Quick Hits: Brodeur Retires; Wings Win; Escrow To Rise

Red Wings News

Red Wings 5, Panthers 4: Luke Glendening, Stephen Weiss lead team to sixth win in row, top spot in Atlantic | MLive.com
Great way to begin the post-All-Star break portion of the season. And, the Wings now hold the Atlantic Division lead!

Hockey legend Gordie Howe rapidly improving following stroke | Toronto Sun
Another update on Howe.

Wings ready for second-half push - Detroit Red Wings
As I mentioned yesterday, how the Wings perform over these next few weeks is going to be a major indicator as to how good the team actually.

Hans resa är en viktig lektion för talangerna | Expressen
The Swedish newspaper Expressen wrote a really good long-form piece on Kronwall. The Google translation is not great, but it still conveys the message.

Griffins Square Off Against Wild, Admirals During Three-In-Three | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins have three straight games this week, beginning with a road game against the Iowa Wild tomorrow.

NHL News

Martin Brodeur to retire, become Blues asst. GM (Updated) | ProHockeyTalk
Brodeur has retired. As strange as this may sound, considering that I was really calling for him to retire last year, I am a little surprised that he chose to hang up his skates midway through the season. But, what I find far more interesting is that Brodeur will join the Blues front office rather than the Devils front office.

Bieksa undergoes successful hand surgery, will miss 6-8 weeks | TSN
The Canucks are currently battling with the Flames and the Kings for the final wildcard spot in the Pacific division. While Vancouver currently holds the advantage in the standings, this injury will dent their playoff hopes.

Players' escrow rises because of Canadian dollar's fall | USA Today
Escrow is rising from 14% to 16%.

Mike Richards and the downward spiral | Puck Daddy
Mike Richards cleared waivers yesterday and will now be playing in the AHL. As the article mentions, it will be interesting to see how Richards reacts to his demotion. Will he revive his play? Or, is his regression a permanent deterioration from the player that he used to be?

NHL Rumours: Stars out on Lupul; Jagr on block? - Sportsnet.ca
I posed this question last season, and I will do it again now. If he is cheap, would you want the Wings to trade for Jaromir Jagr at the deadline? He has scored nine goals and 25 points in 43 games for the Devils this season.

Marty! Marty! The top 10 moments of Martin Brodeur’s career | The Hockey News
Brodeur has undeniably had a phenomenal career, and he is one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game. But, his first Stanley Cup victory should never have happened.

Dvorak retires after 18 NHL seasons | ProHockeyTalk
Speaking of retirement...Dvorak is retiring after 1299 career NHL games. Not bad if you ask me.

NHL Power Rankings: Who'll fill void with Isles No. 2 scorer Okposo out? | CBSSports.com
The Wings have moved up in CBS Sports' power rankings from #8 to #7. The Predators are still #1.

30 Thoughts: Kings risk recapture on Richards - Sportsnet.ca
I like the idea of the NHL having a high-profile game in a foreign city like London or Stockholm.

Alex Semin mess in Carolina getting messier | Puck Daddy
How bad has Alexander Semin been this season? He has scored one goal in 22 games.

Is Aaron Ekblad’s historic age-18 season an anomaly or a new trend? | The Hockey News
Ekblad is exceptionally good for his age. He is probably more so the exception rather than the rule.

Let's Go Red Wings!