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Elliotte Friedman of CBC recaps what has gone on with Cleary over the last few days.
"I've been reading all about it. It's a big deal, especially because the U.S. is in the spotlight surrounding the whole world regarding Syria and what's going to happen there. I was reading the papers online, and they were welding together all the manholes in the ground just to make sure no one can get in. You don't see that in Sweden often.
"We're honored to have him. It's a big deal."
-Daniel Afredsson of the Detroit Red Wings on President Obama visiting Sweden. Helene St.James of the Detroit Free Press has more from Zetterberg and Kronwall.
added 3:05pm, I tweeted early this morning of President Obama thanking the Swedes for their hockey players, here is the full quote via USA TODAY,
"I should mention on behalf of hockey fans back home in Chicago, I have to say how grateful our championship Blackhawks are for their several teammates who hail from Sweden," said Obama during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday. "So that's been an excellent export that we gladly accept."
Someone please tell me why Detroit's bankruptcy was brought up in this statement?
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Red Wings on Friday tweeted the first pictures of newcomer Daniel Alfredsson on the ice, wearing his bright red Winged Wheel sweater. Painful for most onlookers from Ottawa, and a few here in the Hub of Hockey. The Bruins made an aggressive attempt to land Alfie as an unrestricted free agent, but he opted for the Wings, just a matter of days before Motown went into bankruptcy.
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That was the hockey world yesterday.
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk was in his home country of Russia where the highly controversial anti-gay law has been making headlines at least once a day when he was asked about his take on it.
Now from what I have read online no one that is bashing or standing up for Datsyuk was actually there in Russia. I think many, especially the further west in North America we go, were probably still asleep when the question was asked – that didn’t stop anyone from spreading out venom.
At this point every mainstream media, established bloggers and recreational tweeter has expressed their outrage over Datsyuk citing his religion as his answer to a politically driven question.
“He views asking people for information as a strength, not a weakness, and as something that can make him and the country better.”
“You couldn’t get a more loyal guy to work with. He’s very loyal to us [coaches], he’s loyal to the players and he’s very loyal to the country."
-Ken Hitchcock on Team Canada Head Coach Mike Babcock. More on Babcock from Doug Harrison of CBC.
Interrupting my mini-vacation with this...
Without repeating Alfredsson's chronology of how it all went down, the bottom line is he would have been handsomely rewarded had he stayed put. As well paid as he will be with the Red Wings? Maybe, or maybe a few hundred thousand shy of that. So a guy who has earned between $60-70 million from the Senators is going to a dump like Detoilet -- and if you have ever visited Motown's downtown, you can't object to that classification -- over a measly mil?
-Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
added 8:12am, from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
Stop the laughter. Lower the smiles. Shawn Burr is dead. It doesn’t seem possible. He was here just a minute ago, laughing in the Red Wings’ locker room. He was here just a minute ago, cracking wise about his big butt, saying things like “I have the perfect body … for a mailman.” He was here just a minute ago, his hair dyed red and white, digging into corners, scraping for the puck, jumping into group hugs after game-winning goals and crying like a nursery schooler when the seasons ended too soon.
"Terrible Ted" turns 88 today so how about watching a Legends of Hockey feature on him below.
Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio
He is the best and most consistent coach in the game. He is probably the NHL’s equivalent of Don Shula, the legendary Hall of Fame coach of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins. Bum Phillips once said Shula could take “his’n and beat your’n, and then take your’n and beat his’n.” While Phillips was grammatically challenged, it’s clear what he meant and the same thing applies to Babcock.
In addition to being a Stanley Cup winner, he has also won Olympic gold as Canada’s head coach in 2010, and he was selected to serve in that capacity again in 2014. When it comes to motivation, teaching, strategy and matchups, Babcock is without peer.
No team gave the Blackhawks more of a run for their money than the undermanned Detroit Red Wings, and the Blackhawks and the rest of the Western Conference are thrilled that the Wings have moved to the Eastern Conference.
-Steve Silverman of CBS Chicago on ranking Mike Babcock as the #1 coach in the NHL. Continue reading for coaches #2-5...
from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars will wear uniforms with a new shade of green this season.
But underneath those sweaters the red will run deep.
Red Wings red.
If you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em.
That’s the blueprint the Stars sought when they signed Jim Nill as their general manager. Nill spent 19 seasons in the front office of the Red Wings as their director of amateur scouting. His drafts helped shape a team that would win four Stanley Cups.
The Red Wings were among the first and best to cultivate Europe and the old Iron Curtain countries for talent. In 1995, for the first time in NHL history, Detroit lined up five Russians together on the same shift. All five would go on to become Stanley Cup champions with the Red Wings, four would become all-stars and one — center Sergei Federov — an NHL MVP.
Not surprisingly, Nill’s first draft pick as GM of the Stars was a Russian (Valeri Nichushkin).
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