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Red Wings News

Mike Babcock done talking to other teams, will speak with Red Wings on Tuesday, likely decide on Wednesday | MLive.com
By the end of the week, we should have a much better idea of what Babcock's future plans are.

Fetal stem cells and the sports legends they revitalized | USA Today
Gordie Howe is inadvertently helping scientists better understand how stem cell procedures work and in what cases they can be effective.

Jeff Blashill's hockey future hinging on Mike Babcock's choice | Detroit Free Press
If Babcock re-signs with the Red Wings, I expect Blashill to be gone within a week or two. While I do not think that he is near the caliber of Babcock, he is certainly an NHL-quality coach,who will receive a lot of interest from around the league if Babcock stays in Detroit.

NHL News

Lightning solve Lundqvist, hand Rangers their first blowout loss | ProHockeyTalk
The series is now tied at one win a piece.

Todd McLellan to be named next Oilers head coach: Report | Puck Daddy
This has seemed inevitable for the last couple of weeks, and now it seems to be official.

Senators owner Melnyk releases statement - Sportsnet.ca
Eugene Melnyk is still in need of a liver transplant.

Flyers hire Hakstol as new head coach | TSN
My first thought when I saw this: who?

Who is new Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol? - CBSSports.com
If you also asked yourself that question, here are some answers.

Rangers turn 5-on-3 power play into Lightning goal, somehow - SBNation.com
This sums up last night's performance by the Rangers.

Fines coming after Russia leaves ice during Canadian anthem at World Championship | The Hockey News
I know that this was extremely disrespectful, but were fines really necessary?

Sharks get permission to interview Bylsma | ProHockeyTalk
Dan Bylsma will be back in the NHL soon, regardless of whether it is with the Sharks or another team.

THIS IS A BEAR PLAYING ICE HOCKEY - SBNation.com
Only in Russia...
[Ed note: This is painfully awkward and, as Amyklas mentions in the comments below, almost certainly animal abuse and/or torture. I hardly every wish for people involved in something to get mauled, but I'm leaning towards an exception here - J.J.]

Let's Go Red Wings!