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For Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He'll be kissing a new one this season.
He'll be kissing a new one this season.
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Detroit Red Wings News

'Unbelievable' ride for Joe Hicketts began at Red Wings prospects tournament | MLive.com
Who's going to be this year's Joe Hicketts after this year's Traverse City prospects tournament?

Here's Jimmy Howard's 2015-16 mask | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
I have a hard time criticizing goalie mask designs because I've yet to find something that really doesn't at least look cool. I think my favorite detail is the franchise's founding year 1926 on the back.

Road to the Avalanche Stadium Series: Buying Tickets | Fansided
Tickets for the Stadium Series game involving the Red Wings were never meant to go on sale for the general public.

Around the NHL

Anze Kopitar & Kings Far Apart in Contract Talks - Jewels From The Crown
"a good couple million per season apart." Somehow, that phrase sounds a lot better preceding a salary arbitration hearing than an extension negotiation.

'At least five teams' have inquired on Patrick Kane's availability, per report - Second City Hockey
Somehow, I don't think this is what anybody had in mind when they suggested the Blackhawks "get ahead of the problem."

Jack Eichel signs major autograph card deal with Leaf - NHL - SI.com
Buffalo Sabres superprospect Jack Eichel has signed a LeBron James-sized deal with Leaf Trading Cards, and it might put the NHLPA in a tough spot.

Dallas Stars Announce Roster For 2015 Traverse City Prospect Tournament - Dallas Stars - Official Releases
The Dallas Stars announced today the club's roster for the 2015 Traverse City Prospect Tournament. Hey there, Mattias Janmark.

Now healthy, how many goals does Brad Marchand score? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Brad Marchand led the Boston Bruins in goals last season despite having torn tendons in his right elbow.

How can we still be proud to root for the Blackhawks? - Second City Hockey
"Being a fan of Chicago's hockey team had become a source of pride. Now we figure out what's next since things aren't so simple."