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A Slap in the face - A total disconnect. Those words are being tossed around on the Detroit airwaves today regarding the lack of a sell-out at Joe Louis Arena last night.
I have been beating the drum for over a year now, warning anyone who would listen, the Wings were not doing enough for the great hockey fans of Detroit. Now, what do they do?
No more spin and blaming the economy, sure that is part of it, but the Detroit Tigers drew over 3 million fans this season.
It is time the Wings look internally, start taking care of the fans, the fans who have been with them for years and right now feel embarrassed for themselves.
Other NHL teams open their practices, have pre-game, post-game parties, entertain the fans and make it a fun experience. Other NHL teams give access to bloggers, who in turn promote the team and at time take shots at the team too.
The Wings, they do nothing, and it has caught up with them. Will they react?- At the point, I haven’t a clue.
See Abel to Yzerman for the print media reaction…
From Jeff Gordon at STLtoday.com,
AL MACINNIS: The Hockey Hall of Famer is the vice president of hockey operations and still another potential NHL GM. He has no interest in serving a ceremonial role with this franchise.
Like Murray, MacInnis has a clear vision of what works and what doesn’t work in the NHL. He gives this hockey operation additional insight and another view on players inside and outside the organization.
more… (*looking at all the Blues’ top management)
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
If the Commissioner were to come forward with a state of the league address in the U.S. this week the big questions wouldn’t centre on what he had to say. They would centre on whether or not anyone would come out to ask them.
It’s different in Canada and especially in Toronto and so give the Commissioner some credit for not just recognizing the obvious, but for wading into what is largely a hostile crowd.
Now there are reasons for that too and not the least of them is that the Toronto Maple Leafs annually offer no hope of success. That seems to keep “da boys” on a relatively sharp edge.
from the News-Register,
Esposito recalled an incident in which he and another hockey great, Gordie Howe, were among the old-timers to lace up the skates for a charity game. They noticed a younger player skating “way too fast,” as Esposito put it, for an exhibition game. Howe, famous for his fisticuffs as much as his scoring touch, took exception to the upstart showing up the old-timers. So when Howe met this opponent at an ensuing faceoff, he suggested he slow down.
When the cocky youngster responded with a derogatory remark to “Mr. Hockey,” Howe’s trademark nickname, he paid for it. Howe took him down hard with some strategically placed stickwork, leaving him writhing on the ice. Let’s just say the fleet-footed upstart didn’t skate too fast during the remainder of the game.
read on... Wouldn’t you like to sit down with Phil one night and have a few pops?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Here are 19 more predictions you can take to the bank. At least that’s what the hockey gods are telling me….
3. The I Wouldn’t Trade For Him With Your Draft Picks Award: Nikolai Zherdev (Blue Jackets)...
4. The player who’ll generate more highlight reel moments than anyone not named Crosby: Vincent Lecavalier (Lightning)...
fro Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Which team will be this season’s surprise story? ESPN.com is picking the Washington Capitals and Scott Burnside will chronicle the team’s travels throughout the season. In Part I, we begin with the team’s newfound vision at training camp.
ARLINGTON, Va.—There is a carnival-like atmosphere inside the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Balloons, booths, NHL trophies and staff decked out in Caps jerseys fill the space between the two ice surfaces on which the Washington Capitals are working out.
from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,
There are times when the basement of the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks, can feel like a soccer pitch. While going through the doors and into the corridors outside the dressing room, sounds of squeaky gym shoes and lively shouts warn of a game in progress.
Right wing Martin Havlat, the Hawks’ big gun, is one of the aspiring soccer stars.
“It’s just a good way for us to warm up,” says the 26-year-old Czech Republic native, by far the biggest soccer fan on the team
from On the Forecheck,
Radulov starts season on No. 3 offensive line…
Yes, the Music City’s budding offensive superstar is starting the on the right side of Radek Bonk and Martin Gelinas, and many Preds fans are howling in disbelief.
But I like this move, and I like it a lot. Here’s why…
from the Daily Southtown,
Is this the season?
Is this the season the Blackhawks become a playoff team again?
Is this the season they stay healthy? Score some power-play goals? Go to the net?
Is this the season their long-suffering fans, many of whom no longer visit the United Center, are rewarded with more than a promise of a bright future?
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Beginning with the likes of Fred “The Fog” Shero, who added Mike Nykoluk as his assistant with the bullying Flyers of the 1970s, and the legendary Scotty Bowman, the trusted Claude Ruel forever by his side in his Montreal glory days, coaching has become a complex, multilayered exercise. On most NHL teams today, the head coach has at least two assistants, as well as a goalie coach, and “off-ice” assistants, including those who specialize in video and strength and conditioning.
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