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With NHL trade deadline looming, Wings GM Holland likes his options | FOX Sports
While the Wings would like to add a player, there is not a pressing need to make a trade this season like there was last year. Having that flexibility can be nice. That said, having Oliver Ekman-Larsson on this team would be wonderful.

5 things to watch: Strong month vaults Red Wings near top of East, despite penalty kill issues | MLive.com
The Wings currently sit in an interesting and risky spot. We are right near the top of the East and currently have a very comfortable grip on a playoff spot. The Wings have to make sure that they do not become too passive and slip out of the position of having home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

Coreau Named CCM/AHL Player Of The Week | Grand Rapids Griffins
Congrats!

Red Wings considering wish list ahead of trade deadline | The Detroit News
Mike Babcock seems to be a big fan of Bill Belichick. One may wear a hoodie while the other dresses up, but they are both incredibly successful coaches.

Ontario Hockey League approves sale of Plymouth Whalers | Detroit Free Press

The Whalers will be moving to Flint and will be playing in Perani Arena.

NHL News

LA Kings goof on Gary Bettman’s shoes during White House visit | Puck Daddy
You met the President of the United States while wearing sneakers???

Ovechkin, Tavares, Rask named NHL’s three stars for January | ProHockeyTalk
Ovechkin had quite the month, scoring twelve goals, while Rask helped the Bruins solidify their claim on a wildcard playoff spot.

NHL Trade Rumours: Canucks would like Hanzal? - Sportsnet.ca
The Anaheim Ducks appear to be very interested in trading for a defenseman, which is bad news for the Wings. There is a high demand and a low supply of available defenseman, which means that the price will go up.

Las Vegas NHL ownership group gets serious with Super Bowl ad for ticket drive | The Hockey News
Like it or not, I have a feeling that we will see an NHL team in Las Vegas in the very near future.

Shattenkirk needs abdominal surgery, derailing possible Norris campaign | ProHockeyTalk
Kevin Shattenkirk has been having a phenomenal season, and is second in my book, behind only Mark Giordano, in the race for the Norris Trophy. He will be out for a few weeks.

NHL power rankings: Carey Price carries Montreal to new heights - SBNation.com
The Red Wings climb two spots to #6 in SBNation's latest power rankings.

WATCH: German league player spins way to goal of the year candidate - CBSSports.com
The guy screaming after the goal summed it up: "Wow!"

NHLPA whining about potential 3-on-3 OT format | Puck Daddy
The NHLPA is concerned that an extended OT would cause the players to be more fatigued and susceptible to injury. This is true, but it is a necessary tradeoff in order to reduce the usage of shootouts to determine games.

Things have never looked this bleak for Maple Leafs - Sportsnet.ca
I would not go that far. The Leafs do have some very good young players, and if they add a competent coach and GM to the mix, they should be contending for a playoff spot again. It could be worse, you could be the Oilers.

Trade Talk: Flames unwilling to risk future for playoff push | TSN
The Flames have set themselves up to be a playoff contending team for the next couple of seasons. There is no need to risk losing that potential in order to push for a playoff spot this season in a very strong Western Conference.

Let's Go Red Wings!