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Some of you may have skimmed over the mention of our newest contest. Understandable. It was at the end of a post and by that time you were probably so overwhelmed by the literary goodness that is the typical A2Y post that your eyes were all foggy and stuff.
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We have our first entry…and it’s a good one.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press has been writing about Darren McCarty’s hopeful return to the Wings since he arrived in GR two weeks ago. We asked him to give us his impressions of the experience and of Mac’s chances at success back in the NHL. Our questions and his answers are below.
Thanks to Okie for sending this on. Detroit News front page has been updated, and just like A2Y the last two days…it’s all Mac.
Pierre LeBrun, on Toronto’s Fan 590, said earlier that Lidstrom is going to have to convince Uncle Mike he’s ready if he expects to play this Sunday, that the staff will take exactly zero chances on a re-injury. Good.
0848: Updated below with a welcome note to Mac from an unlikely source.
Paul pointed you to the Chelios interview yesterday, during which Jimmy D Jr. said he believed Darren McCarty was already back in Detroit. Of course, that led to speculation that he could play as early as Sunday against Bubba. Ted Kulfan, former Deep Digger captain, says…not so fast.
Darren McCarty is coming to Detroit quicker than expected but not to play. McCarty is bothered by a rib cartilage injury suffered last weekend while playing with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. He will be examined by Wings trainers Friday and will not be on the ice.
General manager Ken Holland said trainers will determine whether McCarty is able to play with the Griffins Saturday in Cleveland. McCarty was held out of Thursday’s Griffins game in Milwaukee.
“We’re going to see if he’s able to play,” Holland said. “Right now, he’s not able to play. It’s nothing more than day to day.”
I missed this in the Freep yesterday, not sure if you guys did too.
Interview on WDFN with Kevin Allen, his weekly deal, and he expects Mac to play a game next week, guarantees he’ll drop ‘em when he does play and said his performance has been surprisingly good so far.
I underestimated the drive he would have to return. I’ve talked to a number of people who’ve said that McCarty has looked pretty darn good in Grand Rapids. He’s really determined to come back, and play and give the Red Wings a role player like they had before, and if he’s certainly capable of doing that, who knows, maybe he can play in the playoffs. I had my reservations early on, but the reports I’m getting on him are that he is making every effort to be the player that he was before.
More...including views on Stuart, the young Dmen, Franzen and Hasek.
Darren McCarty’s played, what he hopes, will be his final home game as a Grand Rapids Griffin. He notched an assist last night in their 5-3 victory, giving him ten points in 13 games. Now? He says he’s ready to hit Hockeytown.
“The last few games, things are coming together. Hockey-wise, everything is getting there,” McCarty said. “I think I’m ready to make that next step.”
Kudos (I would say “high marks”, but I’m not Canadian(en), so I’m not allowed) to Michael Zuidema of the GR Press for his coverage of McCarty’s comeback bid, and the Griffs in general. His articles should be mandatory reading for the Diggers, as he’s done a good job balancing the big story (McCarty) with the daily grind of pumping out daily stories as a beat writer.
McCarty still has two more road games left this weekend before reporting to the Wings on Monday.
I didn’t see the hit on Kopecky, and I didn’t see Downey’s antics, and I didn’t see Rafalski’s body slam of a guy who outweighs him by thirty pounds. No, I wasn’t passed out. Damn you all for thinking that.
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At least that’s what I hear. Because, you know, I haven’t seen a frigging second of it all year. Why?
Because Verizon Fios doesn’t carry it here in DC. Nor do they carry the Center Ice Package. So, if I want to watch hockey I have to go down to the…ready?.....yes, The Verizon Center.
Nick Lidstrom reported little pain after the morning skate today. He’s ready. Chris Chelios? Not so much.
Lidstrom, who suffered a sprained right knee Feb. 18 at Colorado, skated again today and reported improvement.
“I’m hoping for Sunday,’” he said. “I’m feeling a little bit sluggish because I’ve only skated for two days, and I just want to get a few more practices under my belt.”
Chris Chelios, who suffered a chipped right fibula Feb. 22 at Calgary, also skated, but isn’t improving.
“Actually, not at all, to be honest with you,” Chelios said.
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