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Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha says he's ready for NHL, knows AHL is likely destination | MLive.com
Mantha will be playing with the Wings in the due course of time, but, he will not begin the season in Detroit. He may very well be talented enough, but, he has Jurco ahead of him. And obviously, everyone's favorite, Daniel Cleary.

Jimmy Howard's 2013-2014 Season by the Numbers | The Hockey Writers

An in-depth look at the Howard's season.

NHL News

Brandon Dubinsky signs six-year extension with Blue Jackets - CBSSports.com
Dubinsky's deal is worth $35.1 million for the six years, which gives the contract a $5.85 million AAV. The deal also has a NMC and a NTC. On another team, Dubinsky may not be worth this contract, but on the Blue Jackets, he is worth every penny of it.

Do available UFA enforcers indicate the beginning of a culture change in the NHL? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Fighting is slowly decreasing in the NHL. I have always believed that the NHL should not remove fighting from the game, and instead allow the natural course of things to unveil.

Report: Rangers, Nash are not interested in a trade | ProHockeyTalk
The Rangers already got rid of Brad Richards, they cannot afford to move another one of their big stars.

Sabres sign Reinhart to three-year entry-level deal | TSN
The Sabres drafted Sam Reinhart with the 2nd pick in this year's draft. I would expect him to play with the Sabres next season.

Kings’ Anze Kopitar – and his dog – enjoy their day with the Stanley Cup | For The Win
Safe to say, this is a lot better than Kris Draper's day with the Cup.

The Devils are taking a big, 7-year gamble with Cory Schneider - SBNation.com
I have a feeling that in the end, the Devils will regret this contract. He is obviously a good goaltender, but, he is still fairly inexperienced. Who knows how he will perform when he truly is the #1 goaltender in New Jersey.

Lightning sign Brenden Morrow for one year | ProHockeyTalk
Morrow is the former captain of the Dallas Stars, and spent last season with the Blues.

Long-term NHL deals now a self-fulfilling cycle - Sportsnet.ca
The state of long-term contracts in the NHL has changed. Before, only older, proven players received these types of deals. But, now a lot of the younger stars in the game are getting these deals as well.

San Jose Sharks protest the protest against their Ice Girls | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

I abhor the concept of Ice Girls in general. I have always liked that the Lions have not fallen prey to cheerleaders.

Previewing the 2015 NHL Draft: An Early Top 10 | The Hockey Writers
Everyone knows about McDavid and Eichel, but, there are plenty of other good players in the draft.

Brodeur’s agent says he wouldn’t rule out signing a deal during the season | ProHockeyTalk
I know that there is a lack of need in the goaltender market, but, when you have to make statements like this, it is time to retire.

Let's Go Red Wings, and Congratulations to Germany!