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Al Bello

Red Wings News

Not a lot on the Wings front yesterday. Hopefully things begin to pick up again soon!

ESPN.com mock draft has Red Wings taking U.S. National team forward Sonny Milano at No. 15 | MLive.com
I honestly doubt the Wings remain at #15, but if they do, Milano seems like a solid option. At least on paper. On another note, what is your opinion of U.S. developed players vs. Canadian developed players? Should the Wings go one route over the other?

NHL News

Will Dan Bylsma become next Florida Panthers head coach? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

From a Panthers perspective, hiring Dan Byslma is one of the best moves the team could possibly make.

Tomas Vokoun '100 percent committed' to NHL return next season - CBSSports.com
Vokoun missed the entire season this year due to a blood clot in his leg which he suffered during the preseason.

Rangers sign Czech defenseman Zamorsky to two-year deal | ProHockeyTalk
Petr Zamorsky is 21 years old and has been playing for HC Zlin in the Czech Extraliga.

NHL Off-Season Watch: Tuesday's reports from around the NHL | TSN
Some of the latest trade rumors from around the NHL.

Joe Thornton would accept a trade if "the fans didn’t want him in San Jose" | Post-to-Post

If the Sharks are committing to a rebuild, trading Thornton makes a lot of sense. The return will be fairly large, and relieving yourself of his contract gives you more room to work going forward.

Kings say they're better prepared to clinch this time | USA Today
I know that nothing is ever a given, but at this point, the Kings have to win the Cup.

PHT Extra: Who should win the Conn Smythe Trophy? | ProHockeyTalk
At this point the obvious choice has to be Drew Doughty.

Blackhawks sign Swedish forward Rasmussen - Sportsnet.ca
Dennis Rasmussen scored 40 points in 52 games for Växjö in the SEL.

New York's Stanley Cup dream is dying by the hands of Lady Luck - SBNation.com

I do not think that luck is the pure determinant of a series. Sure, you can blame the other team for scoring a last minute goal to win the game. But then why did you not score earlier?

Rule Changes the NHL Should Stop Ignoring | The Hockey Writers
Here are some of the potential rule changes that may occur next year, and whether they are good or not.

What does $20M get? For the Rangers, one point in the Stanley Cup Final | ProHockeyTalk
During the first three games of the final, Nash, Richards, and St. Louis have collectively scored one point, which was a goal by St. Louis.

Let's Go Red Wings!