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Darren McCarty has signed with the IHL’s Flint Generals. The IHL consulted with the NHL before approving the deal.
The Generals play the Muskegon Fury tomorrow night. McCarty is expected to be in the lineup.
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added 9:02pm, from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
According to a league source, McCarty met recently with the Red Wings’ brass and a plan was outlined to see if he could fast track his way back to the big leagues.
It’s a no-risk proposition for the Wings, who recognize that if McCarty, an unrestricted free agent, still has what it takes to play in the league, he gives them a physical presence and would make Detroit a much unfriendlier opponent.
The scenario is very familiar to the winter of 1996, when the Wings rescued Joe Kocur from the beer leagues of Michigan and installed him on a very effective checking line with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby during Detroit’s Stanley Cup wins of 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Of course, if you read Abel to Yzerman, you knew this about 4 days ago…
from the Brockton Enterprise,
The names may be changed, but the basic story will be familiar to youth hockey teams from Brockton and Fredericton, New Brunswick, who met under stressful circumstances back in March of 2003, a day after the United States began bombing Iraq.
The short-lived tension began when the Brockton teams witnessed anti-American protests while in Canada for a hockey tournament and returned battered, not by the action on the ice, but by the scenes on the streets.
But, by year’s end, the Boxer PeeWee team was back in New Brunswick, this time as guests of the University of New Brunswick in cooperation with the city’s youth hockey program.
This movie aired a few days ago in Canada and you can watch a video story…
Slap Shot blog at the NYT will be live blogging the Sweden/Russia WJC game which starts at 10:00am ET today.
To follow the play-by-play commentary of the World Junior Championship semifinal match, LIVE, as it happens at the ČEZ Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic, click “more” and then refresh like crazy. Jeff Z. Klein describes the action.
Don’t forget this game and the USA/Canada game at 2:00pm can be viewed on TSN and the NHL Network in the USA.
From The New York Times Slapshot blog,
Many hockey figures, young and old, passed away in 2007. Some were internationally renowned, some were locally famous and some appeared only briefly in hockey’s lower ranks, but all were and always will be part of the game. The roll call below of those departed was compiled by the Society for International Hockey Research…
From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,
New NHLPA boss Paul Kelly arrived at his first world under-20 championship on Wednesday to mix and mingle with NHL scouts and general managers as well as IIHF officials. One of the causes he has championed since he took over his office on lower Bay St. in Toronto was to better market hockey in the United States.
He should have a chat with the people that run USA Hockey. For the second year in a row, Canada and the U.S. will meet in the semifinals at the world junior and for the second straight year hockey’s governing body down south made available for interviews after practice only three players and coach John Hynes.
Brad Holland of NHL.com is working hard, covering the WJC in Prague!!!
A nice quiet New Years, with the people I love in a foreign country. Sounds nice, safe, and quiet, doesn’t it? I thought so.
A photo of our group, who braved the cold and the crowds in the Prague to take in the downtown fireworks, is on the group profile.
What I wasn’ prepared for was perhaps the most amazing, awe-inspiring, incredible disregard for public safety in my life. The result? Well, I can’t lie…
It was the best fireworks display I’d ever seen.
Brad is 2nd from the left in the picture and you can read all of his WJC blogs here.
from the blog of Jamie McLennan at the Hockey News,
We have also been experiencing some neat things here. The first night here the team threw a party for us at a local restaurant. The whole organization, including coaches, managers as well as company executives, were present and they proceeded to welcome us with speeches and some of the local traditional drinks (Sake).
It was quite exciting until they asked us to stand up and make a speech. The quickest thing I could come up with was having the translator explain how Nasher would need a windshield off an old car for a visor.
The boys seemed to enjoy that as we proceeded to the next stop, a karaoke bar, where we dominated the microphone for hours.
from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,
But there is a way for the NHL to make all games meaningful again: more competitions, beyond just the Stanley Cup. It’s not a new idea — soccer was going through a similar crisis of fan and media interest 25 years ago. But after it developed this concept, interest in soccer boomed, clubs became enormously wealthy and the sport prospered as it never had before.
Here’s how the NHL can invest the hockey season with meaning for fans and media, not just at playoff time, but throughout the entire calendar.
1. Commit fully to the Victoria Cup.
2. Make the Presidents’ Trophy a one-off championship game.
3. Create a new season-long cup competition, open to all pro clubs in North America.
from the Detroit Free Press,
“When Mac came back into town, probably about a month ago, he gave me a call and expressed interest that he wanted some help and wanted to get back to the NHL,” Draper said Sunday by phone. “The last three weeks before Christmas, he spent at CORE training every day.”
Draper was convinced after their hourlong lunch last month that McCarty was serious about returning to the NHL.
“I hadn’t talked to him, really talked to him, in like three years,” Draper said. “Last couple years have been frustrating and disappointing for him. I don’t know if it was coming back to the city ... maybe he got that passion again.”
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