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Quick Hits: Svechnikov Impresses, Larkin Needs To Battle For Spot, Mantha Showing Maturity

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Red Wings News:

Larkin, Mantha in tough to make Red Wings roster, says Holland | ProHockeyTalk

Nothing new from Ken Holland here. Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha aren't promised a roster spot, and will have to battle to make it to opening night's lineup. Holland not interested in having them as the 13th or 14th forward.

Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha remains confident despite tough first season as a pro | MLive.com

Anthony Mantha showing the upmost maturity about bouncing back from his "disappointing" rookie season in the AHL. Let it be known, I do not think his first year pro was a disappointment by any means.

Flint or Finland? Detroit Red Wings pick Vili Saarijarvi unsure of future | Detroit Free Press

All signs pointing towards Red Wings 2015 3rd round pick Vili Saarijarvi playing in North America next year with the Flint Firebirds.

Evgeny Svechnikov Makes Strong Impression on Todd Nelson | MLive.com

Red Wings 2015 first round pick Evgeny Svechnikov makes strong impression on new Griffins head coach Todd Nelson: "He has a good skill set. You can see he has good size, he skates well. The other draft picks I'm still getting to know but he stood out in my mind."

NHL News:

Report: Maple Leafs' Komarov facing 4 traffic-related criminal charges in Finland | theScore

I don't know if this is really big news, but it's still pretty funny.

Ryan O'Reilly inks creative 7-year, $52.5 million extension with Sabres | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Buffalo Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly signs a massive seven-year deal. You'll scratch your head at the terms, which include a $1 million base salary per year.

Columbus signs Brandon Saad to six-year $36 million deal | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

$6 million a year for Blue Jackets' Brandon Saad. I might be one of the only people who think that might be an overpayment.

Sharks sign veteran right wing Joel Ward | CSN Bay Area

San Jose Sharks sign Joel Ward to a three-year deal at around $3.75 million per. Is it enough to fix the slumping Sharks? I don't think so.