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For Monday, August 17, 2015

Yes, he did play for the Florida Panthers.
Yes, he did play for the Florida Panthers.
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Detroit Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings Sign Defenseman Robbie Russo - Winging It In Motown
In case you missed it yesterday, the Red Wings made some Sunday-in-August news by throwing another log into the jam.

"Expertly Translated": Kris Draper speaks to Sport.sk about the Wings' Slovaks and Marian Hossa | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
A conversation with Kris Draper, including some talk about Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco.

Getting to Know: Evgeny Svechnikov - Living - Cape Breton Post
"Chevy" has Evgeni Malkin as his favorite player. I guess it's because they have the same name. But here's a little get-to-know-you on Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov.

Johan Franzen should call it a career for Red Wings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Greg Wyshynski weighs in on the Johan Franzen situation and says he should be calling it quits.

Joe Kocur Foundation for Children 7th Annual Charity Softball Classic Tickets, Highland Township | Eventbrite
The Joe Kocur Charity Softball game will be on Saturday.

Buccigross's Wings "Mr. Rushmore" | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, and Nicklas Lidstrom are locks. But since we're creating our own mountain, I'm going to circumvent the usual limit of four and add Terry Sawchuk AND Ted Lindsay.

Around the NHL

Using Player Skill Sets to Gain an Advantage | JenLC13 — Wordpress
How does a player's particular skill set lead to better defining his role? Here's a look at a specific instance in deploying the 1-3-1 Neutral Zone Forecheck strategy.

Carey Price: Due for a Dip? | HabsWorld.net
I know the Montreal Canadiens are due for a dip.

Maple Leafs hire Jacques Lemaire - Pension Plan Puppets
The Toronto Maple Devils, I mean Leafs, have hired yet another assistant coach. I wonder if that'll cause the same problems that it caused in the GM role.

Islanders draft pick Robbie Russo signs with Red Wings - Lighthouse Hockey
View of the Robbie Russo signing from the team that drafted him and decided not to sign him for themselves.

Unlike MLB, the NHL stamped out bench-clearing brawls | SI.com
What a cesspool of mindless violence MLB is.

U-18 gold: Canada makes it 8 straight at Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament | The Hockey News
"It was Canada’s eighth straight win at the tournament, and its 20th championship in the tournament’s 25-year history." OK then.

What does Sergei Gonchar still have in the tank? - PensBurgh
Hey, the Pittsburgh Penguins are giving Sergei Gonchar a tryout to see if he can still be a contributor at 41 years old. He's a former Penguin.

How to handle concussions the right way - MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag
Some interesting, if disturbing, trends on the numbers of player injuries, plus some specific protocols for how to handle players who've suffered a concussion.

Ducks Sign Carl Hagelin For Four Years At $4 mil. AAV - Anaheim Calling
Ducks did something on Friday morning. Bit high if you ask me, but not that bad.

Who should be the Sharks next captain? - Fear The Fin
Psst. I have a suggestion. Joe Thornton.

Pavel Bure hyping international veteran's hockey league - NHL - SI.com
SO WAIT WE CAN WATCH LIDSTROM PLAY AGAIN SOON IN THE WORLD LEGENDS HOCKEY LEAGUE?!

Five potential NHL coaching replacements - Sportsnet.ca
Someone's inevitably going to be fired at some point this season. Who's going to step in when that happens?

Pacific division offseason roster recap - Matchsticks and Gasoline
A look at the Pacific Division from Calgary Flames fans' perspective.

Report: Team Russia captain, defenseman Ilya Nikulin leaving KHL for NHL | The Hockey News
So we have players leaving the NHL for the KHL and now some KHL players leaving for the NHL. He probably won't be another Slava Fetisov, but he is a defenseman, and if the Russo signing was any indication, Holland probably isn't finished yet.

What you really need to know about NHL deal with MLB Advanced Media | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Puck Daddy got to sit down with NHL COO John Collins to talk about what to expect from the NHL's new deal with MLBAM. Collins didn't exactly quash my worries about the NHL going after fan-created content.

Fan sends photo of Cory Schneider to Roberto Luongo for autograph | For The Win
"This is Corey Schneider." I can't wait to get fanmail from people asking for uvgt3bkdnme.

Martin Jones new mask celebrates anniversary - Fear The Fin
Pretty sweet gesture from a guy that was just traded to the team he's doing this for.