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In Red Wings Land

Five-day Freep Film Festival starts with sweet memories of Red Wings

A sellout crowd in downtown Detroit cheered and applauded Red Wings hockey Wednesday night — on the silver screen.

Sports buffs, as well as mavens of documentary films, lined up at The Fillmore Detroit — a short walk from the Red Wings' new home at Little Caesars Arena — to view the world premiere of “The Russian Five,” a feature-length film about a quintet of Soviet emigres who, from 1990 to 2003, dotted the Red Wings’ roster to blend speed, finesse, muscle and uncanny synchrony like hockey fans had never seen.

I have a copy of this book, and while I haven’t had time to really dive in, just the introduction was a great read.

Around the NHL

How to build a perennial Stanley Cup contender in today's NHL

Getting to the Stanley Cup Playoffs is one thing. Getting there every year and contending is another. Just ask the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.

This is a good (but long) article that looks at the idea of rebuilding an NHL team. It has some Red Wings quotes scattered throughout.