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USA Today engaged in an intriguing exercise this morning, having Calgary Flames president Brian Burke pen a "guest column" in support of fighting, USA Hockey's Michael J. Stuart and the Mayo Clinic's David W. Dodick and Aynsley M. Smith pen a guest column aruging for the abolishment of fighting in hockey, and USA Today's Kevin Allen speaking with NBC Sports' Keith Jones, NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider and one former Red Wings scrapper Darren McCarty about the fact that fighting's dropped by about 20% this season:
"There are fewer heavyweights now and fewer guys willing to fight, and it just seems like fighting isn't used as a deterrent the same way it was in the past," retired NHL tough guy Darren McCarty said.
A rule was introduced this season mandating visor use for all new players entering the NHL. Plus, players receive an additional penalty if they take their helmets off to fight. That rule was designed to protect players' heads if they fell during a fight.
"It's more inconvenient now, and I wonder if that has had an effect on it," said former NHL player Keith Jones, now an NBC analyst. "Now a little more thought process has to go into it, rather than the quick reaction."
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper expects former linemate Darren McCarty to “call it as he sees it” as a guest analyst for Versus on Nov. 23. Versus will carry the Wings’ game at Nashville.
“I saw him a couple weeks ago in Troy, and he was hoping to get an opportunity to go into TV,” Draper said.
Did McCarty say he was officially retired as a player?
“He was basically talking like he was finished,” Draper said. “I don’t know if he’s made anything official yet, but that’s how it sounded.”
Draper couldn’t resist a friendly jab.
“I think his looks are definitely more for radio than television, but I think he’s going to do a good job,” Draper said.
from Robert Snell of the Detroit News,
Former Detroit Red Wings star Darren McCarty, who won his fourth Stanley Cup ring in 2008 after recovering from alcoholism and a high-profile bankruptcy filing, has new money problems.
The IRS last week accused him of failing to pay $62,189 in federal taxes.
That’s the latest personal challenge facing the rugged, fan-friendly forward who became part of Detroit sports lore through his grinding style, charitable acts and legendary battles with Colorado’s Claude Lemieux.
from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
McCarty is happy to do whatever the team asks of him at this most important time of year. “To fill a role and to be a part of it is an honour,” McCarty said. “Obviously, you’d like to play and be part of it on the ice, but that’s not the way it’s been meant to be so far. This time’s a little different. It’s sort of on the outside looking in, but that’s not how it feels to me. It’s just nice to be a part of it.
“The bottom line is to win. That’s what this organization is all about. Just to be here and be at the finals again, it’s exciting. Everybody does their little part to chip in when they can.”
McCarty, 37, says he feels like a proud papa as he watches his Grand Rapids teammates like Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Ville Leino and Justin Abdelkader fill important roles along Detroit’s latest drive to the Cup.
The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on waivers on Tuesday.
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.
In other transaction news [TSN]:
Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.
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Osgood gets interviewed by McCarty and creates a new word. Is the spelling correct?
Noted by Rick Sadowski in the Rocky Mountain News:
Red Wings forward Darren McCarty is convinced Forsberg will play.
“I’m pretty sure, unless Forsberg’s leg’s going to fall off, he’ll probably be in there for Game 3,” McCarty said. “They’re a veteran team. They’re well-coached and they’ve got guys that have been in different situations like this before. It’s not like they’re a young team.”
Mike Valenti of 97.1 fm, the Wings flagship station… A caller asked what about Mac coming back, what will he do to help the Wings?
Valenti: “Nothing. Why did Calgary get rid of him, why did Atlanta get rid of him? You need to ask that question first! Enjoy your memories, because that is all you got. The guy don’t got nothing left.”
According to Chris Chelios, who was just on WDFN, Darren McCarty is back in Detroit and said he would not be surprised to see Darren with the team tomorrow.
A2Y will probably have more on this later this evening.
Scott Morrison of HNIC did a nice feature yesterday on Darren McCarty. To view it, click here, then go to CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, then scroll down to Darren McCarty.
Every hockey fan should enjoy the video!
Also, the Wings have offered Mac a contract and Holland is waiting to hear back from his agent.
A great interview this morning with Darren McCarty, now playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
from Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press,
Smoking marijuana, McCarty said, had become “my escape.”
“It was sort of like I didn’t have to deal with anything,” he said. “And I was functional. You wouldn’t be able to tell if I was high or if I wasn’t. I was depressed, big-time. I just wanted to sleep. I just wanted to be by myself—or not around people that care about me.”
After speaking with his ex-wife, McCarty left the hydroplane races that July day and did what he needed to do. He entered rehab for three months. (McCarty said he wants to keep the name and location of the program private.)
“I finally faced things that I needed to face,” McCarty said. “I firmly believe that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. But for me, I needed to pretty much lose almost everything to realize what was important. I’m one of those people.
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 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.”
Darren McCarty is going to attempt to get back into the NHL through the IHL.
Brendan Savage of The Flint Journal is reporting that McCarty is close to signing with the Flint Generals.
from Rob Parker of the Detroit News,
It was only fitting McCarty was at Tuesday night’s Wings 5-3 victory over the Flames at The Joe. McCarty played for both teams—he was with Calgary the last two seasons. A free agent, McCarty still loves the game and hasn’t given up the idea of playing again.
“I want to play, for sure,” McCarty said. “I’d like to give it a shot and catch on with somebody and play. I think I can still play, I still think I can bring something to the team—that intangible stuff, leadership, a spark.”