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Red Wings News

Red Wings' Daniel Alfredsson will take a few weeks to decide future after 'fabulous time' in Detroit | MLive.com
If Alfredsson returns for another season, he said that he intends on returning to the Wings.

Helene St. James: There's one unrestricted free agent Detroit Red Wings would like to keep, but after that ... | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Helene takes a look at our UFA's. Helene does see Cleary returning with the Wings. But don't worry, she only expects that to be in the front office or with the Griffins.

Duff: Babcock blunt in his assessment of Wings | Windsor Star

To those people calling for a re-build, Babcock said that is not going to happen. And I do not see the need for it either. We have a good group on young players that will continue to mature, while our core group of players are still not too old. Plus, we got Mantha coming in the near future!

With Red Wings eliminated, Griffins will welcome back key players for their playoff run | MLive.com
Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco join the Griffins' quest for yet another Calder Cup.

NHL News

Blackhawks win four-straight, eliminate Cup-favorite Blues | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Blackhawks came back from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Blues.

Flyers comeback bid falls short, Rangers lead series 3-2 | ProHockeyTalk
The Rangers beat the Flyers 4-2 yesterday and now hold the series lead.

Caps fire coach Oates, don't renew GM McPhee - Sportsnet.ca
The Capitals need to re-evaluate their team. They certainly have the talent to win the Stanley Cup, as we have seen in past regular seasons. I do not think that Ovechkin is the problem for the Caps, but I do not know what their problem is either.

LA Kings still on brink of elimination, but they're gaining steam after 2 wins over Sharks - The Hockey News
The Sharks should be getting a little worried. They may still hold the series lead, but they are only up by one game.

USA wins under-18 world championships | USA Today

The U.S. picked up its 8th gold medal at the World U-18 Championships after beating the Czech Republic yesterday.

Sweepin' Canadiens are the big early Stanley Cup Playoffs story - SBNation.com
I am not a Montreal fan by any means, but I am rooting for them now in lieu of the Red Wings. They are the only franchise with more Stanley Cups than the Wings and the Leafs.

2014 NHL Mock Draft: Playoffs Edition | The Hockey Writers
This mock draft has the Red Wings picking Jakub Vrana at #15. Vrana is a Czech winger who plays for Linköping in the SHL.

Familiar feeling: Blues bounced early from playoffs again - CBSSports.com
In a way, the Blues are a lot like the Capitals. They have great regular seasons and then they can't do much in the playoffs.

LA Times columnist suggests Donald Sterling buy hockey team to avoid blacks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Honestly, this is more racist than Sterling's comment.

Hey, at least Ryan Miller can attend his sister-in-law’s wedding | ProHockeyTalk
Ryan Miller appears to be a "glass is half-full" type of guy.

Blackhawks named 'smartest spenders in sports' - Sportsnet.ca
It's certainly not the Detroit Pistons, that's for sure.

Let's Go Griffins!