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First look: Flint OHL team unveils name, logo, uniforms | Detroit Free Press
The new OHL team in Flint will be called the Flint Firebirds. I love the name and they have a great logo as well.

Marek Zidlicky making immediate impact for Red Wings with ‘bomb’ of a shot, an edge to his game | MLive.com
Zidlicky has been a phenomenal acquisition and I hope that he continues to produce as we approach the playoffs. Should he be re-signed? Possibly. But, there is no need to do so now. Wait until after the season is over before deciding whether or not to bring him back.

Q & A With Alexey Marchenko Of The Detroit Red Wings | The Hockey Writers
Interesting interview with Marchenko.

Dylan Larkin named Big Ten freshman of the year; Hyman takes scoring crown | MiHockey
Dylan Larkin has had a remarkable season with the Michigan Wolverines, and his hard work is paying off. What a great feeling it is to have both Larkin and Anthony Mantha in our prospect pool.

Petr Mrazek embraces pressure, putting Red Wings in ‘a great situation’ with their goaltending | MLive.com
There is not a goalie controversy (yet, at least), but having Mrazek perform as well as he has is a great asset for the Wings to utilize. This is a good problem to have.

NHL News

NHL GMs attempt to solve mysteries of goalie interference, diving | Puck Daddy
The GMs are trying to determine what exactly constitutes goaltender interference. They are also considering proposing a rule that would require teams to designate an emergency goaltender before each game, even if that person is not under contract with the team. They want to do this so that there is no last-minute confusion if an emergency netminder is needed.

Rangers’ St. Louis out 10-14 days | TSN
Marty St. Louis will miss the next two weeks due to a knee injury caused by a hit from Dmitry Kulikov on Sunday.

Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do | ProHockeyTalk
The Eastern Conference playoff race has become more interesting during these last couple of weeks. Both the Panthers and the Senators are not too far behind the Bruins and the Capitals, which currently hold the two wildcard spots in the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference is equally interesting, with the Avalanche, Kings, and Sharks all fighting for a playoff spot.

Weekend Takeaways: Fixing the draft lottery – Sportsnet.ca
Damien Cox suggests that if the NHL is truly a business, it should do everything it can to assure that Connor McDavid becomes a Maple Leaf. From a business perspective, I completely understand his argument, but from a sports perspective, I highly disagree. Also, one GM said this about McDavid: “could he be the best player ever?”

Power Rankings: No. 1 Rangers prepare for return of King Henrik | The Hockey News
The Red Wings climbed two spots to #8 in The Hockey News’ latest power rankings.

Hot goaltenders face tricky contract situations with Ottawa and Minnesota | Puck Daddy
The Senators will have a difficult yet good problem this offseason when they need to chose which two out of Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner, and Andrew Hammond to keep.

Report: Stars bringing another d-man prospect to North America | ProHockeyTalk
The Dallas Stars are bringing their third-round draft pick from the 2012 draft, the Finnish defenseman Esa Lindell, over to North America.

Appreciating Justin Faulk, one of the NHL’s premier young defensemen – SBNation.com
Justin Faulk has quietly become one of the NHL’s top young defensemen. If he played for a different team than the Carolina Hurricanes, he would be a much more talked about player.

General managers to honor Ottawa’s Bryan Murray | USA Today
Bryan Murray is currently battling stage four colon cancer.

LOOK: Don Cherry is ready for St. Patrick’s Day – CBSSports.com
Seriously, Ron MacLean’s face is the most fascinating thing in this photo.

Let’s Go Red Wings!

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