Quick Hits: Two More Days Until The Season Begins!

Red Wings News

Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk progressing, still not cleared for contact; Tomas Tatar ready to play | MLive.com
Progress is progress. Hopefully Datsyuk will be back soon!

Detroit Red Wings waiting on Daniel Alfredsson, his body, on decision | Free Press
We may still see Alfie in a Wings' jersey this season. Personally, I am hoping for him to return, because he was a major contributor last year, and I think he still has a 30-40 point season in him.

NBC broadcaster expects Mike Ilitch will make sure Mike Babcock stays as Red Wings coach | MLive.com
I mean, they share first names, so there must be a bond between the two.

Notes: Rookie trio still in roster mix - Detroit Red Wings
Talk about a loss of confidence for Callahan and Ferraro to see Andrej Nestrasil still on the roster instead of them.

NHL News

Rangers put the ‘C’ on Ryan McDonagh | ProHockeyTalk
Good move by the Rangers. McDonagh seems like he has all of the qualities of being a good captain.

2014-15 NHL Season Preview: Metropolitan Division - CBSSports.com
The Rangers manage to win the relatively weak Metropolitan Division, with the Islanders and Devils finishing second and third, respectively. The Blue Jackets manage to grab the fourth spot, with the Penguins finishing fifth and missing the playoffs. The Flyers, Capitals, Hurricanes round out the bottom three spots.

Islanders to bring back infamous fisherman logo one last time | Puck Daddy
Mike Milbury will also be brought back to coach the team for one game, in order to relive the past.

Hurricanes say Skinner has concussion after hit from Niskanen | TSN
The Hurricanes' woes continue to increase. Without Skinner and Jordan Staal to begin the season, the Hurricanes may find themselves in the McDavid/Eichel sweepstakes sooner than they wished.

Top 50 players in the NHL: 11-20 | The Hockey News
Alev Ovechkin at #16? Behind Jamie Benn? I am not a fan of Ovechkin's, but he should be rated higher than that.

Is Gary Bettman the best boss in pro sports? - Sportsnet.ca
It depends on what you are basing your argument off of. But, I think that Bettman is easily the best boss in North American sports. Love him or hate him, he does his job well.

Panthers name Willie Mitchell captain | ProHockeyTalk
Willie Mitchell joined the Panthers this summer after spending the last three seasons of his career with the Kings.

THN’s top 200 fantasy players for 2014-15 | The Hockey News
For those of you who play fantasy hockey, here is a massive list of the top-200 players for this season.

NHL Awards Predictions: Sidney Crosby remains favorite for Hart - CBSSports.com
Tavares is winning the Hart. Also, for what it's worth, Calle Järnkrok was listed as a dark horse Calder Trophy candidate.

Flames sign Diaz for one year deal reportedly worth $700K | ProHockeyTalk
Diaz, who was invited to the Wings' training camp, but chose to go to Calgary instead, has now earned himself a contract. Seems like he made the right decision by choosing to go elsewhere.

Let's Go Red Wings!