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“It’s still something that doesn’t make sense. The trade at the deadline didn’t make sense, the Devils’ signing him didn’t make sense. If you want to talk about team first and everybody plays for the team, why do you sign [a] player who’s not exactly known for that?
“If I want to make my team to the next level, that’s not the player I’m going to go after.”
-Bobby Holik on Ilya Kovalchuk. Via Elliotte Friedman of CBC where you can read more and his 30 Thoughts too.
frm Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Bobby Holik told The Post yesterday that he is retiring from hockey after 18 NHL seasons, 11 of those with New Jersey.
“I’m done. I’m retiring,” Holik said from his home in Wyoming. “I miss being with my family every day. I knew when the season ended, but I wanted to leave and get home first, and not make a big deal of it.
“A player is what I was. Now I’m a husband and a father.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils center Bobby Holik will require surgery on his broken right pinky and will miss three to four weeks, general manager Lou Lamoriello said today.
Holik was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win in Washington.
“He’s going to have surgery (Tuesday) and he’ll be out three to four weeks,” Lamoriello said. “That’s standard.”
more on the Devils…
from Rich Chere at NJ.com,
“It was a tremendous honor because my personality doesn’t necessarily fit to that position,” (Bobby) Holik said. “It didn’t change me. It’s something I value very highly as far as my career goes, but as the season went on I realized I’m not captain material because sometimes you have to be more politically correct or get along with people. Or not be too honest, because I feel you have to kind of keep the peace.
“I guess I’m just too blunt about some things. Or too honest. You’d think that would be a strength or a good thing about a captain, but not the way I am, I guess, sometimes. At least I don’t think it worked out that well there.”
from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,
“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”
One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.
via Sportsnet, Bobby Holik signs with the New Jersey Devils for 1 year, $2.5 million.
Update 7:12pm ET: From Tom Gulliti at Fire & Ice,
“Familarity and wanting to play for a team that can be at the top of their conference, wanting to play winning hockey at the end of my career,” Holik said in listing the reasons for returning to the Devils. “At this point in my career, I wasn’t going to start new somewhere else and when Lou (Lamoriello) called, it was like, ‘Why not?’ because I’m ready for it.”
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The Thrashers named veteran forward Bobby Holik captain on Tuesday.
Holik replaces the retired Scott Mellanby to become the sixth captain in team history. Earlier in training camp, Holik talked about the daunting task of replacing Mellanby inside the team dressing room.