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Not a lot of Wings' news yesterday.

Granato brings passion to Wings' staff - Detroit Red Wings
A couple of interesting quotes by Granato in this article. The one that caught my eye the most was this: "You don't look past Detroit". Obviously, he was just hired by the team, but, his quote is the opposite of what us Wings' fans have been thinking this offseason.

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Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy sign 1-year deals with Nashville in mutual desperation | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I really hope that the Predators can help Ribeiro fix whatever problems that he has, because he is a talented player.

Predators lock up 2014 first-round pick Fiala | ProHockeyTalk
Kevin Fiala was drafted with the 11th pick in this years draft.

If NHL opts out of Olympics, Renney can handle it - Sportsnet.ca
Hopefully the NHL partakes in the 2018 Olympics. I understand the reasons for choosing not to go, but, at the end of the day, there is no better international showcase of ice hockey than the Olympics. And, winning an Olympic gold is something different than winning the Stanley Cup.

The 2014 ESPYS: Best NHL Players | TSN
Crosby, Getzlaf, Toews, Kopitar, and Lundqvist are the candidates for the award this year.

NHL Offseason Review: Metropolitan Division - CBSSports.com
I really liked the Islanders' moves. The team clearly wants to make it back into the playoffs. The Capitals were also really aggressive during the offseason, but, the Orpik signing will haunt the team in a few years.

Isles re-sign de Haan to three-year deal, Cizikas for two years | ProHockeyTalk
Calvin de Haan signed a three-year, $5.9 million deal, while Casey Cizikas' deal was worth $2 million over two years. Both players were RFA's.

Nashville signs Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, but were they the right moves? | Post-to-Post
For a team that is trying to make the playoffs in a very difficult division, adding the depth and skill that these two players provide is quite an improvement. Plus, Nashville does not strike me as a team that tolerates behavioral problems, so I would rate the signings as medium-risk, high-reward.

The top 5 NHL players whose names begin with 'B' - SBNation.com

Todd Bertuzzi, Tyler Bertuzzi. And of course, Mike Babcock.

Let's Go Red Wings!