"It cracked, so with the refs rushing them, they hurriedly put up some new glass but didn’t have time to take some of the wrapper off." So you're saying we can blame the refs?

Alfredsson talks leadership and Datsyuk | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
George's filtering of a Dan Rosen feature highlighting Alfredsson's quotes about leadership on a new team and Datsyuk's work ethic.

Q & A with Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings | The Hockey Writers
"It’s great seeing/playing new teams, we’ve been playing the same teams for years and you know every guy on those teams. I wouldn’t say it gets old, but some nights you may lose focus a little bit." You're welcome for the cherry-picked quote to take out of context.

NHL News

Senators Jared Cowen suspended two games for illegal check on Zemgus Girgensons - Department of Player Safety News
Similar hit as on Datsyuk, only this time in open ice. So next time, remember to get concussed in the middle of the rink as opposed to the near the boards.

Lightning's Richard Panik suspended two games for boarding Karl Alzner - Department of Player Safety News
Push a player in the numbers into the boards? Sounds like a suspension to me.

No hearing for Riley Nash after boarding Corey Potter | ProHockeyTalk
Now I'm starting to wonder what's worth just the major and game misconduct and what's worth a suspension.

The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Outrage over hockey violence, Gary Bettman is a happy man, Darryl Sutter is awesome, and more! | ProHockeyTalk
Reading "Jason Brough" makes me think his name is "Ja-son Bro."

Blue Jackets D Nikita Nikitin sees no need to learn English -
I couldn't survive in Russia on what little Russian I know, so while I think he should still learn English, I'm impressed Nikitin has been able to manage so far.

Nash to face Columbus for first time since trade to New York | ProHockeyTalk
A lot of franchise faces have changed teams in the last few years.

NHL BOG told players adapting to Safety changes - - News
I guess I agree with David Poile that some stupid stuff is happening more rarely, but I don't think DPS is being as effective as it could be.

NHL BOG discuss expansion, Olympics, Heritage Classic - - News
Nothing imminent on expansion, Winnipeg will get an outdoor game at some point, and Olympics stuff.

‘Hawks announce 20-year naming rights deal for United Center | ProHockeyTalk
Wonder what the Red Wings' new arena's going to be called.

NHL scoring may be dropping, but excitement is way up | Post-to-Post
Not sure it's as exciting when you know your opponent gets a point for getting into overtime when you come back and tie the game.

Wild assign Dumba to Canadian junior team | ProHockeyTalk
Won't matter when the USA defends its gold medal.

Fraser: The inconsistency on calling goaltender interference | TSN
At least someone else sees our anger and frustration.

Revenue sharing could help small market teams | Sportsnet
I wonder what happens if the salary floor gets too high for smaller budget teams.