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Of course, I learned a lot of new things. But working with him wasn’t easy and I’m not the only one who says that. It was complicated. He didn’t like the silence, he wanted that was always something that forced us to be on our toes.
I can’t say that no one loved him, but we didn’t feel many positive emotions. Within the team there was a huge concurrency. Everyone wanted to play. And we had such a great team for many straight years.
But at the end of my career I really didn’t expect to see such a different person. When he retired as a coach, he came to Detroit, to our locker room. And talking with him has been awesome. No one expected that he could be such a person. He surprised us all. It appeared that under his gross and sometimes inappropriate actions, phrases, words was hiding a kind, gentle, good-hearted man, a mentor with a capital letter.
-Sergei Fedorov on Scotty Bowman.
Fedorov did a recent interview on Russian radio and Alessandro Seren Rosso of The Hockey Writers has the full translation.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com who answers some questions from fans...
They've been targeting defensemen since the summer and I wouldn't count on general manager Ken Holland stopping until he gets one. They wanted Dan Boyle, but he went to the New York Rangers. Christian Ehrhoff was another one, but he went to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Now it's going to have to happen in a trade, and you've probably heard Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers come up in rumors with the Red Wings. TSN's Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman recently reported the Red Wings interest in Myers....
Detroit has other prospects that should interest most teams, including forward Landon Ferraro, defenseman Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet and Alexey Marchenko, and goalie Petr Mrazek. Myers could cost the Red Wings one, two or even three of those players, plus draft picks, but the Sabres might not go for that.
Either way, the Red Wings need a right-handed shooting defenseman, but they also need to be careful about what they pay to get one.
more on the trade talk plus Avs, Jets and other topics too....
No doubt, the refs have been told to make the calls.
Check this one on Nick Bjugstad...
Below, an incidental interference call on Justin Abdelkader...
Take this for what it is worth. Bob McCown, a well connected sports talk personality on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports just mentioned he has heard the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars are up for sale, stating the Ilitch's have made this known.
This all came about during a discussion with a caller discussing the Babcock to Toronto rumors.
The Babcock to Toronto was brought up again and the panel which inclueded John Shannon and Elliotte Friedman lean towards Babcock leaving the Wings for the Leafs and maybe assuming the GM position too.
The question remains will the Wings pay Babcock what he wants but he won't get the power he wants with Holland as the GM.
McCown brings up again that the Ilitch Family has put their enterprise up for sale and making retirement plans. Can't say how long it will take.
update 7:35pm, Turning this over to George of The Malik Report where you can listen to McCown.
The first 20 seconds or so of the video shows a few clips of the game...
“Gordie is, in my mind, the greatest ever. His numbers are outrageous and most of that was with the six teams, when it was a lot tougher. I don’t think there’s any question. Play any way you want to play…he was special.”
-Bobby Orr on Gordie Howe. More from Orr by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News including Orr warning the game is too fast.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Never mind that he has fewer Stanley Cup titles than either Joel Quenneville or Darryl Sutter, neither of whom is considered a better coach than Babcock.
He — like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty, the largest stars in hockey — has won two Olympic gold medals, under two vary different circumstances, the most recent a triumph to coaching and order in hockey.
Babcock has his one Stanley Cup ring, twice lost in the final, once in Anaheim, once to Crosby with Pittsburgh, but is generally considered the No. 1 coach in hockey. And, coming up, the top free agent coach in hockey history.
That’s what makes this season of Babcock-watching and speculation so fascinating. The basic truth is, if Babcock wanted to stay with the Red Wings, and considering his long-term history with general manager, Ken Holland, that deal would be made by now.
It would have taken about a half-an-hour to get that done.
from Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,
Hockey will be back in a few weeks, and that's pretty rad. Right now, we get "hockey."
Preseason games mean something to the guys who are playing in them, and the people who work at the arena, and the media that covers day-to-day events of the teams that are involved, and some of the people in the stands. For me — whose job consists in no small part of stuff like this — they mean nothing. I must create my own meaning. Life is what you make of it!
5:55 — On my way to Consol Energy Center for Penguins-Red Wings. However I felt on the ice at Staples Center in June, this is the opposite. I love hockey and I love my job. Just not in late September.
6:15 — Some scalpers a block down Fifth Avenue are yapping because they can't get $30 for their tickets. People will totally pay $20, though. Totally.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"When you do it every day for a couple of weeks we'll see how it feels," Alfredsson said. "Make sure it holds up and it's not just feeling good for a little bit and then you're in and out all year long. That's not what anybody wants.
"Every day it's been progressing good. As we push more and more it's going to be more telling."
Alfredsson will decide before the team leaves for training camp in Traverse City on Sept. 17 (on ice starting the 19th).
"If Alfie tells me he can't play hockey, my decision has been made," general manager Ken Holland said. "If Alfie tells me he feels great, and he wants to play hockey then we have to sit down and talk.
"He wants to play. He wants to be fair to the Detroit Red Wings. And he wants to put himself through an everyday test that starts this week."
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