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Red Wings send Alexey Marchenko to Grand Rapids Griffins | MLive.com
Marchenko is heading to Grand Rapids to help the Griffins in their Calder Cup run. Petr Mrazek and Tomas Jurco will head over to the IIHF World Championships and play for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, respectively.

Red Wings GM states the obvious: They want Babcock back | ProHockeyTalk
Mike Babcock is the best coach in ice hockey right now. Period. I agree that Blashill would not be a terrible Plan B, but he is by no means Plan A. I want Babcock back.

Red Wings not looking to move Jimmy Howard, who will compete with Petr Mrazek for starting job | MLive.com
Unless a very lucrative offer emerges during the summer months for Howard, I would prefer the Wings to wait until at least next season's trade deadline before moving him. Having the two goaltenders compete against each other will only make them both better.

Person of Interest: The 411 on Jeff Blashill - Sportsnet.ca
If Babcock remains in Detroit, which I hope that he does, you have to imagine that Blashill receives some offers from other NHL teams.

Mike Babcock concerned about age of Red Wings' top players, but Henrik Zetterberg says window not closed | MLive.com
We have a lot of really good young players developing right now. The biggest question is whether these players will be able to have the same impact that Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall have had.

NHL News

2015 Masterton Trophy finalists: Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang | ProHockeyTalk
Andrew Hammond has to win this, right?

AP sources: McLellan on list of Sabres coaching candidates | USA Today
I think Todd McLellan is a very good coach and would prefer if he did not come to our division.

The top 10 moments of the Stanley Cup playoffs’ first round | The Hockey News
Guess what was number one? Petr Mrazek's save.

Pacioretty: Stamkos's slump temporary | TSN
Max Pacioretty has a point, Steven Stamkos cannot continue at his current lackluster pace forever.

Puck Daddy’s 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 Picks! | Puck Daddy
I will go with Caps in seven, Habs in five, Flames in six, and Wild in seven.

Why the Los Angeles Kings need to spend smart to plan for the future | The Hockey News
The Kings are up against the cap and have some interesting personnel issues to deal with. Their summer will be an interesting one to follow.

Report: Zuccarello won’t play in second round | ProHockeyTalk
The Rangers will be without one of their better players during the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Let's Go Red Wings!