Detroit Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg in his last Olympic game, before leaving with an injury. From USA Today Sports Images

Quick Shifts: Trade Rumors, Olympic jerseys, Social Media

It’s the Tuesday after a long weekend and today the Men’s hockey Qualification round begin today and the bottom placings of the Women’s tournament get sorted out. We have you covered with the best NHL / Olympics links from around the hockey blogosphere. Here are today’s Quick Shifts!

Before the Henrik Zetterberg injury, the Detroit Red Wings were expected to be quiet come trade deadline day. The team does not have much wiggle room when it comes to the cap, but if Zetterberg requires surgery, he will be out for the remainder of the season and the Red Wings will have some cap space freed up. Matt Moulson, Thomas Vanek, Cammalleri, and Brad Boyes are all possibilities, but all will come at a high cost for Detroit.

While we speculate what the Red Wings will do during the trade deadline, one team that has been silent during the Olympic break is the Buffalo Sabres. According to Sabres GM Tim Murray, the team has not been involved in any trade talks during the Olympic break. The Sabres were expected to be active at the deadline.

Today I ranked all of the Olympic hockey jerseys featured at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Over at IceThetics, they have a fascinating break down of how every country has performed in each of their jerseys. Also broken down is which colors have been most successful during the games. One interesting discovery is that teams are a combined 6-22 while wearing their white jerseys! If you love uniforms and stats, this is the perfect article for you.

It is difficult to remember what watching sports was like before social media. Yahoo takes a quick look at how social media has changed Olympic coverage. While many hockey fans still sit on the couch with the beverage of their choice in their hand, many are trading in that beverage for a smart phone. Whether it is Team USA or the Columbus Blue Jackets, I enjoy watching the game and interacting with fellow fans on social media. It has become a part of the game day experience. The power of social media is even more apparent this year with the time difference in Sochi, as it is nearly impossible to avoid spoilers on Twitter if you are waiting for the NBC Primetime coverage.


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