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Quick Hits: The “Is Saturday Ever Going to Get Here?” Edition

St. Louis Blues v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

In Red Wings Land

Well-rested Red Wings refocus on physical play | Ted Kulfan

Not really surprising to hear this is a focus heading into this weekend’s tilt against the Blues. Their identity for a while now has rested on their ability to play hard and heavy. The Red Wings apparently want to muck it up against the Blues.

Rumor Roundup: Trade buzz surrounding Red Wings, Oilers, and Blue Jackets | Lyle Richardson

It’s the usual suspects listed here, but if word of the Wings making a trade is coming again, then maybe there’s fire here?

Around the League

With wheels in motion and price tag set, Seattle a slam-dunk to be next for the NHL | Ken Campbell

Lots of expansion and franchise talk this week with the governor’s meeting. Seattle has been approved to begin the application process. This only means that the Seattle ownership group can apply; it doesn’t necessarily confirm that a new franchise is coming to Seattle. But at this point, it seems likely.