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Red Wings' Tomas Tatar passes concussion tests but stays off ice as a precaution after taking knee to head | MLive.com
As they say, it is better to be safe than sorry. There is no need to play in a preseason game and risk worsening any potential injury that he may have.

Red Wings assign six, including Ryan Sproul and Mattias Backman, to Grand Rapids; roster down to 39 | MLive.com

The Wings have two more preseason games before the final cuts have to be made.

Bobby Orr, Red Kelly, Harry Howell, Doug Harvey on stamp for Canada Post | NHL.com
I love this quote from Kelly: "I dreamed about playing hockey, but I never dreamed I'd be on a postage stamp."

Pavel Datsyuk joins Red Wings on ice for practice; Darren Helm hoping to return this weekend | MLive.com

Babcock hopes that both Helm and Ericsson will play in the Wings' final two preseason games.

Many Detroit Red Wings prospects ready for break out seasons in 2014-15 - Hockey's Future
Anthony Mantha, regardless of where he plays, is going to have a great season. But, there are other prospects who may have good seasons as well.

Red Wings' young defensemen have impressed but are destined to start season in Grand Rapids | MLive.com
Do not worry. Sproul and Ouellet will receive plenty of playing time with the Wings this season as injuries inevitably begin to pile up.

NHL News

Stars, Dillon agree to one-year, $1.25M deal after ‘frustrating’ negotiations | ProHockeyTalk
Jim Nill has re-signed his RFA defenseman after what appear to be some really difficult negotiations.

Sens sign Ryan to seven-year, $50.75M extension; name Karlsson captain | TSN
Bobby Ryan has decided to stay in Ottawa for the next seven seasons. His $50.75 million extension gives him a cap hit of $7.25 million per season.

Coyotes owners selling already, to rejected Islanders bidder: Report | Puck Daddy
The Coyotes current ownership group are going to sell 51% of their team to Andrew Barroway, who tried to buy the Islanders this year.

Bobby Orr pegs Gordie Howe No. 1 all-time – calls game today ‘dangerous’ | The Hockey News
The second best defenseman of all-time made a good decision by choosing Howe ahead of Gretzky.

Senators name Erik Karlsson as ninth captain | ProHockeyTalk
People in Sweden have compared Karlsson to Lidström. While I cannot comment on that, I will say that the Senators made the right decision by giving Karlsson the captaincy.

Fan's guide to picking a team: Central Division - Sportsnet.ca
Again, I do not know why someone would want to pick a team from this division. Whatever you do, just do not pick the Avs.

Crosby tops TSN Hockey's Top 50 NHL players | TSN
Pavel Datsyuk was ranked 17th with Henrik Zetterberg finishing 27th. I was a little surprised that Niklas Kronwall did not make the top-50. I was also surprised that TSN only ranked Ovechkin 12th, one spot behind Giroux.

2014-15 NHL Season Preview: Central Division - CBSSports.com
The Blues will win the Central Division with the Blackhawks finishing in a very close second place. The Stars manage to finish third, while the Predators surprise everyone and finish fourth in the division, and also grab the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference. The Wild, Avalanche, and Jets finish fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively.

Top 50 players in the NHL: 50-41 | The Hockey News
The Hockey News' is also doing a top-50 players in the NHL feature. No Wings' players included on the list so far.

Drayson Bowman released, wait... SIGNED by the Canadiens - Eyes On The Prize
The Canadiens have signed Drayson Bowman, who had previously signed a PTO with the team.

Top candidates for NHL’s Norris Trophy | Q
Duncan Keith, P.K. Subban, and Erik Karlsson are my three Norris candidates for the season. That is assuming, of course, that Kronwall does not have a career year. Then my allegiance will shift.

NHL Fantasy Hockey: The impact of linemates | Puck Daddy
Linemates have a huge impact on player production. Just take a look at Justin Abdelkader when he was playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk.

PHOTOS: Dallas Stars' video board trolls opposing fans with live memes - CBSSports.com
This is a great idea. The Joe would never implement it, but Van Andel maybe?

Let's Go Red Wings!