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Blashill Named AHL Coach of the Year | Grand Rapids Griffins
Congrats on a job well done! You have to imagine that Blashill will receive a decent amount of attention from NHL teams. If the Wings do not promote him to assistant coach for next season, Blashill leaving becomes a possibility.

Zetterberg Expects To Be Back For Second Round, Maybe Late First Round " CBS Detroit

Zetterberg will miss a bit more time than initially hoped. A return for Game 6/7 of the first round is not out of reach though.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview: Bruins vs. Red Wings - CBSSports.com
Good, in-depth preview on our playoff series. As expected, all three analysts picked the Bruins to beat the Wings.

Smith excited to face brother in playoffs - Detroit Red Wings - News
This must be the worst/best scenario for their parents.

Fan takes XBox One from kid, but classy Red Wings make it right | Post-to-Post

This is why the Wings are a great organization. Classy beyond belief.

NHL News

Panthers win NHL draft lottery, Oilers pick third - Sportsnet.ca
Since the Panthers are in our division, we should technically be concerned. But then again, they are the Panthers.

Andrew MacDonald signs deal with Flyers for reported six years, $30M - CBSSports.com
The Flyers acquired MacDonald from the Islanders during this years trade deadline.

Report: Tampa Bay rules out Bishop for Game 1 vs. Habs | ProHockeyTalk
While it is unclear how long Bishop will be out, what is clear is that Montreal just gained a huge advantage.

Puck Daddy’s NHL 2013-14 NHL Award Picks: Calder, Adams, Selke | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Only Wyshynski, Mooney, and Cotsonika picked Babcock to win the Jack Adams. That is one less person than the amount of people who picked Patrick Roy to win. Oh, and Lambert did not even place Babs in his top-3.

Laviolette to coach U.S. at Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
Peter Laviolette was one of Dan Bylsma's assistants at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Phil Housley, Joe Sacco, and Don Granato are expected to be his assistants.

NHL playoff predictions: Who will hoist the Stanley Cup in 2014? - SBNation.com
Only Andrew Berkshire and Bruce Ciskie picked the Wings to beat the Bruins. Neither had the Wings beating the Lightning/Canadiens in the second round.

Power rankings panelists make playoff predictions | USA Today
Helene St. James jumps in with the best pick of them all.

Ducks vs. Stars preview: Can top-seed Anaheim avoid another Round 1 upset? - SBNation.com
How can one forget last year? Good times. Good times.

More former players sue NHL over concussions - Sportsnet.ca

Dave Christian, Reed Larson, and William Bennett are all jumping on the "sue the NHL" train.

Exposing Martin Brodeur: The NHL's Most Overrated Goalie | The Hockey Writers
I disagree with this. While Brodeur certainly has regressed to the point where his ability to play in the NHL is being questioned, Marty is one of the greatest netminders of all time. There is no denying that.

Hockey Canada to appoint Tippett coach for men's worlds | TSN
Pete DeBoer will be one of Dave Tippett's assistants. Team Canada will finalize its roster today.

NHL’s new playoff format is all about gambling, isn’t it? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
While I doubt that this was a reason for the NHL setting up the playoffs they way they did, I am sure that they are happy that this is one of the results.

Ville Leino buyout a 'very good possibility' Sabres GM says - CBSSports.com
Based on the amount of money that Leino will recieve from the buyout, he could easily open up a real Leino Lounge.

Let's Go Red Wings!