Quick Hits: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody! Today's quick hits are going to have to be cut a bit short because of today's festivities, but I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas!

Red Wings News

Mattias Bäckman återvänder till LHC - Linköping HC
The rumors about Bäckman's return to the SHL began a few weeks ago. Now those rumors have become a reality. He will play for Linköping until the end of the season.

Mandated Christmas break lets players rewind | Detroit News

Sometimes a nice, relatively long break is all that it is needed to refocus the mind and the body.

How European Detroit Red Wings will be spending Christmas | Detroit Free Press
In Sweden, Christmas Eve is the most celebrated of the two days. We eat ham, a great potato dish, and drink glögg and julmust.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard living in shootout hell | Detroit News

Jimmy Howard may not be a great shootout goaltender. But, in his defense, the shootout is not a great thing either.

NHL News

Scott suspended four games for punch that was ‘neither predictable, nor acceptable’ | ProHockeyTalk
Considering that Scott is a repeat offender a four-game suspension is not unreasonable here.

The Dallas Stars have North Korea jokes - SBNation.com
You do not have to be a Stars' fan to love the team's scoreboard.

Team USA World Junior Championship Preview | The Hockey News
Jack Eichel is by far the best player on the roster, but he is not the only talented player included. Red Wings' prospect Dylan Larkin also made the team.

Hockey Christmas decorations gallery: Saint Claude Giroux and others fan traditions | Puck Daddy
I like the Red Wings' one the most.

See Nationals Park transform into a hockey rink for the Winter Classic | For The Win
The Winter Classic is fast approaching, and the Capitals are getting ready.

Best of 2014: TSN.ca looks back at the year in hockey | TSN
There were so many great hockey memories from this past year. The Winter Classic was my highlight. What was your favorite moment from 2014?

Poile moves to second on all-time GM wins list | ProHockeyTalk
I tried to find a list of all-time wins by different GM's, but was unable to find one. I wonder where Ken Holland falls on the overall scale.

Last minute gift ideas for your favorite NHL team - CBSSports.com
A top-pairing, right-hand shooting defenseman would be a much appreciated Christmas gift for the Red Wings.

Let's Go Red Wings!