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Red Wings forwards: Health should bring happiness to team, its fans | The Detroit News
If the Wings can be relatively healthy next season, that is already an automatic upgrade over this past one. But, after what we have gone through these past few years, healthy Wings' players is only something that I can only hope for, and not expect.

Advanced analytics intrigues Babcock - Detroit Red Wings

All these fancy stats are finally making their way into the front offices of NHL team's.

Which six players would make up the Detroit Red Wings top starting lineup of all-time? | MLive.com

In goal I would have to go with Sawchuk. My two defenseman would be Lidström and Chelios, but I could easily replace him with Vladdy, Fetisov, or even Red Kelly. Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe are my top two wingers, while Steve Yzerman is my center. As for head coach, Mike Babcock gets the nod from me.

NHL News

Lars Eller, Canadiens settle on four-year, $14 million deal | Puck Daddy
Eller and the Canadiens avoid arbitration by settling for a contract with a $3.5 million cap hit. That's a pretty good deal for a player of Eller's calibre.

Bruins name Sacco assistant coach | ProHockeyTalk
Joe Sacco was the head coach of the Avalanche for four seasons, and spent last season as an assistant for the Sabres.

Can NHL teams succeed with 2 big-money star players? - SBNation.com
I guess that Crosby and Malkin are the best argument in favor of this. Sure, they only have one cup, so far, but the Penguins are always good. They just have to figure out why they cannot do anything in the playoffs anymore.

Jets, defenceman Ellerby agree to terms on one-year deal | TSN
Keaton Ellerby re-signed on a two-way deal worth $700,000.

Rangers' tough summer sets stage for vital year ahead - CBSSports.com
The Rangers have a good core group of players, but, I doubt that they can return to the Final next season. The East is probably stronger than it was last season, thanks in part to the return of the Wings (one can hope).

Vancouver signs ’14 first-rounder Jared McCann | ProHockeyTalk

The Canucks drafted McCann with the 24th pick in the draft.

Why are people talking about Steven Stamkos and the Toronto Maple Leafs? - SBNation.com
Do I think that Stamkos will go to Toronto in 2016? No. Do I think there is a very good chance that he would? Yes.

Suggested NHL Draft System: Honour for Connor | The Hockey Writers
This is not a terrible idea. It would make the end of the season considerably more exciting for the bad teams, but would come at the expense of the trade deadline. Teams are not going to sell if they know that they need to win to get the top pick.

Latest on NHL's top 14 unrestricted free agents - Sportsnet.ca
I was surprised to see Alfredsson's name on this list. I had completely forgotten about him. He was nonexistent in my brain for a while.

The top 5 NHL players whose names begin with 'F' - SBNation.com

There is only one player who is worthy of being on this list, the 4th best Red Wings' player of all time, Sergei Fedorov.

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