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Kirk Irwin

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Detroit Red Wings sign defenseman Danny DeKeyser to two-year, $4.375 million contract | MLive.com
Finally! We all knew that DeKeyser would re-sign, but, seeing it become a reality does feel nice.

Alfredsson won’t attend Wings training camp; team won’t rush him for decision on his future | Red Wings Front

We will probably know within the next few days whether he decides to return or not. Sadly, the latter will probably be the case.

Red Wings' Johan Franzen remains valuable as scorer | Detroit Free Press

Regardless of what you may think of him, Franzen always finds ways to score and to be a productive player. That said, he is still incredibly inconsistent.

Confident Tomas Jurco wants to show Red Wings more skill during his second NHL season | MLive.com

If Alfredsson does not return for this season, then I have a feeling that Jurco will win the final forward spot, regardless of Mantha's play. I agree with Kyle that the Wings will probably give Mantha a sheltered taste of the NHL this year.

In Wait: A 2014-15 Preview | Grand Rapids Griffins

Taking a look at the Griffins' upcoming season.

Red Wings arena developers to ask Detroit planning commission to rezone for project | Crain's Detroit Business

The planned arena is being is going to be rezoned. New details have also emerged as to what types of shops and businesses will be allowed within the arena district, and, which types will not be allowed.

NHL News

Lester Patrick winner Bill Daly: Number of NHL U.S. cities 'should continue to grow' | Puck Daddy
If the NHL keeps on expanding, the league may have to adopt a promotion/relegation system which is used by the vast majority of European sports leagues. It will never happen. But, it would be really interesting.

Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands | ProHockeyTalk
Davidson made one very interesting statement: "They have no leverage". That, I disagree with. Johansen is one of the Blue Jackets' best players, and, without him, they may struggle. If the Blue Jackets begin the season with a fair amount of losses, Johansen will have a copious amount of leverage.

Sidney Crosby, Penguins face plenty of change | USA Today
Sometimes, change is not a bad thing. For the Penguins, a little organizational change may have been all that was needed to return this team to Cup-contending form.

Advantage Kuemper? Harding on crutches after ankle injury | ProHockeyTalk
This contract dilemma has been surprisingly interesting to follow. The Wild could make the situation even more interesting if they follow up on Bryzgalov's wish and sign him.

Kyle Okposo's huge career year likely wasn't a fluke - SBNation.com
Last season, Okposo finally showed why he was drafted 7th overall in 2006.

Contract talks between RFA Ellis, Predators not going well | TSN
Unlike the Wings with DeKeyser, the Predators are struggling to re-sign their RFA defenseman.

Stop getting so excited over NHL rookie camps - SBNation.com
Remember, the Lions went 4-0 during the 2008 preseason. They then went on to go 0-16 during the regular season. Rookie camps, training camps, and the preseason should all be judged with caution.

Hall's held up his end of the bargain with Oilers - Sportsnet.ca
I do not know what is wrong with the Oilers, but, I would not be surprised if the team faces another playoff-less year.

Ducks score another nice deal, ink Smith-Pelly for two years, $1.6M | ProHockeyTalk
Last season, Smith-Pelly scored two goals and ten points in 19 regular season games with the Ducks. He also managed to led the team in playoff goals, by scoring five goals in 12 playoff games.

Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette earns tryout invite from Blues - CBSSports.com
I doubt that the Blues sign him to an NHL contract, but, he may be able to earn an AHL deal. Playing in the AHL for a season is better than not playing at all.

Let's Go Red Wings!