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from the Detroit Free Press,
Will Schneider continue to smile on Detroit? Maybe, maybe not.
He is eligible for free agency this summer, and so far talks that began during training camp haven’t progressed. Schneider has touched base with general manager Ken Holland on the matter and wants to remain with the Wings.
In addition to Schneider, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Kyle Calder, Danny Markov, Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios and Dominik Hasek are some of the players whose contracts expire in July. Schneider makes $3.3 million this season and given his offensive prowess, especially on the power play, he’s guaranteed to draw competitive offers from other teams. The Wings can’t bring everyone back, so Schneider could end up finishing his career elsewhere. He is determined to play at least until 2010 in order to have a shot at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Ville Nieminen hit Brett Lebda into the boards, driving his head into the glass. Lebda was bleeding, taken off on a stretcher.
I thought I saw some movement in his legs and arms…
Nieminen got five and a game.
update 2:46pm, Concussion for Lebda, alert and awake, going to the hospital.
Chat it up today during the Wings/Blues game. Game time is 2pm EDT today.
from the Detroit News,
Henrik Zetterberg expects to be ready for the playoffs—but he’s realistic.
With any back injury, it’s a bit of a guessing game.
“If it’s the same progress as it’s been the last week, I’ll be playing,” Zetterberg said. “But you never know with the back. A little tweak, or something, and you’re right back at the beginning.”
from Damien Cox at his blog, The Spin,
For a guy who hadn’t played since October following back surgery, he looked fine, if neither imposing nor particularly dangerous and probably a little tentative.
At 32 years of age with a lot of water under the bridge, this is Bertuzzi’s best chance to re-establish himself as a top-flight NHL attacker. The Red Wings, unlike the Canucks when Bertuzzi was in Vancouver, are a team that relies on skill, speed and experience to win games, and at his best Bertuzzi has always been more of a finesse player than a muscleman.
Whether he can produce enough to stay with Datsyuk will be interesting to see. Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play for the Wings last night, so there was ice time available for Bertuzzi to take in a variety of offensive situations.
Two days after Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock criticized goaltender Dominik Hasek for diving on a play that led to the winning goal for Calgary, the two cleared the air in a private meeting Thursday morning.
“We explained to each other what we feel about it,” Hasek said. “I don’t agree with him that I embellished or whatever he said, but we were talking about it and I don’t have any problems with the coach. He called the meeting and he explained to me everything. No problems, no bad feelings from him to me or me to him.”
Holmstrom & Bertuzzi trying to perfect the double screen tonight.
A few months ago, a lot of interest was generated in the stick Pavel Datsyuk has been using recently. Now, a little more info…
from the AP via the Centre Daily,
Datsyuk has been using the stick with seven strategically placed holes toward the bottom of the shaft since December. He says it has improved his game and enticed him to put more shots on goal.
The holes are meant to reduce wind resistance by more than 20 percent. And Datsyuk says it has made his shot more powerful and allowed him to block shots without breaking his stick during the middle of a shift.
However, there is one problem with the stick: “Now it’s colored green and black,” he said, jokingly. “What I need is (one that’s) colored red and black because I’m on the Red Wings.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In a year when the Red Wings got bigger, tougher and stronger — Todd Bertuzzi, their latest acquisition, is scheduled to make his debut Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets — they took a calculated risk by bringing back Hasek for one last hurrah. So far, his brittle bones and problematic groins willing, it’s worked out.
“Spending last summer in Toronto, people were almost laughing at us,” recalled Kris Draper, the team’s veteran centre, about the Red Wings’ off-season moves. “I was taking the brunt of it in the summer over us signing Dom. People were saying, ‘what’s your team thinking?’ Everyone kind of forgot, until his injury at the Olympics, he was as good as any goalie in the league.
from the Calgary Sun,
Call this one a gift from one of the greats.
The Calgary Flames can thank Dominik Hasek’s tribute to Keanu Reeves last night for helping the hosts out of a tailspin that threatened their playoff chances….
While Hasek tried to defend his juvenile actions after the game by suggesting he was walloped by someone’s elbow as two players fought for goalmouth position, a furious coach Mike Babcock would have none of it.
“It wasn’t interference at all—our goalie tried to draw the penalty and he dove and they shot it in the net,” spat Babcock, who said he’s warned Hasek of such well-known hijinks in the past.
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