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For Monday, August 3, 2015

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Detroit Red Wings News

New Red Wings assistant Pat Ferschweiler encouraged after first staff meeting | MLive.com
Assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler talks about the coaching staff's first meeting.

USA Blue defeats USA White, 4-3 | USA Hockey
Red WIngs prospect Dominic Turgeon scored!

"Roughly Translated": Alexey Marchenko chats with Sport-Express | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
Alexey Marchenko talked to Igor Eronko of Sport-Express. As always, a note of caution that this is a translation, especially from a language like Russian that humans have trouble translating, let alone a machine.

District Detroit Preview Center | FOX Sports
More pictures! A sneak peek of how the new Red Wings arena will help shape Detroit.

"Roughly Translated": Niklas Kronwall gives lengthy interview to Expressen | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
Niklas Kronwall talks to Jonatan Lindquist of Expressen. Same caveats about machine-generated translations apply here.

Around the NHL

What's Going On With Mike Richards - Forbes
Eric Macramalla with the latest on a fluid Mike Richards situation that may not see a resolution until the end of this month.

Why Jake Voracek's 8-year, $66 million contract might actually be a bargain - Broad Street Hockey
I have to admit, I came away pretty convinced.

The "Hindsight is 20/20" Florida Panthers Team: Centers - Litter Box Cats
Shane O'Donnell of Litter Box Cats is doing a fun project, and by "fun," I mean, "Please don't make me do this for Red Wings drafts of the 2000s." This entry is the centers, and left wing is here.

Coach vs. Athlete: Development responsibilities - Eyes On The Prize
An interesting look at how perceived biases can affect prospect development, to the detriment of an organization and the value they try to get out of all their draft picks.

Arbitrator awards Washington Capitals’ Marcus Johansson $3.75M | ProHockeyTalk
We finally have another case that went to arbitration and ended in the award instead of a last-second negotiation.

Jonathan Bernier signs 2 year $4.15M AAV contract with Leafs - Pension Plan Puppets
I really wanted them to get the arbitration award so Bernier would be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and the circus could continue.

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics, will NHL go? - CBSSports.com
Beijing won the bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, but this question seems pretty premature to ask considering the NHL hasn't full considered sending players to 2018 in Pyeongchang. Though I guess we can figure out pretty easily what they're do for Beijing depending on what they do for Pyeongchang.

Pucks and Palm Trees: Florida hockey growing | Along the Boards
One of the defenses of Arizona's continued tenure in Glendale is that the NHL team has achieved major growth at the youth and other amateur levels of hockey. Florida hockey still has a bit of a ways to go to get that far.

Game theory: Rethinking the shootout, and the value of a one-trick pony - Eyes On The Prize
A compelling look into who the most successful shootout takers are, and why. Also could partially explain why Henrik Zetterberg isn't very good at them.

Why losing affiliation with the Florida Everblades isn't a big deal - Raw Charge
Some minor league politics and how the Tampa Bay Lightning navigate the ECHL affiliation puzzle.

Islanders' lease with Nassau County, contentious and controversial document, dies at 36 - Lighthouse Hockey
It's official: the lease is dead.