Quick Hits: Alfredsson Update; Wings' Interested In Brian Campbell?

Red Wings News

Red Wings fall to Bruins in shootout, 3-2 | Detroit Free Press
At least we got a point. On to Toronto!

Alfie’s back remains a problem, but Wings staying patient | ProHockeyTalk
At this point, it seems very unlikely that Alfredsson will play this season. For his sake, and for the Wings', I hope that he manages to play. But, the chances of that occurring are diminishing every day.

Red Wings' Stephen Weiss 'hungry to get back in lineup' as he patiently waits for opportunity | MLive.com
After only managing to grab one point out of four possible in their last two games, you have to imagine that the Wings will give Weiss some playing time this weekend.

Kypreos: Panthers would like to trade Campbell - Sportsnet.ca
Apparently the Wings are interested in Brian Campbell. From a cap perspective, it does not make any sense. Due to Campbell's massive contract, the Wings would have to not only move Jakub Kindl, but another roster player as well. Unless the Wings would consider shipping Stephen Weiss back to Florida, which I doubt they would do, there is no chance that the Wings will trade for Campbell at the moment.

Five Players To Watch This Season | Grand Rapids Griffins
The article says the following about Anthony Mantha: "But he’ll start the season in Grand Rapids, where he’ll work on his defense and, no doubt, score a few goals." Mantha beginning his season in Grand Rapids makes perfect sense, as he will need to get back into shape after his current injury. But, has either Babcock or Holland verbally come out and said that he will?

If it’s over for him, Daniel Alfredsson the player and person should be celebrated | The Hockey News
Similar to Mike Modano and potentially Marty Brodeur, Alfredsson's career should not be judged by his time in Detroit, but by his long, successful career in Ottawa.

NHL News

Jake Muzzin, Corsi darling, signs five-year, $20 million extension with Kings | Puck Daddy
The Kings have tied up another one of their defenseman for the long-term.

Report: NHL to announce Nashville as 2016 All-Star Game host | ProHockeyTalk
What is the over/under on Carrie Underwood performing at some point during the game?

25 years ago today, Wayne Gretzky broke the all-time scoring mark in astounding fashion | The Hockey News
To break the scoring record at the age of 28 was incredible. Gretzky's 2,857 career points may be one of the most insurmountable records in all of sports.

Report: NHL wants linesmen to break up more fights before they start - CBSSports.com
Read the comments to this article if you are in need of a good laugh.

The World Cup of Hockey is coming back, so let's just forget about the Olympics - SBNation.com
I disagree with this. The Olympics are the most prestigious competition in sports, and winning an Olympic Gold medal is a unique experience which winning the World Cup would not bring. I would rather the NHL participate in both tournaments, and do away with the IIHF World Championships. That way we have a major international ice hockey tournament every other year.

Five biggest surprises from the NHL’s first week | For The Win
Brock Nelson has been quite a surprise to start the season. The Islanders' forward so far has four goals and seven points through three games with the Islanders.

Westhead: Why Montreal is the worst NHL city...when it's tax time | TSN
Taxes are rarely discussed during the offseason, but as this article points out, they have a tremendous impact on players.

Would Carolina be better off trading Eric Staal? | ProHockeyTalk
In the short-term, the answer is a clear no. In the long-term, it all depends on what Carolina receives in return for him. If Carolina either holds the first or second pick in this years draft, and manages to draft either Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid, then it may be worth it. Still, I think that Carolina, with a few more pieces, can easily compete for a playoff spot in the East. Moving Eric Staal reduces their chances of making the postseason by quite a bit for the next few seasons.

NHL won’t reveal players warned for diving | Puck Daddy

That ruins a lot of the fun!

Top 30 NHL Draft Prospects List - Sportsnet.ca
You will never guess who the top-2 prospects are. In all seriousness, with all of the focus on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, it is very easy to forget that there quite a few other quality prospects up for grabs in this year's draft.

Ducks send Gibson to AHL (to play two games) | ProHockeyTalk
Gibson struggled in the Ducks' first game of the season against the Penguins, giving up six goals. A pair of wins in the AHL can be a huge confidence booster for the young netminder.

Let's Go Red Wings!