Quick Hits: Should The Red Wings Go After Ilya Kovalchuk?

Red Wings News

Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk returns to practice but likely to miss Tuesday's game due to lingering injury | MLive.com
Pavel Datsyuk is nearing his return, but when that return will be is not clear yet.

Red Wings playoff tickets on sale Friday | Click On Detroit
That special time of year is approaching!

Detroit Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar looking to snap out of late-season scoring slumps | MLive.com
The Wings' recent winning slump has correlated with Tatar's and Nyquist's scoring slump. If those two players can get going again, this Wings' team should be fine.

NHL News

Ilya Kovalchuk eyeing NHL return in 2016-17 season: Report | Puck Daddy
There are some logistical quagmires that need to be worked out before Kovalchuk could return to the NHL. Since he is retired from the NHL, he would need the approval of all 30 NHL teams before he can return. If he does, should the Wings go after him? Of course. He is still an elite player, and would be a perfect upgrade over Johan Franzen.

Pascal Dupuis won't return this season - PensBurgh
Pascal Dupuis was only able to appear in 16 games for the Penguins this season, scoring 11 points. He has not played since November 15th against the Rangers. Dupuis should be able to return next season.

Dreger: ‘In Kessel’s case, I firmly believe he’s going to be traded’ | ProHockeyTalk
The way I look at it, unless Brendan Shanahan wants to completely rebuild the Leafs this offseason, moving Phil Kessel should only happen if the return is relatively high. With better supporting talent (I.e., Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel), Kessel could be one of the best wingers in the league.

Canada is about to invade the NHL playoffs | For The Win
If the Ottawa Senators end up passing the Bruins for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, five Canadian teams could find themselves in the playoffs.

Insider Trading: Can Kovalchuk return to the NHL? | TSN
TSN's Insider Traders talk about a potential return of Ilya Kovalchuk to the NHL.

Sean Burke to interview for management spots outside Coyotes | Puck Daddy
Burke, the goaltending coach who has been able to work wonders with some of the goaltenders the Coyotes have had these last few seasons, is looking to move up the hockey ladder.

The 10 most surprising struggles of 2014-15 | The Hockey News
How big of a sophomore slump has Nathan MacKinnon had this season? Justin Abdelkader has scored six more goals than him.

Bad season for Sidney Crosby? Look who's the top scorer | USA Today
Sidney Crosby has been having an average season by his standards, yet he still leads the NHL in points.

Going nowhere but up, Jets rebuilt the right way - Sportsnet.ca
I would not say that the Jets had an ideal rebuild. But, they did not make any flashy moves until this season, stayed the course, and are now most likely a playoff team. The only question that I have with the Jets is what their ceiling as a team is. I do not know how much better this team can become with its current assets.

Could Vesey be to Nashville what Kreider was to the Rangers? | ProHockeyTalk
Jimmy Vesey, who was drafted by the Predators in 2012, has scored 31 goals in 36 games for Harvard this season. The Predators are debating whether or not to bring Vesey to Nashville when Harvard's season comes to an end.

Let's Go Red Wings!