Quick Hits: NHL Expansion Not Imminent, More Red Wings Previews

For Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Detroit Red Wings News

Pavel Datsyuk, Jeff Blashill keys to 2015-16 season for Detroit Red Wings - 2015-2016 Season Preview
NHL.com did I guess a second(?) season preview for the Red Wings. I thought they already did theirs, but here's the Detroit X-factors piece.

Jimmy Howard stepping up in tight Detroit Red Wings goalie race | Detroit Free Press
Hey, has anyone actually talked to Petr Mrazek about this goalie competition? I don't recall his name ever coming up when I search out these links.

Zetterberg's time to lead the Red Wings - MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag
MiHockey featured Red WIngs captain Henrik Zetterberg in their magazine preview of the Red Wings' season.

30-in-15: Detroit Red Wings 2015-16 season preview - Along the Boards
Another full-fledged season preview, this one courtesy of Along the Boards.

Around the NHL

An Open Letter to Paul Maurice - Hockey Wilderness
Paul Maurice, Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets had some nice comments for the Wild following the 8-1 smack down laid upon his team. Maybe he should get over it. After all, we're talking about practice games.

Pittsburgh Penguins bring the classic movie 'Slap Shot' back ... literally - SBNation.com
Those spectacles.

Eric Staal asking for $9 million annually: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Not that hard to see why he's asking for that kind of money when he's already making it on his current deal.

More questions than answers in NHL expansion saga - Sportsnet.ca
"The league wants teams that will contribute to the revenue pot, not share from it."

Quebec bid says Canadian dollar will not be a factor - Sportsnet.ca
The falling Canadian dollar will not be an issue for the Quebec City expansion bid group, who are "in a waiting mode" following a meeting with the NHL’s executive committee.

Five for Fighting: An in-depth analysis of fighting in the NHL — Part III - Eyes On The Prize
What happens to an entire team when players choose to fight?

The Barely a Maple Leaf All-Star Team - Pension Plan Puppets
I wonder what the Red Wings equivalent of this would be.