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Red Wings outlook: Knee issues behind him, Pavel Datsyuk poised for another strong two-way season | MLive.com
If he can remain healthy, Datsyuk will most likely have another phenomenal year. If he can find greater consistency and chemistry with his linemates, then he should have no problem scoring around 70 points next season.

Ferschweiler Named Griffins Assistant Coach | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins have hired a new assistant coach. Pat Ferschweiler was an assistant coach at Western Michigan University,

By The Numbers: Henrik Zetterberg - Detroit Red Wings
The 45 games played is one number that I do not like. Let's all hope that he plays closer to 80 games this regular season.

Olympics? First, Small Goals | Grand Rapids Griffins
Jim Paek does not want to just guide South Korea through the Olympics in 2018, he wants to help grow the sport in his home country as well. Who knows, maybe South Korea will develop into a hockey powerhouse one day?

NHL News

Leafs sign first-rounder Nylander | ProHockeyTalk
The Leafs drafted William Nylander with the eighth overall pick in this year's draft.

It's official, Buffalo will be the host of the 2015 and 2016 NHL scouting combines - Die By The Blade
The NHL announced yesterday that the Sabres will host the next two NHL scouting combines.

Blue Jackets pick Sonny Milano latest to spurn college for major junior - CBSSports.com
There are benefits and disadvantages to choosing junior over college. This partially depends on a players long-term prospects in the NHL. A player like Milano will most likely be able to play a long-enough career where going to college would not provide much of a benefit. But, for an undrafted player, going to college can provide an alternative career option. Also, playing for a junior team allows players to play alongside, and against, future stars in the NHL. College level hockey does not necessarily provide the same quality of competition.

Karlsson ready to take bigger leadership role with Senators | TSN
The Senators need to name a new captain, and Karlsson is by far the best option. Even if Chris Phillips is a better short-term captain, the Senators could use some continuity in the role, and since Phillips is 36, he does not provide that.

Sens re-sign Borowiecki: three years, $3.3 million | ProHockeyTalk
Mark Borowiecki was a RFA, and split time last season between the Senators and their AHL affiliate.

Michael Leighton’s surreal journey takes him back to Blackhawks | Puck Daddy
Leighton just signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks. He played for the Flyers during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, which the Blackhawks won.

Rumor Roundup: Flyers need help on the blueline, but don’t expect it to come soon | The Hockey News
The Flyers did sign Michael Del Zotto a few weeks ago, but, that was done only in response to Kimmo Timonen being diagnosed with blood clots.

Poll: Will Washington get back into the playoffs? | ProHockeyTalk

I have a feeling that the Capitals will be back in the playoffs next season, but, they will barely make it. They added two solid, yet expensive, defenseman during free agency, and they still employ Alex Ovechkin, who, despite his many faults, is still one of the best players in the league.

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