Quick Hits: Dylan Larkin; Dion Phaneuf

Red Wings News

Quick note: Griffins defeat Utica 4-2, Larkin scores first 2 pro goals | The Malik Report
This is enough of an audition for me. Welcome to the Red Wings, Mr. Larkin.

How is Red Wings' potential pursuit of Dion Phaneuf affected by Mike Babcock's move to Toronto? | MLive.com
I still would not mind the Wings making a move for Phaneuf if it meant that Stephen Weiss could be shipped to Toronto. But that seems increasingly unlikely with Babcock taking over the Leafs.

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek drafted seventh overall in KHL | The Hockey News
As the article mentions, the chance of him leaving the Wings is zero.

Mrazek knows ‘only one goalie can play’ as battle with Howard awaits | ProHockeyTalk
As a Howard fan, I would like for him to redeem himself next season. But, at the end of the day, all I want is for the best goaltender to play.

Dylan Larkin talks about signing with the Red Wings, first game with Griffins and leaving Ann Arbor | MiHockey
An interview with Dylan Larkin.

NHL News

Now feels like a good time to debate Stamkos’ next contract | ProHockeyTalk
Steven Stamkos will be a free agent in 2016. It is very likely that he will re-sign with the Lightning well before his contract is up, but there is a chance that he could decide to leave South Florida, with Toronto being an intriguing destination. Regardless of where he plays, there is a decent possibility that Stamkos will earn the highest cap hit of any player in the league with his next contract.

Report: Coyotes hire 25-year-old stats guru John Chayka as assistant GM - CBSSports.com
Maybe he will be the missing piece to the Coyotes long and complex puzzle (most likely not).

How Victor Hedman became the Lightning's engine - Sportsnet.ca
Swedish defensemen generally speaking turn out alright.

Report: Andrei Kostitsyn interested in returning to NHL | ProHockeyTalk
Kostitsyn played the majority of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens, although he spent a short stint in Nashville before heading to the KHL three years ago.

Stamkos: Lightning must recognize opportunity | TSN
Should have been us.

In the playoffs, sometimes it comes down to the ‘bounces’ | ProHockeyTalk
A couple more bounces our way and the Wings might be playing in the Eastern Conference Final right now instead of the Lightning.

Calgary mayor makes good on playoff bet, belts out 'Frozen' song (Video) | Puck Daddy
"Let him go, let him go, let Mark Giordano go...to the Red Wings."

Free agent Franson eyes Maple Leafs, Canucks - Sportsnet.ca
Babcock will not have a need for Cody Franson with Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl in his blue line.

Rangers fan gets picture of Henrik Lundqvist shaved into head | The Hockey News
Do not do this.

Let's Go Red Wings!