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Red Wings News

Red Wings outlook: Should Justin Abdelkader play on a top line or be moved to a checking unit? | MLive.com
This is an interesting debate. Personally, I would prefer to play Abdelkader as a checking player. He may be able to play on the top-line, but he is not a #1 winger. Sure, he is serviceable in that position, but, he is far from ideal.

NHL breakout players in 2014-15: East - Sportsnet.ca
The article points out Riley Sheahan as one of the potential breakout players for next season. I hope that he takes the next step, but I wonder how much ice team he will actually get. With Weiss hopefully healthy, the Wings have more centers than they can ice, which will lead to some interesting competition. Also, Alex Galchenyuk is going to be a star one day, it is just a matter of time.

Scotty Bowman Is Still The Greatest Coach In Detroit Red Wings' History - Octopus Thrower

For now, Bowman is the best. But, a couple more years, and a couple more Cups, from Babcock and we may need to re-evaluate this statement.

NHL News

Crosby, Stamkos lead pack in NHL 15 player rankings | ProHockeyTalk
For NHL 14, Crosby and Datsyuk tied for a top-rating of a "95". For NHL 15, Crosby starts off as a 96, while Datsyuk dropped two points to an 93.

Westhead: NHL loses key decision in TV rights lawsuit | TSN
If the plaintiffs win the case, this could seriously change the ability to watch hockey in the U.S. The trial is expected to begin in early 2015.

Reason 5236 why Connor McDavid will be the NHL's top draft pick - SBNation.com
Whichever team holds the top-pick in the 2015 draft is going to have one special player in their organization.

Financial questions remain for Coyotes one year after purchase | ProHockeyTalk

If the Coyotes lose $50 million over the first five years of their arena-agreement, which was signed prior to this past season, their owners have an option to relocate. The biggest problem with the Coyotes is their lack of fan support. They have the lowest average attendance in the NHL, which actually dropped compared to the lockout season.

Top 20 defining moments from 2013-14 | The Hockey News
The 20th moment on the list was the Wings making the playoffs for a 23rd straight season. The streak shall never end!

Boy finds Montreal Canadiens Cup ring in a river, but is it the real deal? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It appears that the ring was in fact a replica.

Nill has opportunity to employ Red Wings-style of AHL development | ProHockeyTalk
The Stars have bought their AHL team, the Texas Stars, which gives Nill a chance to mold his AHL team exactly like he wants it to be.

WATCH: Tuukka Rask 'stops' shot fired from actual cannon - CBSSports.com
Finland does not have defensemen like Chara who can shoot a puck with the force of a cannon, so they have to settle for an actual cannon to do the job.

Would it make sense for Nashville to trade Weber? | ProHockeyTalk

Gretzky was traded, which means that no one is "untouchable". But, unless the return for Weber is ridiculously large, it would make greater sense for Nashville to keep him. He is by far the Predators' best player, and is one of the best players in the entire NHL. Also, he is a name. He can help attract free agents.

Let's Go Red Wings!