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Atlantic Preview: Rivalries set to flare in top-heavy division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series breaking down what each NHL team did over the off-season and projecting where they stand in the context of their division in 2017-18. I’m doing standings predictions from bottom to top. Also, give your predictions and rationales in the comments so we circle back and see…

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Red Wings cut 12 more players

According to their official website, the Red Wings have trimmed their roster by 12, sending three players to the AHL and releasing nine players from tryout contracts.

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Red Wings chop roster by 13 prior to start of pre-season

With the Red Wings set to begin their pre-season on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, the team has axed 13 players from their training camp roster. Of course, none of these are surprises, as players with no prayer of cracking Detroit’s veteran-heavy lineup were sent back to their junior squads and a handful of bodies…

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NHL expansion or relocation to Seattle becoming more realistic

It was a decade ago that the SuperSonics limped into their final season in Seattle. After a miserable 2007-08 campaign, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sold the team and its new prize, Kevin Durant, to a group of businessmen from Oklahoma City, and the Sonics became the Thunder.  Now, after years of speculation and failed proposals, Seattle…

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Someone (likely) has to go

As of right now, the Red Wings aren’t salary cap compliant. With their expected 23-man roster, they’re roughly $3 million over the $75 million upper limit set for the 2017-18 and, to make matters worse, RFA Andreas Athanasiou has yet to be signed. Some cap relief will come in the form of Johan Franzen being placed on…