Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 03/07/08 at 04:48 PM ET
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.
John Niyo reports that the rib injury is “minor” and that McCarty may play one more game with Grand Rapids, but is eager to join the Wings ASAP.
“I’m definitely feeling good, both mentally and physically,” said McCarty, 35, who signed a prorated one-year contract with the Wings on Feb. 25. “And I’m ready to get in here and make my presence known.”
His conditioning stint is scheduled to end Monday, but it’s unclear when he’ll make his return to the Wings’ lineup.
“You’ve gotta earn it, just like everybody else,” McCarty said. “Like I said before, I’m just here to complement the role (players) and fill a role and help this team win. I’ve gotta earn my spot, and hopefully I’ll get that opportunity.”
Darren McCarty stopped by the Red Wings’ training room this morning for a checkup on his injured ribs and said any anxiety in returning to his old haunt soon faded when he saw old friends at Joe Louis Arena.
“Driving down here this morning I didn’t know what to expect, but not really (too nervous) because a lot of the guys are still here,” he said. “So it’s seeing some familiar faces and meeting a few new guys. It feels like home, it does. I’m just grateful to be back around.”
Khan(!) doesn’t have any McCarty quotes but he does have an update from practice.
Tomas Kopecky practiced and said he’s feeling fine after taking an elbow to the head from Jeff Woywitka of St. Louis on Wednesday. Kopecky called it a dirty hit. Valtteri Filppula didn’t practice due to an unspecified leg injury, but coach Mike Babcock said he’ll be ready to play Sunday. Dan Cleary (fractured jaw) is making real good progress and said he hopes to return on March 25 in St. Louis. Nicklas Lidstrom (sprained knee) said he feels good and should be ready for Sunday.
“Unspecified leg injury….ready to play Sunday.”
In other words, count Filppula out for Sunday.
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