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from James Cook of the Traverse City Record-Eagle,
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals will be a big advantage for the Detroit Red Wings.
And not necessarily because of the crowd, says former Red Wing and Traverse City resident Dallas Drake.
“The matchups are probably the most important thing,” Drake said Tuesday. “They get last (line) change and get certain people on the ice against certain people. That makes a lot more difference than a lot of people give it credit for. (Pittsburgh coach) Dan Bylsma is able to get who he wants out there and keep (Sidney) Crosby away from (Henrik) Zetterberg, so it makes a big difference.”...
Crosby has long been the NHL’s darling, compared by many as the next Wayne Gretzky. Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been one of the most potent one-two punches in the NHL this season, but neither factored into Tuesday’s scoring as Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg shut down the duo.
“I think the NHL would love to see Crosby win a Stanley Cup,” Drake said. “I don’t know why they don’t promote Datsyuk and Zetterberg as much as they promote those guys. But they just don’t.”
“My goal with my kids is for them to play beer league hockey when they get older.”
Dallas Drake shares his thoughts on how to give kids “a love of the game that will last a lifetime.”
After 16 years, Drake has his day with the Stanley Cup.
Watch the video below…
From the Free Press:
Red Wings forward Dallas Drake will retire after raising the Stanley Cup last month for the first time in his 16-year career.
Drake announced his retirement today.
Last month’s victory over Pittsburgh was Drake’s first championship in 15 seasons in the NHL.
Update 2:35pm ET: From Craig Custance at The Sporting News:
“I couldn’t imagine finishing out on a better note,” said Drake who will pick up the Stanley Cup for his time with it today.
From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,
Holland said he expects veteran forward Dallas Drake to decide about retirement in the next two weeks.
plus more notes on the Wings future
*hat-tip to Spector who summarizes all the latest rumors & news on Brian Rolston, Darcy Tucker, Jose Theodore, Brendan Morrison, Derek Roy and others today.
From George Sipple at the Free Press,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will be on the golf links soon, but he has some business to take care of the next few days. Holland hopes to meet with goaltender Dominik Hasek and forward Dallas Drake to gauge their interest in returning next season before he leaves for Thursday’s NHL awards show in Toronto.
Holland also will talk with defenseman Chris Chelios, who needs to have his injured knee scoped in the off-season.
“I have every intention of coming back,” Chelios said. “It’s never been a money issue, so we’ll figure it out and hopefully we’ll be back in this stall again.”
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Once upon a time, the Blues and Red Wings had a pretty spirited rivalry.
Once upon a time, St. Louis possessed a more consistently competitive team than Detroit did.
More recently, though, the Red Wings have operated a juggernaut while the Blues struggled through an ownership change and the first prolonged funk in franchise history. While the Red Wings added more banners to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, the Blues started over from scratch.
It hasn’t been a happy time for local hockey fans. Watching Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Co. hoist the Cup, again, had to be galling for those who bleed Blues
But you had to be happy for former Blues captain Dallas Drake, right?
from Dennis Chase of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, “
It was a dream come true season,” the Traverse City area resident said. “You dream about having the chance of carrying the Stanley Cup around the ice, over your head. My dream was no different than a lot of other kids.”
Drake said the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup was a major reason he signed with the Wings, even though it meant time away from his family, who remained in Traverse City during the season.
more on Drake…
From John Niyo at the Detroit News,
...afterward Maxime Talbot talked about looking into the 42-year-old Roberts’ eyes “and you’re kind of scared, you know, like, ‘Oh, my God, that guy’s intense!’ ”
“He certainly has provided a spark and some energy,” Cleary admitted. “He’s a gritty guy and he was a big influence on that winning goal. But we have guys that’ll hit and get in there and get dirty, too.”
One of those guys, Dallas Drake, was on the receiving end of a pair of Orpik’s hits in that highlight-reel shift Wednesday. Drake, though, had a shift just like it in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, and tonight he’ll undoubtedly look to introduce himself to his old friend, Mr. Roberts.
Dallas Drake’s first Stanley Cup Final game is finally going to happen in the 15th year of his career. From Scott Erskine via Yahoo!,
“Last summer, I didn’t know if I was going to play anymore,” said Drake, whose Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Finals on Saturday. “I was very fortunate the way things worked out with me and Detroit. I didn’t know if my career was over or not (after leaving St. Louis). I knew I still wanted to play, it was just a matter of, I wanted to play for a team that had a chance to win a Stanley Cup.
“So it’s a huge thrill for me. You think about (playing in the Finals). Sometimes you’re laying in bed at night and you can’t get it off our mind. But yeah, I’m not going to lie to you - I thought about never winning it, and it bothered me quite a bit.”
via Red Wings Corner,
Dallas Drake has a fractured cheekbone—caused by the Kyle McLaren hit early in Thursday’s game in San Jose—and has flown home to Detroit. Drake will be examined by doctors Monday to determine his status. He won’t be with the team for Saturday’s game in Phoenix.