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Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader suspended three games by IIHF for World Championship hit | MLive.com
Abdelkader was suspended for hitting the Czech Republic's Vladimir Sobotka in the head. This means that Abby will miss the first three games of the 2015 WC's, if he makes the U.S squad.

Djurgården värvar Mikael Samuelsson | Aftonbladet

Samuelsson is heading back to Sweden. He is joining the SHL's Djurgården.

Poll: Who is the greatest goaltender in Detroit Red Wings history? | MLive.com
Sawchuk is generally the go-to guy in this discussion. But, I do not think that you can eliminate Osgood either.

NHL News

Jake Gardiner signs 5-year deal with Maple Leafs, remains trade bait | Puck Daddy
If the Leafs chose to keep Gardiner, which is by no means a given, this is a great deal. He's a young, talented defensemen, who will probably only continue to improve. And, he only has cap hit of $4.05 million.

Jets, Frolik agree on one-year deal worth $3.3 million | ProHockeyTalk
Another RFA heading towards arbitration has re-signed before his hearing. Frolik scored 15 goals and 42 points for the Jets last season.

Jimmy Hayes signs one-year deal with Panthers, avoids arbitration - CBSSports.com
Hayes and the Panthers were scheduled for an arbitration hearing yesterday morning. Nothing gets a contract done quite like a looming hearing.

James Neal, Patric Hornqvist and the Evgeni Malkin effect - SBNation.com
Neal is probably a lot more talented than Hornqvist is, but, that does not eliminate the fact that his production was helped quite a bit as a result of playing alongside Malkin.

Weekes on Scrivens, Ward and 2015 goalie duels - Sportsnet.ca
There are a couple of interesting goaltender battles heading into the next season. Including the one between Marty Brodeur and himself. Just retire.

Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff | ProHockeyTalk
The former Islanders' player has spent a couple of years as an assistant coach in the NHL, and was the head coach of the Rangers during the '02-'03 season.

Gloves off in civil lawsuit over fight between hockey player and Alberta man - The Hockey News
If you are a hockey player, and you desperately feel the urge to fight someone, just wait until your next game.

NBC exec says Monday Night Football shaped NHL schedule, Rivalry Night | Puck Daddy

It should not be a surprise that the schedules of other networks influence NBC's schedule. The goal here is to expose hockey to as many people as possible, and by playing games on Monday's during the fall, you are automatically eliminating a huge group of viewers. If the NHL was in a position to challenge the NFL as the top sports league in the U.S., then this would be a different story. But at the moment, that is far from the case.

Hurricanes' Eric Staal has surgery on core muscle injury | USA Today
Staal does expect to be ready for the start of the next season.

Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller | ProHockeyTalk
As I mentioned yesterday, Mueller had a couple of good NHL seasons a few years ago. There is no doubt that he is talented, and the Blues may give him the tools needed to return to good NHL form.

The top 5 NHL players whose names begin with 'G' - SBNation.com
Gretzky? You must mean Jonas Gustavsson.

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