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Red Wings prospects tournament: Pairings could carry over to Grand Rapids Griffins season | MLive.com
The prospects tournament allows not only for the coaches to become more acclimated with the players, but, for the players to become more used to the abilities of other players as well. If a group of players develop chemistry during the prospects tournament, why dissolve that chemistry?

Underrated Backman Quietly Making His NHL Case | The Left Wing Lock
Personally, I still favor Sproul and Ouellet over Bäckman and Marchenko. What may give Bäckman an advantage over the other three is that he has been consistently playing for Linköping HC in the SHL. His last two seasons in particular have been very good.

Red Wings prospects tournament: Adversity gives players chance to show their character | MLive.com

People learn from their mistakes. The same goes for hockey players.

Hockeyfest: Detroit Red Wings optimistic as they meet fans | Detroit Free Press
Howard believes that the organization is going to be "just fine". I agree.

Red Wings' 23-season playoff streak could be in jeopardy, according to online oddsmakers | MLive.com

If the Wings can remain relatively healthy throughout the regular season, I do think that this team should be able to make the playoffs. It will not be easy, but, the team is talented enough to challenge for a top-three spot in the Atlantic Division.

NHL News

Sabres’ Myers looking to put disappointing season behind him | ProHockeyTalk
Tyler Myers has struggled during the last two seasons of his career. He has the talent and the ability to be a really good defenseman in the NHL, which he has proven in the past, and, he is only 22-years-old. That said, if he does not turn his game around, the Sabres may try to move Myers again, as they tried to do earlier this summer.

Report: Jordin Tootoo will attend Devils training camp as unsigned tryout | NJ.com
I was hoping that some other team would give Tootoo a chance, and the Devils have done just that.

Ryan Johansen, Torey Krug among top RFAs yet to sign new deals - CBSSports.com
The regular season is inching closer and closer, and there are still many unsigned RFAs, including our very own Danny DeKeyser.

Top 10 NHL spin-o-rama goals, as we mourn their sudden death | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Todd Bertuzzi's goal against the Coyotes back in 2012 made the list.

Top NHL players list preferred expansion cities | USA Today
The players voted Seattle and Quebec City as the top-two cities, but, they also listed Las Vegas, Toronto, Oklahoma City, and Madison, Wisconsin as potential destinations.

Flyers chairman Ed Snider is cancer free: ‘I’m totally healthy’ | ProHockeyTalk

That is great news.

Bozon begins Canadiens rookie camp glad to be alive after meningitis scare - The Hockey News
In March, Tim Bozon was diagnosed with life-threatening meningitis. This helps put into perspective the fact that at the end of the day, hockey is just a game, and it is one's life that ultimately matters the most.

Cheveldayoff knows playoff appearance is next step for Jets | TSN
The Winnipeg Jets are the definition of mediocrity. They are never bad enough to compete for a top-three pick in the NHL draft, yet, they are never good enough to compete for a playoff spot. Something needs to change.

Will Marian Gaborik still be unstoppable in 2014-15? - SBNation.com
Gaborik will probably have a really good season, but, not at the pace he was playing at during last season's playoffs.

Fleury routinely outplayed by backups - Sportsnet.ca
The Penguins have a new head coach and a new GM, and, they could have a new starting goaltender if Marc-Andre Fleury does not have a more consistent season. Fleury is talented enough to be one of the better goaltenders in the NHL, but, his play in the regular season, and particularly in the playoffs, has been unconvincing.

Report: Rangers expected to announce captain on Thursday | ProHockeyTalk

The Rangers have been without a captain ever since they traded Ryan Callahan to the Lightning. Ryan McDonagh is expected to be named as the team's new captain.

Let's Go Red Wings!