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For Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Detroit Red Wings News

Ranking Top 15 Red Wings Prospects: Ryan Sproul - Winging It In Motown
Kyle took a look at a prospect in Ryan Sproul who's had a pretty significant fall from prospect grace. There's still time for Sproul to turn his career around, but it's definitely running out.

Jeff Blashill appears on WDFN, gives 24-minute interview | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
Twenty-four minutes of listening to the new Red Wings head coach. What more of a teaser do you need?

Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon hopes more opportunities lead to increased output on offense | MLive.com
Dominic Turgeon, the Red Wings third-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft, has spent the last two seasons as a defensive center in the Western Hockey League. Now that his team's lost a good chunk of its most important players, this is the perfect opportunity for Turgeon to have a breakout season.

Detroit Red Wings Season Preview: Middle Six Wingers - Winging It In Motown
The season is tantalizingly close, and that means we start previewing the players on our beloved Red Wings. Graham started things off yesterday by previewing the wingers we expect to play on mostly the second and third lines.

Red Wings outlook: Brad Richards provides depth at center, offensive ability and winning experience | MLive.com
Ansar Khan takes a look at one of the Red Wings' free agent acquisitions in Brad Richards.

Around the NHL

NHL -- League at crucial crossroads while reacting to troubling offseason | ESPN
What the NHL ultimately decides to do about the Patrick Kane and Slava Voynov situations will have a wide-ranging effect on its recently revived image. <-- So the pre-made meta description says.

The CWHL/NWHL player transfer dispute: Strictly business or taking out the competition? - Along the Boards
I keep saying that, if the NWHL proves to be a viable league long term, these leagues will probably merge before either one decides to expand. As of now, however, at least 11 players are in contract limbo as seasons are getting very close to starting.

Three Calder Trophy candidates not named McDavid or Eichel - Puck Drunk Love
Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are obvious favorites for the Calder Trophy, but there are also going to be more players eligible for the award. I think one of these guys has got a really long shot though, even without the McDavid/ Eichel factor.

Cody Eakin Extension: Roster and Cost Certainty Key For Dallas Stars - Defending Big D
Defending Big D says the Cody Eakin contract extension works out well for both sides.

What will it take for Corey Crawford to be considered a great goaltender? - Second City Hockey
"No, he's not the Chris Osgood of the franchise." Oh yes he is! The court of public opinion always gets its way.

What’s holding up Stamkos and Kopitar extensions? The ‘R’ word | The Hockey News
Another perspective on why the Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings haven't re-signed their superstars yet. The Kings' situation is a lot more complicated since the Anze Kopitar re-signing also has to deal with the outcomes of the Mike Richards termination dispute and Slava Voynov suspension.

Blueshirt Banter Discussion: Off the Ice - Blueshirt Banter
A look at folklore, criminal behavior, and hockey culture.

Kessel no sure bet for 40 goals with Crosby - Sportsnet.ca
Because 30 goals is an absolutely abysmal output. Why did PIttsburgh even trade for that bum Phil Kessel if he wasn't going to automatically claim next year's Rocket Richard trophy?

House of Cards - PensBurgh
Sure, they traded for Phil Kessel and he'll probably score 40 goals for them (or maybe not), but are the Penguins actually more primed for a free-fall than a playoff run?

It's official: Ice Girls out, Co-ed Ice Crew in at Barclays Center, per Sports Illustrated - Lighthouse Hockey
So I thought this was official when it was first announced a week or so ago, but apparently it was only actually confirmed yesterday. My bad. The New York Islanders Ice Girls will no longer be a thing, but some of the women will be part of the new co-ed ice crew in Brooklyn.

Watch Newcastle North Stars win Australian championship on penalty shot in overtime | The Hockey News
The Stanley Cup has never been won on a penalty shot in overtime, and we all know based on the refereeing standard that no referee would ever award a penalty shot in overtime to a team that could win the Cup on that shot.

Hurricanes add Ray Whitney and Jeff Daniels to Scouting Staff - Canes Country
Former Red Wing Ray Whitney is taking a front office job with the Carolina Hurricanes, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2006. I do kind of wish Whitney worked out better in Detroit.

Watch her play - Eyes On The Prize
"But as I outlined, there are much more compelling reasons to go watch women's hockey. It'll make you a much better player and thinker of the game, and teach you things that you'd never learn from behind a screen." As an aside, I'm pretty sure every time Jack_Han posts something new at EOTP, I link to it. He's high quality stuff, so I'll also link to his SB Nation blog page here.

What We Learned: Tuukka Rask and the Bruins' workload problem | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A cool look into goaltenders' regular season workloads and the potential impacts it has on their performance, if it's affected at all. It's also another reminder of what we currently know about being able to understand the position: goalies are voodoo.

Killing Time Interlude: The Devils' PK in Pictures Between Coaches - In Lou We Trust
Did head coaching changes affect what the New Jersey Devils did on the penalty kill? John Fischer takes a look at some pictures for analysis.

Looking at Paul Kariya and his First Contract - TSS
Back when the NHL didn't have a cap on how much entry-level players could make on their contracts, Paul Kariya signed a three-year deal worth $6.5 million. His reported asking? Five years, $12 million. Imagine Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel (or even Nail Yakupov a few seasons ago) asking those kinds of numbers. And imagine if Edmonton had to keep paying "market value" for their No. 1 overall picks.

Welcome to HATE WEEK 2015 - Anaheim Calling
Share the love with Anaheim Calling!

Taylor Hall's banana free life - The Copper & Blue
Taylor Hall just had the first banana of his life over the weekend. Seriously.

Minnesota Wild 2015 NHL Prospect Tournament Roster | The Left Wing Lock
The Minnesota Wild have announced their roster for the Traverse City prospects tournament.

Every NHL Team from A to Zed in Puck Daddy's Summer Series | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
All of Puck Daddy's A to Z summer series in one place. In case you missed the Detroit Red Wings one, it was written by friend of the blog Maria Camacho.