Quick Hits: World Junior Championship Nearing Final

Red Wings News

Red Wings view performance in loss to Canucks as step in right direction as difficult road stretch begins | MLive.com
After a couple of days off it can take a while to get going. The Wings should be able to win on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Red Wings' Tomas Tatar emerging as very bankable asset | Detroit Free Press
Tatar is a tradeable asset, but only for certain players. I would not trade Tatar in a package for Tyler Myers, but if Erik Karlsson is on the trade block, Tatar can start packing his bags right now. For the most part though, I would not trade Tatar.

National pride takes over Wings' locker room - Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings currently have 26 total alumni of the WJC.

NHL News

Flyers fined for Christmas holiday travel | Puck Daddy
A rule that makes both complete sense and no sense at the same time. The NHL wants its players and employees to not have to work on the days surrounding Christmas, which makes sense. But, if a team has an away game on the 27th, that means that team will have little time to travel and prepare before the game begins, which does not make a lot of sense.

Russia beats Sweden 4-1 in world junior semifinals | USA Today
You can't win them all. It wasn't Sweden's game.

ESPN website thinks Curtis Glencross is Manny Ramirez - SBNation.com
Oh ESPN...

IIHF says Toronto could be sole World Junior host in 2017 | The Hockey News
This year's tournament has failed to produce the expected attendance numbers in Montreal.

Capgeek.com closes due to founder’s health issue | ProHockeyTalk
Let's all hope that Matthew Wuest has a speedy recovery. What a great contribution he has made to the hockey world.

Roberto Luongo unhurt after huge Alex Ovechkin collision - SBNation.com
DeAndre Levy, what are you doing on the ice?

What makes a great fan base? It’s a lot more than just noise | The Hockey News
A great fan base is committed to its team even during times of hardship.

Let's Go Red Wings!