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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings Could Target Cap-Strapped Teams For a Defenseman - SI

Other targets could include the Hurricanes’ Brady Skjei, the Penguins’ Marcus Petterssen or Mike Matheson, or the Wild’s Matt Dumba or Carson Soucy.

Vince Dunn is the guy that’s talked about before the “other targets” - not really any names we haven’t already run through the grinder here. The idea of Detroit helping launder some cap hit for Duncan Keith to end up in Edmonton is also interesting, but I’m leery about that deal having two years and the Wings absolutely not being able to bury any of that hit.

Around the League

Why Ron MacLean didn’t ask Gary Bettman about the Blackhawks sexual assault investigation - Ken Campbell

So now that we know there were no restrictions, we’re left to discuss whether MacLean should have asked a question about Chicago. And it’s definitely a conversation worth having. Under the circumstances, MacLean didn’t feel as though it would be a productive use of time. But MacLean asking about it, even if Bettman had defaulted to lawyer-speak, would have kept the heat on an issue that absolutely needs to be addressed. There are those who claim MacLean’s actions to be an abdication of journalistic responsibility, but that only holds water if you consider MacLean to be a journalist. And that’s where the lines get really blurry.

They’re not really blurry though. MacLean is a PR face for the league. He’s always been a complicit coward.

Campbell also takes a good shot at Bettman talking about how George Parros is doing a good job.