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Quick Hits: The Right Message Edition

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

In Red Wings Land

As He Walks Away, Zetterberg Wary Of “New Normal” For Red Wings | 97.1 The Ticket

“Not playing playoff hockey sucks. That’s why we play hockey, you want to be there in the playoffs. Not being there the last two years has been hard, especially on the guys that are used to going to the playoffs. We don’t want it to become a new normal here. The normal here is making the playoffs, so it’s been hard,” Zetterberg told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.

That’s a good message for Henrik Zetterberg to leave for the young Wings as he heads into LTIRetirement. The bar is high in Detroit and the norm needs to be making the playoffs. Continually being near the bottom of the league standings is not acceptable.

Red Wings No. 5 in ESPN’s NHL prospect pipeline rankings | The Detroit News

Pretty impressive what a really strong draft class can do for the Red Wings future.

Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard, Gustav Nyquist playing for new contracts | MLive

Jimmy Howard and Gus Nyquist are playing for new contracts... elsewhere. They need to play well and impress enough GMs to net Detroit a good return at the trade deadline.

Around the League

Hughes leads the pack in TSN Hockey’s pre-season draft ranking | TSN

We all know who Jack Hughes is, but there are plenty of other names on this list that we should learn because it’s a safe bet that the Wings will have a top 10 pick next June.