Quick Hits: The Decade’s Biggest Questions Edition

In Red Wings Land

Detroit Red Wings: Solving the greatest ‘What ifs’ of the 2010s | Freep

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May 25, 2010: What if the Wings hadn’t let Steve Yzerman leave for the Tampa Bay GM job?

The Red Wings win the Stanley Cup.

July 4, 2012: What if Ryan Suter and Zach Parise had signed in Detroit, rather than Minnesota?

The Red Wings win the Stanley Cup.

May 29, 2013: What if the Wings had beaten the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western semifinals?

The Red Wings win the Stanley Cup.

World Juniors

Moritz Seider put in the work again yesterday as Germany beat the Czech Republic 4-3. The Red Wings prospect led all players in the game in ice time with 26:27 and notched three assists. Seider also delivered some pregame swagger before the game (see below).

Lafreniere injury may not be as bad as initially feared | TSN

Doctors continued to review the MRI on Lafreniere’s left knee on Saturday night, but sources indicated the initial prognosis provided a glimmer of hope that Lafreniere may even be able to return to play in this tournament.

Lafreniere was seen returning to Team Canada’s hotel with a limp, but without the need for crutches.

This is excellent news because it did not look very good when the injury occurred.

Around the League

Winter Classic ice crew unsung heroes of NHL outdoor event | NHL.com

Come game day, when the forecast calls for clouds and 54 degrees Fahrenheit, the ice will be a product of countless hours of work behind the scenes, an honor and a labor of love for 14 crewmen with deep expertise and varied experience. Most have been here since Dec. 16 with a brief break for Christmas. Five stayed through the holiday, three on Santa’s schedule.

The novelty of outdoor hockey games has definitely worn off a bit these days, but I am looking forward to seeing the Predators and Stars hit the ice down in Texas. It should be a cool visual.