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via Michael Russo tweet,
Hearing John Madden signs with @FlaPanthers tomorrow
from Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune,
He’s been asked to tell the story so many times that at first you get a little roll of the eyes.
But it’s there, a movie-of-the-week tale that begins in Toronto’s poverty-stricken Parma Court housing projects 37 years ago.
John Madden, who has joined the Wild—coming to Minnesota with three Stanley Cup championships in his past—will tell you that a difficult childhood and a life spent proving that a 5-11, 190-pounder has a place in the NHL will give you an edge. It’s just that he doesn’t want to make too big a deal of it.
“It’s true,” said Madden, whose parents had divorced by the time he was 10, when asked about learning hockey on a flooded basketball court, about looking out for himself while his mom worked two jobs, about how he had to carry his bag onto the bus, and then the Toronto subway, just to get to games when he was 12.
from Glen Andersen of Wild.com,
It sure looked like the Minnesota Wild had its roster set for the 2010-2011 season. There were rumors that Mike Modano might return to the birthplace of his NHL career, but that idea (however far-fetched) was squashed by him signing with his hometown Detroit Red Wings.
But General Manager Chuck Fletcher wasn’t finished rounding out his roster for 2010-11. Fletcher often talks about finding character, grit and leadership when acquiring players. On Friday, he found a guy that epitomizes all of those qualities, and he’s got one more. He wins.
Fresh off winning his third Stanley Cup, John Madden agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Wild. His presence provides more depth at a position that is typically the toughest to fill for NHL teams.
“We’ve accomplished nothing. The Cup stuff is fine because we have a very good team and we have a legitimate shot. But let’s take it in steps. Today was an education. The only difference is we didn’t have to pay tuition. With our record being what it is, this loss didn’t cost us much. Down the road, we’ll probably view it as a crucial lesson.”
-John Madden of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to Detroit today. More on the game from Christopher Botta of NHL Fanhouse.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
John Madden has won two Stanley Cup championships with the Devils and remains one of the club’s key veteran forwards, but he hasn’t spoken to GM Lou Lamoriello yet about a new contract and will therefore test the market on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.
In a conversation Monday, Madden said he wouldn’t rule out re-signing with the Devils but doesn’t have any talks with Lamoriello scheduled.
“I think either way I’ll end up going to July 1st. I’ve waited this long. I might as well see it through for the next couple of weeks,” Madden told me.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Does he feel wanted here?
“Yeah,” Madden responded.
Has he felt that way all season?
There are, of course, those who wonder if Madden has lost something. Is he the same player?
“Tough question. Yes, I am, but I think my role changed so I had to be a different kind of player,” Madden said.
Might he be over-the-hill?
“No. In fact, I don’t believe that at all,” he said. “And I’ll prove it.”
more on the Devils
via Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Like local kids who idolized Mickey Mantle or Derek Jeter, John Madden had his hero as a youngster in Ontario - Doug Gilmour of the Maple Leafs.
When Madden arrived from college for his first Devils training camp in 1997, there was Gilmour, acquired by New Jersey from the Leafs during the previous season. In that moment, Madden was an awestruck hockey fan.
“He was pouring himself a coffee and I was just waiting. He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want a cup? Here, take this one,’ ” Madden recalled. “You wouldn’t believe how many phone calls I made back home to tell my friends and my family.”
from Tom Gulitti of the Record,
After a down 2006-07 season, Madden decided to make some changes. With some guidance from his wife, Lauren, who is a nutritionist, he refined his diet last summer and dropped 10 pounds.
“The main reason was just to be healthier,” said Madden, who will try to help the Devils snap their three-game losing streak tonight in his native Toronto. “The game has changed, so I had to change a little bit. When you get older, in general, you have to change your eating habits.”...
He cut out fast food and switched from drinking soda to cranberry juice and water. He also learned the importance of a good breakfast. In the past, he might have skipped breakfast at home and grabbed something unhealthy later in the day.
From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,
John Madden said it is very unlikely he will be in the lineup tonight at the Prudential Center because of the risk involved with the skate cut on his right ankle.
“It’s just in a bad spot,” Madden said yesterday after missing a second straight day of practice. “There would definitely be contact with my ankle. Where the cut is, it keeps rubbing. Who knows what could happen?”
If the cut is reopened and with sweat inside his skate boot, Madden’s ankle could become infected and he would be lost for a much longer period of time. That’s a risk the Devils would rather not take.
...and more on the race in the Atlantic Division.
from the Staten Island Advance,
With new coach Brent Sutter refusing to play the kind of passive, line-matching style that has made the Devils targets of criticism around the league for years, the harness is off Madden. His two goals were instrumental in the Devils’ 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers Saturday night and suggested that this could be the start of a new Madden.
“I try to score goals as much as anybody,” Madden said. “Have I been put into position to score goals? No, but things have changed.”