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Red Wings News (there isn't much):

Detroit Red Wings, post-Mike Babcock era: Similar style, more youth | CBSSports.com

Really great piece here by Adam Gretz, with some fantastic quotes from Jeff Blashill:

"I think we both want to play fast in all areas of the ice," Blashill continued. "We want to be out of our D zone. We want to transition up the ice fast. We want to be aggressive. I would say this for sure, both of us believe that taking time and space away from your opponent is the best defense in the end. Having the puck the whole night is your best defense."

Sizing Up the Atlantic Competition: Detroit Red Wings | Hockeybuzz.com

High praises for the Red Wings offseason from the Lightning blogger at HockeyBuzz. Again, the Jeff Blashill hiring is key for this team. Really looking forward to see how Mike Green and Brad Richards mesh with the rest of the squad.

Watch: 13 memorable Pavel Datsyuk moments | Sportsnet.ca

Since yesterday was The Magic Man's birthday, you should all go watch how awesome he is.

NHL News:

Foley formally files application for Las Vegas NHL franchise | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Another hockey team in the desert? There's no way this could work, could it? I think it could.

Quebecor confirms NHL expansion application to bring back Nordiques | CBC News

I, for one, would love to have the Nordiques back in the NHL. The only thing I don't look forward to is the hackjob they do with their new logo and colors.

Craig Smith signs five-year contract with Nashville Predators | NHL.com

Craig Smith signs a five-year deal worth $21.25 million. Great deal for a back-to-back 20-goal scorer giving him an AAV of $4.25 million.