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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Gonna miss all the boys from <a href="https://twitter.com/griffinshockey">@griffinshockey</a> what a great season. All great guys except <a href="https://twitter.com/Mcally15">@Mcally15</a> he&#39;s a turkey</p>&mdash; Cory Emmerton (@cemmer48) <a href="https://twitter.com/cemmer48/statuses/468622598419386368">May 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Goodbye Emmerton!

Grand Rapids Griffins in 2014-15: More than ever, it depends on the Red Wings | MLive.com
The biggest question mark for the Griffins next season is the goaltender position. The difference between Petr Mrazek and Jared Coreau is humongous.

The Not-So-Neutral Zone: Spoiled: The true story of Detroit Red Wings fans
I was skeptical as to whether I was going to include this article or not. But after reading it, the guy makes some good points. Outside of some questionable moves recently in free agency and through trades, the team is probably the most well-run organization in all of sports. I mean, just thinking about our prospect pool makes me foam at the mouth (not really). He also made another good point, this summer is a crucial one for the Wings. Whichever free agent we bring in needs to make an impact.

Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader scores twice, USA reaches World Championship playoffs | MLive.com
Captain Abdelkader is leading Team USA to the WC playoffs. If he remains a Wings, I could envision Abby potentially receiving an "A" at some point.

NHL News

Bruins confirm Benning talking with Canucks - Sportsnet.ca
Multiple reports seem to indicate that Jim Benning, the Bruins current assistant GM, will take over as GM of the Canucks. The Canucks recently fired both Mike Gillis and John Tortorella.

ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers to take 2014-15 season off due to homelessness | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The roof of one of the casinos did not work as a potential rink, so the Wranglers will take the season off.

10 reasons to cheer for a Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup final | Post-to-Post
And one of these reasons is not "root for a Canadiens - Kings final".

Toews is the NHL’s best two-way player, says Kopitar’s coach | ProHockeyTalk

This is the way I look at it. Crosby is the NHL's best player. Ovechkin/Stamkos is the NHL's best scorer. And Datsyuk is the NHL's best two-way player.

Report: Wayne Gretzky wants to be new president of Capitals - CBSSports.com
I do not know if Gretzky really wants to return to the business of hockey. If he did, he would have most likely got a job by now. But that's just my 2 cents on the matter.

Bruins fan mayor loses bet, gets Canadiens logo inked on bald head | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
When I first saw this, I thought that he actually tattooed the logo on his head. Which would have been a little drastic to say the least.

Chara is still ‘the best defender in the game,’ says Neely | ProHockeyTalk
Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, and Erik Karlsson seem to disagree with Neely's statement.

Jordan Binnington Offers the Blues a Competent Safety Net | The Hockey Writers

The Blues had Miller/Halak as their starting goaltender, and now they have to pick between Elliot, Jake Allen, and Binnington.

Ducks to revisit trading for Kesler? | ProHockeyTalk
While the Ducks do have Ryan Getzlaf, there is room for improvement in their center depth. Saku Koivu may retire, and Nick Bonino is nowhere as good as Kesler can be. It makes sense for the Ducks to pursue him.

Let's Go Red Wings!