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Quick Hits: Mike Richards, NHL, and NHLPA Settlement

For Monday, October 12, 2015

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Detroit Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings prospects put organizational reputation to the test in 2015-16 - Hockey's Future
Hockey's Future has some takes on the Red Wings prospect pool as structured for 2015-16. I have to say, they missed pretty badly on the amateur level prospects.

Red Wings Recap: Detroit Dominates Toronto 4-0 - Winging It In Motown
The weekend opened with a pair of wins in contrasting fashions. Carolina win here.

Experts, Analysts Foolishly Picking Detroit Red Wings to Miss Playoffs | Octopus Thrower
"Experts."

Daniel Cleary will not report to Grand Rapids Griffins; retirement appears to be only option | MLive.com
It's taken a training camp and a waiver decision for Dan Cleary to figure out what we've known for years: Dan Cleary can't hack it at the NHL level in 2015.

Red Wings announced 'What's new at The Joe' list - MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag
If you weren't at the game on Friday, MIHockeyNow lists some of the new stuff the Joe is going to have this season.

Red Wings are 2-for-2 in strong performances in net | The Detroit News
Jimmy Howard had a shutout, and Petr Mrazek gave up three goals. <sarc>I guess we know who won the goaltending battle.</sarc>

Red Wings fans give former coach Mike Babcock standing ovation - SBNation.com
As they should have.

Former Wings Player Aaron Ward Arrested On Suspicion Of Assaulting A Woman | CBS Detroit
Aaron Ward is an analyst for TSN but will not be on-air for the foreseeable future.

Around the NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs Game 2 Recap & Player Rankings: Abde-killer - Pension Plan Puppets
Views from the enemies. Canes Country here.

NHL, union set escrow for first quarter of season at 16 per cent - Article - TSN
For those of you that understand this better than I do, this seems like an important detail to include.

The contract Paul Holmgren gave Mike Richards will be on the books until 2031 - Broad Street Hockey
"Nearing a settlement" became "reached a settlement."

NHL responds to Richards settlement’s can of worms - Article - TSN
"The settlement here is being accounted for in precise accordance with what the CBA contemplates." So says Bill Daly. Also, the NHL apparently included non-precedent language to say other teams can't use this case as a precedent. OK then.

Dean Lombardi's Strange Comments about Mike Richards - Jewels From The Crown
"The worst day of Dean's life, I guess."

The bad precedent of Mike Richards' termination settlement - Pension Plan Puppets
"For the league and the players’ union though, despite what the cap hit and payouts end up being, the mere fact that the Kings benefitted from this in any way is a huge precedential problem."

Watch Jessica Koizumi enter the record books with first goal in NWHL history | The Hockey News
Jessica Koizumi put the Connecticut Whale up 1-0, and they downed the New York Riveters 4-1. The Boston Pride also took a 4-1 decision from the Buffalo Beauts.

Brad Marchand got a concussion last night - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Maybe it's just the angle of the .gif, but I'm not sure how exactly that kind of contact gave him a concussion.

NHL teams 'already lining up' to sign Predators prospect Vesey - Sportsnet.ca
How is this not tampering? Until he's actually a free agent of any kind, Jimmy Vesey is still property of the Nashville Predators organization. Harvard's season — thanks to archaic Ivy League rules — hasn't even started yet, despite the rest of the NCAA already being underway.

Panthers roar out of the gate, rout Flyers 7-1 - Litter Box Cats
Honestly, I'm happy for the Florida Panthers that they got their building filled for opening night and treated their fans to this kind of victory.

Flyers hold players-only meeting after two games with new coach | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I love that coach Dave Hakstol is quoted as saying "The one thing that's absolute is that no one is going to overreact" when his players decided to hold a "players only meeting" just two games into the season. Man, I wish I had made that my BOLD prediction.

Anaheim Ducks owner says ‘losses are in the double-digit millions’ | ProHockeyTalk
How does a team that made the Conference Final last season lose double-digit millions? How are the Samuelis being allowed to keep owning the team? Why are we already throwing out the next lockout fodder more than two years out?

Talented crop of rookies will make Calder chase tough for Eichel, McDavid | The Hockey News
Connor McDavid: 2 GP, 0 P. Dylan Larkin: 2 GP, 3 P.

Islanders’ 2015-16 Home Opener at Barclays Center Was Expectedly Weird - Lighthouse Hockey
Talking about the first game experience at the New York Islanders' new home.

Jack Jablonski joins LA Kings as communications intern | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
At least the Los Angeles Kings are doing some good. A little.

Pass or Fail: Nashville Predators' new yellow helmets | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Generally, if you're going to match your helmet color to your sweater color, it better be a good color. Nashville's is not a good color.