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Red Wings News

Backman could be next Swede to join Wings | FOX Sports on MSN
The more Swedes the merrier.

Wings in Waiting: Xaxier Ouellet - Detroit Red Wings

Or we could always bring Ouellet up next season.

Off-Season Game Plan: Detroit Red Wings | TSN

The Wings have a lot of decisions to make this summer.

Poll: What should the Detroit Red Wings do about their backup goaltending job? | MLive.com

I would like to bring Gustavsson back, but I realize that he will probably command too much money.

NHL News

Nashville signs Swedish league standout Alm | ProHockeyTalk
Joakim Alm was a member of Skelleftea AIK, which won the SHL in 2013 and 2014.

PHOTO: Rene Bourque's parents' yard littered with hats after Game 5 - CBSSports.com
Score a hattrick, get free hats. Pretty good deal if you ask me.

Tomas Plekanec called for incredible embellishment - SBNation.com
If I was the NHL, I would suspend any player that blatantly embellishes. I think the FA should do the same thing, but that's a totally different rant.

Mike Richards, buyout candidate? | ProHockeyTalk
Richards has a cap hit of nearly six million until 2020.

Corey Crawford allegedly sprays Kings fan, who files police report: TMZ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Who would have guessed that the biggest story during the 2014 playoffs involves waterbottles.

Player Safety Taking a Back Seat... Again? | The Hockey Writers
Now that the Shanaban has left NHL headquarters, anything goes when it comes to player safety.

Stanley Cup Final to start June 4 | ProHockeyTalk
By June 18th, we will know who the next Stanley Cup champion is.

John Moore suspended 2 games for check to head; Rangers coach defends him | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Thou shall not do that.

GIF: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin have fun in photos with Putin - CBSSports.com
Ovechkin and Malkin put the "us" in Russia.

What’s your definition of a dynasty? Is anyone getting close? | Post-to-Post

If you go back to 1990, there has really only been a handful of teams that have neared "dynastyhood". The Devils, Avalanche, and if you ask SI, the Blackhawks, have all laid claim to the title. But, the only team that has actually met the requirements is the Red Wings. And I am not saying that from a fan perspective. It is simply the truth.

Let's Go Red Wings!