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FYI from the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith:

From HockeyFights:

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On Friedman’s Dougie Hamilton talk

I stuffed this into the "morning news" post, but this probably requires its own post. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman brought this up in his, "30 Thoughts" column:

13. That brings us to Dougie Hamilton. Nick Kypreos mentioned the rumours last weekend. Hamilton’s name has been in and out of NHL whispering circles since the draft, but Calgary GM Brad Treliving has always denied them. What no one can dispute is Hamilton’s minutes per game: 17:07 as a rookie, then 19:06, a career-high 21:20 in his third year, 19:46 and 18:26 so far in season five — fifth among Flames blueliners. He’s been above 20 minutes once since Oct. 20. His last three games saw him play 16:24, 14:39 and 15:56. If you trade him now, you might be selling low, but I think there are teams who believe they can make a better player out of him yet. He’s 23. Wonder if Detroit, having struck out so far on Cam Fowler and Jacob Trouba, would have interest.

Problem: The Wings have no cap space, and Hamilton has a $5.75 million cap hit (per CapFriendly). The Flames would want both a defenseman and prospects in return, but the Wings would have to move commensurate salary to acquire Hamilton, and that's a tough fit.

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Morning news: Wings-Bolts tailings; on Sproul, Mantha and AA; Ott’s pick-me-up and a trade rumor

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Darren Eliot, John Keating and Chris Osgood weighed in on the Wings' 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay in a "Digital Post-Game" feature:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a late-breaking recap of last night's game:

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Ryan Sproul And Anthony Mantha Impacted The Game Last Night

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Sproul, the Red Wings' second-round pick (55th overall) in the 2011 NHL draft, was playing in his sixth game this season and just the seventh of his NHL career when he bagged his first goal.

"It feels good for me points wise," said the 6-foot-4, 206-pound Sproul. "But we want to win all the time so it's kind of disappointing still. I felt good. It's not just about points though, but the overall game. I felt good in that sense, too....

"He can really shoot it," said coach Jeff Blashill. "It's one of those shots that creates chaos because you don't know where it's going to go because it's so hard. When it hits people it doesn't just fall down. It goes lots of places.

"He's got a real good shot-first mentality. I thought he handled himself pretty well tonight."...

Like Sproul, the Red Wings were hoping their power play would get a boost from Mantha, who scored both of his goals last season while the Red Wings had a manpower advantage.

"It was a nice play," Zetterberg said. "He battles in front and knew I was standing by myself there. It was a very nice play. He's a good player. He's done good things in Grand Rapids. He's good in front of the net, has good hands.

"He can do it all."...

"I thought Anthony played pretty well," Blashill said.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning wrap-up—Wings must rebound from devastating loss

The Red Wings lost a heartbreaker of a 4-3 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, and the team lost Darren Helm to an upper-body injury to boot.

Amidst a 2-6-and-1 stretch, having lost 10 of 13 to the Lightning, the Red Wings find themselves in something of a desperate situation heading into Friday's game against Washington.

It is absolutely necessary for the Wings to gain ground in the standings to make at least a good push for the playoff-qualifying line as Thanksgiving approaches, but neither the Capitals, Flames nor Sabres will give Detroit any quarter...

And between getting absolutely smoked by the Canadiens on Saturday and suffering such a heart-soul-and-spirit-breaking loss to Tampa on Tuesday, the Wings have been put through the ringer recently. They've also got to be plain old pissed off--partially at themselves--this morning; it's going to take all the Wings' reserves to dig out of this hole and bring its absolute best when the Wings battle the Caps on Friday.

The Lightning rather understandably were preoccupied by the fact that Steven Stamkos left the game after scoring its first goal, twisting his right leg in a collision with Gustav Nyquist and exiting the ice in pain, as the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith noted:

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Wings lose Darren Helm to upper-body injury

Darren Helm got hip-checked by Nikita Nesterov--a hip-check of the submarine-under-a-guy variety, very dangerous--and Helm got up from the check clutching his left arm and shoulder. After the Wings' 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the Wings' beat writers reported that Helm will miss some time:

Update: Here's more from the Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Red Wings-Lightning quick take: heartbreaker late

The Detroit Red Wings had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Montreal this past Saturday as they hosted the streaky Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening, well aware of Tampa Bay's 9-and-3 record against the Wings.

The Red Wings battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game 3-3, but Nikita Kucherov scored with 1:10 left to make it 4-3 Tampa Bay, and the Bolts held the Wings off despite being throughly out-played. A bad bounce off Drew Miller's shin pads cost the Wings a point, if not two, in heartbreaking fashion.

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Prospect news: Ehn registers an assist; Griffins file weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn had an assist and finished at +2, winning 38% of his faceoffs in 12 minutes of ice time as his Frolunda Indians defeated Orebro 5-0;

Axel Holmstrom's Skelleftea AIK won 4-2 over Djugardens IF. There's been no update on Holmstrom's status--I've been looking for it:

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In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 10:05, going 0-and-2 on faceoffs in TPS Turku's 2-0 win over Sport;

In the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos' 5-2 win over EHC Kloten;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Sproul’s window of opportunity and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video, in which Dan Mannes interviews Jeff Blashill and Ryan Sproul:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article about Sproul's attempt to turn heads:

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NHL officially announces Centennial Classic Alumni Game rosters

Sportsnet The Fan 590 had it right--and they posted a 9-minute interview in which Kris Draper and Darcy Tucker introducing the lineups...

From the Leafs' website:

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