Quick Hits: Griffins Eliminated; Stanley Cup Final Game 1

Red Wings News

Comets 2, Griffins 0: Season ends in Jeff Blashill's likely last game with Grand Rapids | MLive.com
It is sad to see the Griffins eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs, but they had a great run!

Wings release exhibition schedule, includes 2 vs. Leafs | The Detroit News
The Wings have released their preseason schedule.

Jeff Blashill on job future with Red Wings: No decision coming this week | MLive.com
If the Red Wings are confident that Blashill is their man, then there is no major hurry to name him as the Wings' new head coach.

Red Wings to get look at draft hopefuls | The Detroit News
Interesting quote from Ken Holland about Johan Franzen in the article: "During the Tampa Bay series, he did have a minor setback but there was talk had we gotten deeper into the playoffs, he might have been ready to play."

NHL News

Habs sign Petry to a six-year, $33 million extension | ProHockeyTalk
Jeff Petry's new contract gives him a cap hit of $5.5 million, which is not too expensive for a player of his caliber. I am more concerned about the term he received. That is a lot of money tied up for a long time in a good, but not great, defenseman.

Forecasting the Stanley Cup Final | TSN
According to Scott Cullen's calculations, the Lightning have a slight edge over the Blackhawks.

LA Kings to teach players about domestic violence and drug abuse | Puck Daddy
The Slava Voynov and Jarret Stoll incidents have led the Kings to educate their players about these topics.

Devils introduce new head coach John Hynes: 5 things to know | CBSSports.com
The Devils recently hired John Hynes as their new head coach. If you were like me and had never heard of him before, here is a quick primer.

These NSFW mic'd up hockey fights will make you love the NHL even more | SBNation.com
A three-part compilation of NHL fights and trash talking.

Jonathan Toews better player than Steve Yzerman, says Steve Yzerman | Puck Daddy
In this case, I will have to disagree with Stevie.

In Stanley Cup Final, Lightning and Blackhawks aren't all that different | USA Today

The Lightning and the Blackhawks are two very similar teams, which could make for a very interesting Final.

The Mighty 14: A Requiem for Those Who Didn’t Make the Stanley Cup Final | Grantland

This is some of what Sean McIndoe said about the Red Wings: "This team could go in a lot of different directions, and a new coach only adds to that intrigue."

Who will win the Stanley Cup? The stats say the Lightning | The Hockey News
From an advanced stats perspective, the Lightning seem to have a slight advantage over the Blackhawks, but only a slight one. This is going to be a close Final.

Jason Garrison reveals the worst playoff beard on Lightning | Puck Daddy
And it is not his own.

Let's Go Red Wings!