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Daniel Alfredsson needs week or two to see how back fares before future with Red Wings is known | MLive.com
In July, I was nearly certain that Alfie would return for another season. That was the vibe I was getting from his interviews. Now, I am not as sure.

Detroit Red Wings add 'coach concierge' to coaching staff - NHL.com
A little report on the Wings' new assistant coach Andrew Brewer.

Crowded at C: Wings to open with Helm as Datsyuk’s winger | ProHockeyTalk
Seriously, is Helm skilled enough to play wing? Especially on the first line? I don't know. Then again, Abdelkader played alongside of Datsyuk for quite some time, so anything is possible.

Red Wings TV depicts DeKeyser’s wild ride | The Malik Report
Here is a little documentary on DeKeyser's day with the Blue Angels.

Red Wings, coach Mike Babcock will talk extension this month; no concerns about distractions | MLive.com

I have a feeling that Babcock will not sign a new contract with the Wings until the season is over. I think that he wants to see what is out there, not because he does not want to coach the Wings anymore, but, because it is natural to want to explore new opportunities. My bet is that he re-signs, but, it will probably not happen before June, 2015.

Frk Aims To Be Better | Grand Rapids Griffins

Being better is generally speaking a good goal to have. In Frk's case, he needs to be much better than he was last season.

Detroit Red Wings' HockeyFest tickets still available | Detroit Free Press

HockeyFest takes place on September 14th at Joe Louis Arena.

Red Wings outlook: Stephen Weiss needs to rebound from a disastrous, injury-plagued season | MLive.com

Let's agree on one thing: Stephen Weiss was a good player with the Florida Panthers. He should be able to put up similar numbers on what is a better team, if he is healthy. Look, the Wings are not buying this guy out, so we want, and need, Weiss to succeed.

NHL News

David Krejci, Bruins agree on 6-year blockbuster deal | Puck Daddy
David Krejci has signed a new contract with the Bruins giving him a cap hit of $7.25 million. If you are not looking at the deal from a short-term cap perspective, this deal is a good one for the Bruins. You have to admit, he is a pretty good player.

Bettman adds to expansion denial: $1.4B wouldn’t be enough | ProHockeyTalk
Money, money, money, must be funny, in Bettman's world.

No, Sidney Crosby wasn't arrested by Ottawa police - SBNation.com

For all of the hatred towards him, Crosby seems like a genuinely good guy. That is not to say that there is no way that he would ever be arrested, but, out of anyone in the league, he is one of my least likely choices for landing in jail.

Panthers sign first overall pick Ekblad | ProHockeyTalk

The Panthers do expect Ekblad to make their team right out of camp. Considering that the Panthers' defenseman are not exactly the greatest, this is not a surprise.

Latest on NHL's top 10 unrestricted free agents - Sportsnet.ca
There are still a handful of decent NHL players available. Tomas Vokoun, Dustin Penner, and Jamie McBain highlight the list.

Let's lower our expectations for Joe Pavelski in 2014-15 - SBNation.com
Joe Pavelski is a very good hockey player. But, is he a good enough player to produce 79 points per season on a consistent basis? Probably not.

Hurricanes hire Nieuwendyk as pro scout and advisor | TSN
Joe Nieuwendyk was previously the GM of the Dallas Stars for four years, before being fired in 2013. After retiring as a player, he also worked for the Leafs, Panthers, and Team Canada.

NHL GameCentre Live in Canada just got much better - SBNation.com
If you are a Rogers customer, you will get GameCenter(re) for free until December. There will also be significantly less local blackouts. This does not mean anything for us who live in the U.S. at the moment, but, if this is successful in Canada, NBC and Comcast may decide to pursue a similar system.

Jaden Schwartz, Blues 'significantly apart' in contract talks - CBSSports.com
Schwartz is currently an RFA, and while most of the RFA talk has been about Columbus's Ryan Johansen, the Blues' player may be heading in a similar direction.

NHL's Jets will keep AHL farm team in Newfoundland at least through 2015-'16 - The Hockey News

Earlier this year there was a report saying that the Jets were considering moving the St. John's IceCaps to Thunder Bay, Ontario. This move may still be a possibility, but, not within the next two seasons. The Jets want to reduce travel time between themselves and their AHL team.

Let's Go Red Wings!