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Report: Detroit Red Wings to play outdoor game at Colorado next season | MLive.com
Sweet! Perfect opponent too! The big question is whether or not Darren McCarty and Claude Lemieux will take part in the honorary puck drop before the game.

After scoring first NHL goal, Teemu Pulkkinen headed back to minors and AHL All-Star Game | MLive.com
If Johan Franzen or Tomas Jurco are healthy after the All-Star break, Pulkkinen will probably remain with the Griffins.

UM's Dylan Larkin lives up to first-round potential | The Detroit News
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when the Wings drafted Larkin this summer. I knew he was talented, but I was not convinced that he warranted the 15th overall pick in the draft. I am not a skeptic anymore.

Red Wings heading to warmer climates to recharge during All-Star break -- except Mike Babcock | MLive.com
The Wings next game is against the Panthers on January 27th. Some of the Wings have been more than keen on heading down to Florida early.

Detroit Red Wings Q&A: Niklas Kronwall on Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, superstitions and his post-hockey career | MLive.com
When asked who he would want with him if stranded on a desert island, Kronwall chose Jonathan Ericsson.

NHL News

After 22 seasons, Ray Whitney officially announces retirement | The Hockey News
The former Red Wing is hanging up his skates. He won a Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina.

The Canadian dollar is tumbling; will it affect next season’s salary cap? (Updated with comment from Daly) | ProHockeyTalk
The falling loonie should not cause the salary cap to fall too much this season, but there is a long-term question here that needs to be asked. What if the Canadian dollar continues to hover around $0.80 USD for the next three-to-five years? The impact from that could be huge. If I am not mistaken, about 40% of the NHL's revenue comes from Canada. That is a lot of lost revenue due to the weakened loonie.

Las Vegas NHL expansion fee? Up to $500 million dollars | Puck Daddy
If the NHL does end up expanding to Las Vegas, it will do so while making quite the paycheck.

Zac Rinaldo faces suspension over hit | USA Today
Considering that Carcillo received a six-game suspension for his hit, I would imagine that Rinaldo will receive closer to ten games.

Fantasy hockey: 20 trade targets for your stretch run | The Hockey News
Gustav Nyquist was mentioned on this list. But a big omission was Mr. Tomas Tatar.

NHL loses judgment in Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy case | TSN
The NHL will not receive $145 million from former Coyotes' owner Jerry Moyes.

Report: Sharks to move AHL affiliate from Worcester to San Jose, will play at SAP Center | ProHockeyTalk
It makes complete sense for the Sharks to move their AHL team based in Massachusetts over to San Jose. Making a quick call-up is just not logistically possible at the moment when compared to the Red Wings and the Griffins.

30 Thoughts: Youth movement for 2016 World Cup - Sportsnet.ca
I like the suggestion Friedman made about the All-Star games. He thinks that instead of having a "youth team" in the hockey World Cup, the NHL should promote the league's rising stars by having the best players under 27 play the best players over 27 in the All-Star Game.

Slava Fetisov: KGB is to blame for Miracle on Ice | USA Today
Fetisov seems to be an interesting guy.

Maple Leafs jersey tosser kept his, threw wife's - CBSSports.com
Are you sure that the Maple Leafs are not Kevin Hart in disguise? Because I sure cannot stop laughing at them.

Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid must go to Carolina and Arizona | Puck Daddy
I agree that Buffalo and Edmonton, especially the latter, are not the ideal landing spots for Eichel and McDavid from a development point-of-view. Carolina could probably turn one of the two into the star they each have the talent to become.

Let's Go Red Wings!