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'Sniper' Gustav Nyquist follows breakout NHL season with hot start for Detroit Red Wings | MLive.com
Two goals in two games so far for Nyquist. He is not going to score 82 goals this season, but, a 30+ goal season is certainly a possibility.

Book excerpt: Move from Chicago to Detroit rough for Chelios | Detroit Free Press
From Chelios: "I had famously said once in a television interview that I would never play for the Detroit Red Wings". Instead he played with the Wings for 10 seasons and won two Stanley Cups with us!

Pulkkinen's Goal, Assist Lead Grand Rapids Over Lake Erie | Grand Rapids Griffins
After losing their first game of the season, the Griffins were able to beat the Monsters by a score of 3-2 on Saturday. Mitch Callahan, Kevin Porter, and Teemu Pulkkinen scored the goals for the Griffins.

Mark Howe book excerpt: Growing up with Mr. Hockey | Detroit Free Press
Pretty interesting. Must have been quite the experience playing alongside his father.

NHL News

Jonas Brodin inks six-year, $25 million extension with Wild | Puck Daddy
Brodin's contract extension gives him a cap hit of $4,166,667 after this season.

Erik Johnson ejected for elbowing Eric Haula - SBNation.com
In case you needed another reason to dislike the Avalanche, here you go.

Maple Leafs Score 5 in 2nd Period, Rout Rangers | CBSSports.com
The Leafs looked pretty impressive against the Rangers. Let's hope they are less successful this weekend against the Red Wings!

Panthers kick off season with record-low attendance | ProHockeyTalk
11,419 people came to watch the Panthers' home opener. That is 1000 more people than what the Griffins' arena, Van Andel arena, can house.

AHL's Trevor Gillies slams player's head on ice | USA Today
This is just terrible. Gillies sent out an apology on Facebook. The interesting part is that his profile picture is Leonidas from the moving "300". Leonidas was a great, brave man and all, but he also killed dozens, or maybe even hundreds, of Persians. Just saying.

Ville Leino heads to Europe after signing with KHL's Medvescak Zagreb | Puck Daddy
It is kind of interesting that Leino would choose to play in Croatia instead of returning home to Finland. I guess this means that Zagreb will have to build a čekaonica in his name.

Coach's Corner: Cherry questions Leafs' drafting - Sportsnet.ca
Oh, Don. Let's just say that we'll have to agree to disagree. On a side-note, Tim Hortons does have the best coffee in North America, even better than Starbucks and Biggbys.

Six goalies who could get an NHL job this season | The Hockey News
There are still quite a few decent goaltenders available if a team needs an injury replacement. That said, not all of these netminders will play in the NHL this season. Most teams tend to look to their prospects to replace an injured goaltender rather than sign a new one.

Kadri on jersey tossing: ‘We don’t need fans like that’ | ProHockeyTalk
I do not know about Leafs' fans, but to me, jersey's are pretty expensive. I wouldn't want to throw mine on the ice, even if I was that livid towards my team.

Crosby puts to rest any debate about who's best - Sportsnet.ca
I am not a Crosby fan, and will probably never be. But, I do respect him as a hockey player. He is the best player in the league right now, and anyone who thinks otherwise is putting forth a losing argument. Well, that is, until Anthony Mantha and Connor McDavid begin dominating in the NHL.

Erik Karlsson lays out Ryan Callahan at center ice - SBNation.com
If only Karlsson played for the Red Wings...

Top 5 training camp contract battles (and how they ended) | The Hockey News
Outside of Kyle Turris, all of the players mentioned in this article performed really well after their contract dispute. I see no reason why Ryan Johansen will not be one of Columbus's best players this season.

Fly away: Montreal erases 3-0 deficit, beats Philly in shootout | ProHockeyTalk
The Flyers gave up a three goal lead in the third period. Question of the day: would you rather lose in that fashion, or lose like the Wings did against the Ducks on Saturday?

Let's Go Red Wings!