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Red Wings News

Ouch: Datsyuk (separated shoulder) out 4-5 weeks | ProHockeyTalk
Let's all hope that Datsyuk and Mantha are the only major injuries for Wings' players this season. Get them all out of the way to start the season, maybe?

Red Wings throw block party to celebrate Thursday groundbreaking for new arena | Crain's Detroit Business
The work on the new arena officially begins today!

Only two Red Wings among players with odds to win NHL awards and both are longshots | MLive.com
Datsyuk was listed as a possible Art Ross Trophy winner, while Kronwall was listed as a possible Norris Trophy winner.

TSN.ca's 2014-15 NHL Season Preview: Detroit Red Wings | TSN
For what its worth, TSN listen Kevin Porter as a "key addition".

Red Wings' third-line center Riley Sheahan impresses team with his all-around ability | MLive.com
Sheahan is still developing, and I am excited to see what he can do this year. The return of Weiss will lessen his ice-time, but, he will still be receiving adequate opportunities to succeed.

NHL News

How will the NY Rangers overcome loss of Derek Stepan? | Puck Daddy
Stepan will miss the next four to six weeks with a fractured leg. The Rangers do not have the best depth at center, and this lack of depth will hurt them during the beginning of season.

Jordan Staal Suffers Broken Leg in Preseason Game - Canes Country
You can add Staal to the list of injured NHL centers.

Report: Flyers, Jets were ‘close’ to making Evander Kane trade | ProHockeyTalk
Evander Kane has the potential of being one of the better players in the NHL. I do not think that the Jets provide him with the best opportunity to grow into the player that he has the ability to become. A trade would probably suit him well.

THN’s 2014-15 NHL season preview: Chicago Blackhawks | The Hockey News
The Blackhawks will probably be one of the best teams in the league this season, and should be competing for the Cup. With the team's cap issues, this may be the last chance for some of their players to win the Cup, which is always a good motivating factor.

Nylander's skill gives Leafs cause to think small - Sportsnet.ca
The Leafs may have found a star when they drafted Nylander.

No more free tickets in Florida | ProHockeyTalk
The Panthers do have a point here. But, a lot of people in the area have never gone to Panthers games before, and do not know how nice the arena is. Those free tickets may result in people buying actual tickets in the future.

Jaden Schwartz still unsigned despite big year ahead for Blues - CBSSports.com
The Blues still have not re-signed Jaden Schwartz, who is an RFA.

Vancouver Sun apologizes for photo calling Jordan Subban ‘dark guy in middle’ | Puck Daddy
This is just ridiculous. Why would anyone ever write that?

Roy, Sakic dig in their heels against ‘fancy stats’ | ProHockeyTalk
Advanced statistics are great, there is no denying that. But, that does not mean that other factors should not be considered when evaluating a player. To accurately evaluate a player, both of these approaches have to be combined.

Raising the level of hockey discourse - Eyes On The Prize
A very interesting and thought-provoking article by EOTP. It makes lot's of great points, but in particular this one: "We're the clicks, we get to decide".

Let's Go Red Wings!