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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard practices with team, hopes to return to action Feb. 11 in Pittsburgh | MLive.com
A healthy Howard would be a great addition to this team. Mrazek has been alright at best, and having Howard back will make a considerable difference.

If the Wings still want a right-shooting d-man, Franson, Petry and Green are probably available | ProHockeyTalk
Mike Green would be a really good target, but I am not sure that the Capitals would be willing to let him go since they are currently holding a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Gordie Howe's brother, Vic Howe, dead at 85 | Toronto Sun
Sad news for the Howe family.

Griffins Gear Up For Three North Division Games | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins have three games this week, with the first one being tonight against the Toronto Marlies. Their other two games are on Friday and Saturday against the Rochester Americans.

Dads 'pumped' about Wings' annual father-son road trip | The Detroit News
This can be a good and a bad distraction for the players.

Wings mingled with fans at unique event - Detroit Red Wings
The Wings' annual "Toast of Hockeytown" took place on Monday.

NHL News

Kyle Okposo out with detached retina; could miss 2 months | Puck Daddy
Ouch! Simply reading the title made my stomach cringe.

Lulea score four goals in third to shock Frolunda in inaugural Champions Hockey League final | The Hockey News
A Swedish team won! I have never been a huge fan of any team in the SHL but I have always disliked Frölunda, so I did not mind this result.

Dean Lombardi is criticizing the NHL again | ProHockeyTalk
I do not think that it is a coincidence that the Kings GM is criticizing the NHL's cap system and that the Kings may have some significant cap problems this summer if the cap does not rise by a significant amount.

Trade Talk: How free are Nonis' hands in Toronto? | TSN
I see no reason for the Leafs to keep Nonis around after this season. The team clearly needs to change, and hiring a different GM is probably the right direction to go.

The Buffalo Sabres are approaching historic badness | For The Win
The current NHL record for straight losses is 17, held by the 1975 Capitals and the 1993 Sharks.

Report: Matt Cooke (lower body) could be done for year | ProHockeyTalk
Cooke has dealt with injuries this entire season.

Rangers put Ryan Malone on unconditional waivers - CBSSports.com
Is this the end for Malone's NHL career?

Tim Peel, his ‘suspension’ and how it blew up in NHL’s face | Puck Daddy

Just heard about this. The NHL was not too happy with Peel.

World Cup of Hockey 2016: Projecting Sweden’s roster | The Hockey News
Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg are all locks to make the team. Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson also have very good chances of making the team, especially Franzen. He is very popular in Sweden and is liked by the coaches. Also, I would not rule out Jonas Gustavsson. After Henrik Lundqvist Sweden's goaltending is very average.

Nolan tells trade candidates to play way off Sabres | ProHockeyTalk
Nolan basically told his players to showcase themselves for other teams.

Power Rankings: Deep, balanced Blues streaking up the standings | CBSSports.com
The Red Wings are still ranked 7th and the Predators 1st in CBS Sports' latest power rankings.

Henrik Lundqvist couldn't find a puck lost in his pants - SBNation.com

The referees were about to request Lundqvist to strip on-ice before the puck fell out of his pants.

Let's Go Red Wings!