Quick Hits: The Defensemen Edition

In Red Wings Land

Defenseman Joe Hicketts returns to Griffins with 'a little more fire' | MLive.com
Good attitude from Hicketts, as Pete Wallner catches up with the recent recipient of his first taste of NHL action. Of course, it's all what you'd expect to hear from the player and from the coaches, but Hicketts has shown that the difference between him and being completely overlooked for his stature is a good attitude, so I'm less worried about him than I would be about any other kid getting just a one-game look.

Around the League

The Rangers are going to blow it all up | New York Post
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are open for selling by the trade deadline and it could be in a big way for them (although if they're selling and not going to move King Henrik, then what's the damn point?). Maybe the Red Wings could use this opportunity to get Brendan Smith back?

No, stop it. I was kidding. Put that down.