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IIHF Suspension Looming For Justin Abdelkader? - Octopus Thrower
Abby, Abby, Abby. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Red Wings-Maple Leafs Winter Classic named top sports event of the year by SportsBusiness Journal | MLive.com
How can you disagree about this? Seriously, what single event was better than this in 2014 so far.

Detroit Red Wings prospects Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha could meet for Memorial Cup | MLive.com
Assuming that Mantha's team, Van-d'Or Foreurs, wins today against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Mantha and Bertuzzi will play against each other for the Memorial Cup.

NHL News

Jaroslav Halak signs, draft pick retained, Islanders had no alternatives | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Good move by the Islanders. Halak is a borderline elite goaltender who has the ability to push the Islanders above the hump.

Pierre McGuire for Penguins general manager? One party reportedly interested, the other not - SBNation.com
I know a lot of people are calling this a joke, but I could envision McGuire as a decent GM. He may not be a great TV personality, but he does know what he's talking about. Who knows? He might surprise some people.

Gretzky hasn't talked to Capitals about management position | TSN

The Gretzky to Washington rumor has been shot down. No surprise there.

Finland beats Canada, joins Swedes, Czechs, and Russians in semis of Worlds | ProHockeyTalk

The semifinals for the WCs will feature only European teams. #HejaSverige

Should the Capitals Sign Ryan Miller? | The Hockey Writers
The one thing that Miller provides the Capitals is a stable, elite netminder. If Ovechkin cannot help prevent goals, then having one of the NHL's best goaltenders will help a great deal.

Janne Makkonen's amazing 'Life and Death' will double your love of playoff hockey (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
And Janne Makkonen does it again. This is brilliant.

NHL scouts favor veteran players - SBNation.com
Veteran players are always viewed in higher regard than younger players. See Cleary, Daniel.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman named Sports Executive of the Year - CBSSports.com

He may be one of the most despised commissioners in the world, but he isn't corrupt like Sepp Blatter, nor he is a stickler like Roger Goodell.

What will Benning do with Kesler? Plenty of teams would like to know | ProHockeyTalk
This article mentions Detroit as a very possible landing spot for Kesler. If we did not have Stephen Weiss, I would not be against the idea, but with him, Sheahan, and Helm, there is simply no need for another center.

Lundqvist tops Conn Smythe Power Rankings - Sportsnet.ca

If the Rangers win the Stanley Cup, Lundqvist is the obvious choice for the Conn Smythe trophy.

Let's Go Red Wings!