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Several days ago, I was invited to a press conference for the OneGoal hockey show, which will be taking place on November 9-11 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI. OneGoal, the show’s sponsor, is a grass-roots hockey program with strong ties to the NHL, NHLPA, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, and several equipment manufacturers, and its goal is to increase participation in yout hockey programs. OneGoal also sponsors the November trade show so that the profits made from said event, which will be open to the public for the first time, go back into promoting youth hockey.
As most of you know, the Detroit Red Wings’ PR staff (and the ever-present John Hahn) prefers not to acknowledge the existence of bloggers, so I headed down to Joe Louis Arena fully expecting to be welcomed at the security desk, have my credentials checked, and then be told to leave the building. I figured, what the hey, I’m going to see the Queens of the Stone Age at 6, and if worse comes to worse, I’ll have five hours to kill in my favourite city on the planet.
from Red Wings Corner,
Igor Grigorenko didn’t want to be in Grand Rapids any more.
So Grigorenko, who has an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to Russia if he’s in the minors for more than three weeks, refused to remain in Grand Rapids any longer and has thus been recalled by the Red Wings. He’s in Detroit now, on the team’s active roster and will practice with the club Tuesday.
Red Wings management asked Grigorenko to remain in Grand Rapids beyond the three weeks, but he refused and would have returned to Russia instead.
In his three-week, five-game stay in Grand Rapids, Grigorenko tallied zero points and two penalty minutes.
When asked where Grigorenko fits in the lineup plans, coach Mike Babcock answered: “That’s a good question. Everything here’s on an at-earn basis. We’ll see if he has enough pace to fit in.”
via Red Wings Corner,
Dallas Drake has a fractured cheekbone—caused by the Kyle McLaren hit early in Thursday’s game in San Jose—and has flown home to Detroit. Drake will be examined by doctors Monday to determine his status. He won’t be with the team for Saturday’s game in Phoenix.
How true Mike…
from John McGourty at NHL.com,
“Under the salary cap, you don’t have extra guys anymore,” Babcock said. “The ‘depth’ of the organization is health. Scotty Bowman always had an extra line sitting in the press box. Those days are gone. As soon as you’re not healthy, you’re depth is gone. That’s why minor-league development of prospects is more important than ever. When they get brought up, they have to be ready to play your system.”
read on for the rest of the story….
With thanks to Roman at eNHL.cz, we’ve discovered Dominik Hasek’s new off season hobby.
(*Important to note that when Hasek spoke to eNHL.cz’s camera man, he was insistent that he does not ride during the NHL season.)
via Red Wings Corner,
Lingering pain above Dominik Hasek’s knee means that Chris Osgood will get his first start of the season tonight against Calgary.
Hasek will back-up Osgood.
Be like Zetterberg! Get your gear.
From Dave Waddell at Can West,
Many of the Detroit Red Wings wouldn’t mind a little European holiday to start the season, but not all are convinced the NHL is a viable long-term product on the continent.
Certainly, with their heavy Euro content, the Wings would be a very popular draw to open the 2008-09 regular season in Europe, as Los Angeles and Anaheim did this season.
“I think it would be exciting for any team to go and play overseas, whether it’s London, Prague or Stockholm or wherever,” Wings captain Nick Lidstrom said.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“I played with Stevie Yzerman my rookie season and I scored five goals in my first 12 games,” Dandenault said. “I was a scratch a lot of the time that year, but when I started the season I was with him. It was amazing. But I ended up the season with five goals because I went to the fourth line. I started the season with Yzerman and finished with Stu Grimson.”
more on Dandenault…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The great ones make a hard game look ridiculously easy.
Gretzky. Orr. Mario. Howe. Beliveau. Lafleur.
You can add Nick Lidstrom to that pantheon.
Since Orr retired 31 years ago because his knees gave out, Lidstrom and Ray Bourque have been hockey’s pre-eminent defencemen. Paul Coffey, who had 1500 points, was close. So was Denis Potvin, a mean customer. Chris Chelios, Larry Robinson and Scott Niedermayer have a following as game-managers. But, Lidstrom, who’s remarkably only missed 22 of 1,201 total games (some forced to rest him for the playoffs) is, in his 16th NHL season, a machine.
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