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Cassie Campbell of HNIC caught up with Draper to talk about the origination of this tradition.
“Hockey was such a part of my life, as well as my family’s, that I knew we were all going to miss it. For the first few weeks my son was in tears sobbing, ‘I miss you being a Red Wing daddy.’ I didn’t know what to say so we just cried together. Nobody prepares you for that kind of stuff.”
-Kris Draper on retirement. Robert Laura at Forbes did a story on star athletes retiring and Al Iafrate was also quoted.
“It’s hard to replace the passion you have for a sport. There aren’t many jobs that you retire from where you get to prove that you are the very best of the best in front of thousands and thousands of people every night.”
Back in the day when working at NHL.com, we used to joke that Kris Draper would call the office each week just to see if we needed anything. That’s how cooperative Draper was in getting the word out on hockey. There was no ego involved. Draper wasn’t trying to blow his own horn, instead speading the gospel of hockey simply by being helpful and friendly.
My colleague, John McGourty called Draper the best defensive zone, penalty-killing center ever upon learning Draper, 40, was retiring.
“Draper was the first guy I would go to the dressing room after practices,” McGourty remembered. “He would always introduce his new teammates to me and start conversations with them. He signed a Team Canada jersey from the 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournament for me for charity.”
Watch the press conference which is scheduled to start at 11:00am ET.
added 11:22am, Draper’s official retirement press release can be read below…
update 11:42am, Press conference is over.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper will have surgery for a sports hernia on Thursday and is expected to be out an additional four-to-six weeks, general manager Ken Holland said.
Draper saw Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia today. Meyers is a specialist who performed the same surgery on Draper three years ago (back then it was on his right side, now it’s on his left).
In cased you missed the earlier news, Johan Franzen has been cleared to play on Thursday against Calgary.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper will see a specialist in Philadelphia this week to determine if he needs sports hernia surgery….
Draper tried skating on Monday, after taking a few days off following a setback last week, but couldn’t finish practice.
“Not good,’’ Draper said. “I just went for a little twirl yesterday, felt all right. Then went at it today and felt pretty good and just tried to explode and take a couple of faster strides. That’s where I really felt it. Got off the ice.’’
Three years ago, he had his right side operated on. This time it’s the left side that’s troubling him.
“You figure it’s been over four weeks (since the initial injury), if things were going to take care of themselves and heal (they would have),’’ Draper said. “It’s frustrating.’‘
more on the Wings…
Draper wore a mic while on the ice during yesterday’s exhibition game.
“Nick (Lidstrom) was waiting and waiting, and Crosby didn’t come over to shake his hand. That’s ridiculous, especially as their captain, and make sure you write that I said that!”
-Kris Draper of the Detroit Red Wings. More on the Wings from the CP via TSN.
added 6:52pm, via the Detroit News,
...there was a response to Draper’s accusation from Tom McMillan, the Penguins’ vice president of communications.
“There’s nobody who respects the traditions of hockey more than Sidney Crosby,” McMillan told the Post-Gazette. “It was a young team celebrating its first Cup and some of the guys might have been a little late getting into the handshake line.”
There are photographs showing Crosby in the post-game handshake line.
Q. Can I ask you about home ice advantage in this series? The home team has obviously won all the games. Are match?ups that critical in this series, how big a part of the results that we’ve seen is that?
NICKLAS LIDSTROM: I don’t think match-ups has been the big issue. I think the team that has had home ice advantage has played really well at home. They’ve gained a lot of momentum from the crowd or what not. So I think just that in itself has helped the home team playing on their home ice.
I think match-ups in Games 3 and 4 wasn’t that big of an issue for us. Only a couple of times we didn’t have the match-up that we wanted when we started the shift. But otherwise we did a good job coming on and off the ice.
Q. Can you talk about the job that led to Pav coming back? That was the story, but he played pretty well especially in the early going there?
KRIS DRAPER: He was huge for us early on. They came out with a pretty great push, and Ozzie had to make some saves early. We had good battles that we had to win around the net. But after that, once Cleary scored, the team had to settle us down a little bit, and we were able to get into the way we want to play.
But our start, wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been from our team. And you give Pittsburgh credit, because they came in good.
Q. In what ways are Babcock and Bowman similar?
KRIS DRAPER: Similar? The passion to win. You know, Scotty at this time of the year was obviously the most successful coach of all time. And he always found ways to get the match-ups that he wanted.
I think Mike the last couple of years has done a great job bench coaching. But the one thing that you know from both coaches is that we always felt that we were prepared. That’s one thing that I know. Babs takes a lot of pride in just making sure that game?in and game?out that our hockey team is prepared and there aren’t any surprises.
You know, that’s exactly what he’s going to do over the next couple of days. He’s going to go over a ton of video to make sure that if there’s anything that we haven’t seen or that we need to do, that which make those changes and be prepared for Game 6.
from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,
As long as the Wings are winning, Draper will be watching. Babcock said he was reluctant to shuffle his lineup just to get Draper back in there. Babcock is not going to bench Justin Abdelkader or Darren Helm, who are playing better than some of their more famous teammates. Babcock could sit Ville Leino or Kirk Maltby again, but he apparently feels the team is better with them.
It is not entirely fair to say Abdelkader and Helm have surpassed Draper. First of all, while Draper is healthy enough to play, he is not 100%—he said Monday his groin injury is supposed to take two weeks to heal, and he “condensed it to seven, eight days because of the time of year.”
And second, it’s not like Draper suddenly was benched. Babcock has a good thing going and doesn’t want to tinker with it.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
“I’m preparing that I’m going to play,” said Draper, who hasn’t been in action since April 9 against the Nashville Predators. “When the docs come in, hopefully I get that green light. That’s what my preparation’s going to be. I hope to be a part of it (Thursday).”...
Team physicians will determine before the game whether Draper is ready to play. Then, it will be up to coach Mike Babcock to write Draper’s name on the lineup card. On Thursday morning, though, Babcock wasn’t prepared to answer the question as to whether Draper will dress.
“I don’t make those decisions,” Babcock said. “When the doctor makes those decisions at game time, then I can get involved. I said to Nick Lidstrom last night, how many (Game 7s) has he played in, and he said, ‘Four, maybe five.’ It’s an unbelievable opportunity and should be a lot of fun, so Draper probably wants to play and I don’t blame him.”
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
An undisclosed injury will keep Kris Draper sidelined for Games 1 and 2 of the Columbus series, at least. Draper was hurt during last Monday’s game in Buffalo. He tested his injury at the start of today’s practice, centering the fourth line, but near the end of the one-hour workout, Draper left the ice.
“This time of year, it’s not easy to handle, but it’s basically where we’re at right no,” said a glum Draper. “I just have to deal with this for Game 1 and Game 2 and we’ll go from there.”
With Draper gone, Darren Helm becomes the fourth-line center with Kirk Maltby and Tomas Kopecky on his wings.
The one problem with that scenario is that Dan Cleary left today’s practice injured, apparently hurt by a Niklas Kronwall hit into the boards during an early drill.
Find out what it is like to be a professional hockey player in this new series Day In The Life, premiering tonight on the NHL Network at 10:00 pm.
Share the Stanley Cup with Kris Draper.
But no indignity, real or rumoured, compares with what Draper’s newborn daughter Kamryn – diaperless – did to the Cup in June.
“A week after we won it, I had my newborn daughter in there and she pooped in the Cup,” said Draper. “That was something. We had a pretty good laugh.
“It was, well, clean it out. I still drank out of it that night, so no worries.”
more on Draper with the Cup in Toronto by Kevin McGrath of the Toronto Star…
Another Morning Line added 7:17am...
via Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
As for smaller market teams being forced to spend US$40-million to reach the salary cap floor when they’ve traditionally capped expenditures in the mid-to-low 30s, Nill offers one simple question.
“Isn’t that what revenue sharing is for?” Nill said. “Some teams that normally spent about $32-million are getting an additional $10 to $12 million in revenue sharing. That gets them to the $40-million.”
Q. Chris, could you talk about the mood of the team, maybe compare it as it is right now as to maybe immediately following the end of last night’s game?
CHRIS OSGOOD: We were all right after the game. We played hard. It was another great game. We just fell in the wrong end. That’s the way we looked at it. It was an end to end game. We had plenty of chances. It just didn’t happen. Sometimes it’s a game of bounces. It didn’t go our way, but we managed to fight back.
It didn’t happen. We have another opportunity tomorrow night, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.
via Helene Elliott at the LA Times,
Kris Draper called the penalty killers’ job “unbelievable.” He wasn’t exaggerating.
“You see the guys they throw over the boards,” he said “that was really the difference in the hockey game, us being able to kill that off.”
Zetterberg was asked whether that sequence was the best he’d played in his life.
“What part?” he asked, genuinely puzzled.
Update 1:11pm ET: Added another interview to this post. Below you’ll find words from Niklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg.
Q. Chris, this week all your teammates and coaches have been saying that your ability to bounce back from losses or bad goals and things like that is really one of your strengths. How do you do that so easily, and last night is a game that’s easier or tougher to get past?
CHRIS OSGOOD: It’s over. We didn’t come into the series thinking we were going to win four straight. We were hoping to. But to say we expected it to be a hard series would be right on. Just play the game tomorrow. I mean, the next day, just keep doing the same thing as I’ve been doing. That’s about it. I haven’t really put any thought into last night, this morning.
I thought it was a real good game. Both teams played real well, and somebody has to win and lose every night. We were on the short end last night.
Q. If I could get you both to comment on this. Mike Babcock came in this morning, the morning after a loss, jovial with the media and joking. Can you talk about the way he kind of sets the mood for the team and kind of understands when to go at you and when to give you your space and how his feelings for that kind of thing?
from the Detroit News,
Kris Draper left practice early Tuesday with a tight groin and definitely will miss Wednesday’s game in Chicago, and likely the final two games of the regular season, as well.
“I can’t imagine him playing until the playoffs,” coach Mike Babcock said.
more on the Wings…
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
Update from Thursday’s morning skate: Kris Draper will miss at least the next three games becuase of a slightly torn groin muscle. It happened during the western Canada trip a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t detected until he had an ultrasound on Wednesday.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
For more than a decade, they’ve filled a valuable role as defensively-dominant forwards who not only shut down the opposition, but drive them to distraction with their agitating antics.
After Draper and Maltby, the National Hockey League’s longest-running forward tandem is the New Jersey checking pair of John Madden and Jay Pandolfo.
They’ve been an item since 1999.
Draper and Maltby were first united three years earlier, embarking upon a relationship that is as symbiotic as it is long-standing.
“A brother from another mother,” is how Draper describes Maltby, his teammate for a dozen years and linemate for the vast majority of that time.
From Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily,
Kris Draper’s knee sprain will keep him out of the lineup for 10 days to two weeks. Today, he could just ice the knee and sit in the sauna.
Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t practice. His status is unknown for Thursday.
from the Calgary Herald,
...Because Detroit, too, is where Anders Eriksson got saddled with that nickname.
“I guess I had a large behind when I got there,” he was recalling after the Calgary Flames practice Sunday afternoon. “That was Kris Draper’s funny joke. First it was Big Swede, then Big Ass, then Bubble Butt, then Bubba. Now, most of the guys just call me Bubs. That’s the evolution of the whole thing. It’s stuck for 12 years.”