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Red Wings' Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl remain questionable coming out of Olympic break | MLive.com
Ryan Sproul was recalled by the Wings to make sure that they have enough defenseman in case Kindl can't practice today.

Franzen (concussion) optimistic about returning Wednesday | ProHockeyTalk
Mule, we need you back!

Wings divided on future of NHLers in Olympics | Windsor Star
From Tatar: "I don’t think the Olympics would be the same without NHL players".

Why I Soured On Olympic Hockey - Octopus Thrower
I guess from an American/Red Wings perspective, this may not have been the greatest of Olympics. But, I certainly haven't soured on Olympic Hockey. Bring on 2018!

Fournier Back In The Mix | Grand Rapids Griffins

Defenseman Gleason Fournier is back up with the Griffins.

Backman finds defensive rhythm in Sweden | Red Wings Central

A scouting report on Mattias Bäckman.

NHL News

NHL trade rumors: Rangers propose trade for Martin St. Louis, according to report - SBNation.com
As good as Ryan Callahan may be, I would be hesitant to do this trade if I was Yzerman.

Report: Canadiens offer Markov one-year, $6 million deal | ProHockeyTalk
Montreal needs to re-sign both Markov and Subban.

IOC's decision to ban Backstrom a shameful one - Sportsnet.ca
I totally agree. Although it seems that both sides committed their fair share of gaffes (including the Swedish team doctor), the way the whole thing was carried out by the IOC was disgraceful.

TradeCentre: Monday's reports from around the NHL | TSN
The latest trade rumors from around the NHL.

Post-Olympic Break Primer: Pacific Division | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Taking a look at the Pacific Division post-Olympics.

Lightning star Steven Stamkos is recovering from injury, but not ready yet to play in games - The Hockey News
Yep, in hindsight, Stamkos made the right decision by not going to the Olympics.

Krejci says Czechs ‘didn’t even know what we were doing’ at Olympics | ProHockeyTalk

I told you, they should have put Jakub Kindl on their roster.

Stadium Series: Ice down at Soldier Field for Pens-Hawks (photos) - CBSSports.com
I forgot that we had another outdoor game coming up.

Winter Olympics: The good, bad and ugly from the 2014 hockey tournament - SBNation.com
Calling USA's game against Finland ugly may be an understatement. From a U.S. perspective, it was utterly atrocious.

Olympic hockey remains great even if Sochi tournament wasn't - CBSSports.com
From my perspective, the Sochi tournament for ice hockey was a success.

Injuries and Impact: How will Sochi affect the NHL trade deadline? | ProHockeyTalk

Injuries have changed the situation for many teams, including the Red Wings.

Marois gets checked for neglecting to mention Canada in Olympics praise - The Hockey News
The Quebecois are getting feisty again.

Milan Hejduk officially announces retirement after 14 seasons with Avs - CBSSports.com
It is officially official.

ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers to play home games next season on roof of casino | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Only in Las Vegas...

Let's Go Red Wings!