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For Thursday, August 13, 2015

Despite attempts to return for next season, Franzen may see his career cut short because of concussions.
Despite attempts to return for next season, Franzen may see his career cut short because of concussions.
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Detroit Red Wings News

2015-16 preseason tickets on sale Friday, 10 a.m. - Detroit Red Wings - Press Release
Almost there. So close to the season.

Why Mike Green and the Red Wings should be a perfect fit in 2015-16 - CBSSports.com
So sayeth Adam Gretz, so it will be done.

Red Wings Draft Pick Vili Saarijärvi To Play in Flint This Season | Flint Firebirds
Like I said yesterday: Previously, Saarijarvi was coming over; yesterday, he was expected to sign; today, he actually signed! BOLD Predictions, here I come!

Griffins To Reveal New Franchise Look - Winging It In Motown
We have to wait until next week? The Griffins can't give us a respite from #Augusthockeynews and throw us a bone? We have to wait until Tuesday?

NHL -- Trio of Team USA prospects following in famous fathers' footsteps | ESPN
Fun story that features Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon.

Around the NHL

Capitals implement virtual-reality technology for player development | theScore
I've participated in virtual reality experiments before. All I'll say is that I hope this STRIVR Lab produces more realistic imagery.

Hockey Analytics Needs More Theory, Not Just More Data - Pension Plan Puppets
Player tracking technologies will give NHL teams dozens of new ways to learn about players, but teams will need to figure out what to do with all those numbers.

Jeremy Jacobs wins award for 'outstanding service to hockey' because life is a big joke - Broad Street Hockey
"Outstanding service to cancelling hockey." No wait, the award is actually for "service to hockey"?

Getting pucks through shot-blocking layers becoming coveted skill for NHL D-men | theScore
Justin Bourne takes a look at the problem of contextualizing hockey skills into the results — stats — they bear.

EA Sports drops Patrick Kane from 'NHL 16' cover - Second City Hockey
I thought the original idea for the cover was dumb, but Patrick Kane being under criminal investigation definitely isn't the way I wanted EA to decide to change the cover.

NHLPA strikes new partnership in concussion research - Sportsnet.ca
The National Hockey League Players’ Association is partnering with Western University in an effort to enhance concussion research. Baby steps.

Passing Judgment on Your Stanley Cup Title " Grantland
Cancel hockey.

NBCUniversal Buys $200 Million Stake in Vox Media | Variety
I love the NBC and NBCSN broadcasts! What better analyst is there than Pierre McGuire!

The Las Vegas NHL arena will have a NIGHTCLUB ABOVE THE ICE - Broad Street Hockey
This is almost too Vegas.

David Poile: Architect or Archetype? - On the Forecheck
Interesting look at what a what may be a pattern or a plan in how Poile's handled the Predators' roster over the years, and what the history says Poile might do with Filip Forsberg and Seth Jones.

Report: Setoguchi to join Maple Leafs. Can he rediscover his 30-goal ways? | The Hockey News
Oh great, we have to see this guy again.

Details about the Flames' new arena, coming soon - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Wait, since when were the Flames getting a new arena?

Penguins meeting with possible buyers in Pittsburgh this week, sources say | TribLIVE
Hey, remember when Mario Lemieux announced that he (paraphrased) exploring a potential sale? It might not just be potential.

Goalies are Voodoo...But Improving Comparative Analysis Tools Can Help - Blueshirt Banter
Take some breaks if you need to while you're reading this one.

Zidlicky Boom Boom Down: Islanders in talks with veteran defenseman, per report - Lighthouse Hockey
I have nothing snarky to say about Zidlicky.

New Jersey Devils may not name captain this season - NHL.com - News
OK then. You're not going to win a Stanley Cup anytime soon, so why not just decide to name a temporary captain (without obviously going public with the fact that it's temporary until you find someone you like for the role better)?