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I do not know about you, but it has been a long week.

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Report: Daniel Alfredsson to make decision on future before December - CBSSports.com
I want him to play, because I think he can be an important contributor to our team. But, I doubt that there is any chance that Alfie returns.

Red Wings' Tomas Jurco returns to the lineup Friday vs. Chicago; Pavel Datsyuk might be back, too | MLive.com
Jurco's back. If he cannot get improve his play, and is scratched again, I would send him down to Grand Rapids for some seasoning.

How well do you know the Red Wings? | FOX Sports
Some fun facts about the Red Wings.

Goalie Petr Mrazek prepares for extended commute between Grand Rapids and Detroit | MLive.com

The Wings want Mrazek to play, and will probably swap him and McCollum back and forth regularly to make sure that happens.

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Sens’ Bryan Murray: ‘There is no cure for me at this point’ | ProHockeyTalk
Wow. Terrible news. Hope he manages to pull through.

Carl Gunnarsson channels his inner pinball wizard in goal against Nashville | Puck Daddy
Ever since he was a young boy, he played the silver ball, from Sweden to St. Louis he must have played them all.

Former teammate Marc Savard feels Nathan Horton’s pain | The Hockey News
Horton's situation is so unfortunate. He knows that he will most likely have to have surgery to ultimately fix his back injury, but, if he does, he will not be able to play again. And, if he does not fix it, his pain will only grow progressively worse, and may even reach a point where it is much more difficult to fix than where it already is.

Aaron Ekblad proving why he was NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick - SBNation.com
Playing for the Panthers may actually be to Ekblad's advantage at this stage in his career. The pressures of playing in Florida are relatively low compared to the rest of the NHL. This can allow Ekblad to develop, while still being allowed to make some rookie mistakes, and not being hounded by the media for them.

The Ducks want one thing from the Ryan Kesler trade: A Stanley Cup | For The Win
Too bad that will not happen.

Olli Maatta's thyroid tumor indeed cancerous | Puck Daddy
Great that the doctors were able to find the tumor as early as they did. Maatta is expected to return within the next four weeks.

Tampa Bay’s chance at Cup contention comes from Yzerman’s Detroit past | The Hockey News
If Tampa wins the Cup, will the Wings get an asterisk/slice of the pie?

The NHL really ought to stay away from the Maloofs - SBNation.com
The Maloof family owned, unsuccessfully may I add, the Sacramento Kings up until last year, when they sold the franchise.

Crosby understands why McDavid fought - Sportsnet.ca
The idiom "it happens to the best of us" really fits in this case. McDavid is still going to be the #1 overall pick come June, and at that point this will have long been forgotten.

Wisniewski on Columbus making playoffs: ‘You need 96 points… we have nine’ | ProHockeyTalk
Playoffs? You talking about playoffs?

Let's Go Red Wings!