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Datsyuk feels better after summer rehab - Detroit Red Wings
Datsyuk appears to be healthy again, which is great news for the Wings. The magician is back!

Detroit Red Wings' Mike Babcock discusses duties for his new coaching staff | Detroit Free Press
Jim Hiller will be in charge of the Wings' powerplay next season. Tony Granato will be in charge of the defense and the penalty kill. Andrew Brewer will be the "coordinator of coaching". I am not sure exactly what that position entails.

Red Wings prospects: 6-foot-6 Marc McNulty has the physical tools, needs to add intensity | MLive.com

The Wings' drafted McNulty with the 169th overall pick in the 2013 draft. From a physical perspective, he has the ability to be an NHL player. But, he lacks "urgency", according to Jiri Fischer.

Detroit Red Wings: 5 Prospects to Watch at Traverse City Tournament - Octopus Thrower
In addition to the Anthony Mantha, there are quite a few exciting prospects to pay attention to at the prospect tournament in Traverse City.

Red Wings outlook: Daniel Cleary has spot on team but must work his way into the lineup | MLive.com
I do not mind having Cleary on the team as much as I mind the fact that he is taking away playing time from players who need it more than him. A transitioning hockey team needs to give its prospects (Jurco, Callahan, Mantha) playing time in order for those prospects to develop.

NHL News

Bob Suter, Miracle On Ice hero and father of Ryan Suter, dies at 57 | Puck Daddy
While he never had any success in the NHL, Suter will go down in history as one of the members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey squad. He passed away as a result of an apparent heart attack.

Arrests made in connection to Boogaard overdose | ProHockeyTalk
Former hockey player Jordan Hart and a physician in Utah have both been arrested in connection to Derek Boogaard's overdose.

Stevens makes ‘personal decision’ to leave Devils coaching staff | ProHockeyTalk
Scott Stevens was a legendary player for the Devils, becoming the longest-lasting captain in the team's history. Two years ago, Stevens was hired as an assistant coach, and has now left the organization due to personal reasons.

P.K. Subban wants the NHL in Houston 'because that's where Beyonce is from' - SBNation.com
What a unique reason...In all seriousness, I am kind of surprised that there has not been more talk of expanding to Houston. The city could support another sports team, and, hockey in Texas appears to be working better than, for instance, hockey in Arizona.

Maple Leafs sign F Abbott to one-year contract | TSN
The Leafs have re-signed RFA Spencer Abbott to a one-year deal. He appeared in one game for the Leafs last season.

Max Afinogenov would like to have this one back (Video) | Puck Daddy
First Afinogenov misses an empty net, and then the opposing team scores. You have to feel bad for him after that play sequence.

Report: Pegula to become new Bills owner (Updated) | ProHockeyTalk

Pegula, who purchased the Sabres in 2011, is adding an NFL franchise to his resume. He is apparently buying the franchise for $1.1 billion. Can you imagine what a valuable franchise like the Patriots would sell for?

Ray Rice saga should spur NHL to be proactive in condemning domestic violence | The Hockey News
While the NHL may not be the wealthiest of the North American sports leagues, it can assert its influence by making the right decision on matters such as this one. The NHL can, and should, be the progressive league. The league that respects everyone. So far, it has done a pretty good job, but, it can do more.

Sedins likely to spend less time killing penalties - Sportsnet.ca

The Sedin's are aging, and their bodies need to be preserved to sustain a full 82-game season.

Here's where Las Vegas thinks your NHL team will finish this year - SBNation.com
The oddsmakers in Las Vegas think that the Red Wings will finish 13th in the NHL this season. They have the Bruins finishing first, with the Sabres ending up last.

NHL: Most Competitive League in North America | The Hockey Writers
I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of the NFL. But, I do think that it has greater parity than the NHL. On a slightly different topic, do you guys think that parity is a good thing? Should the various leagues strive for increased parity?

Let's Go Red Wings!