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by George Malik on 02/09/12 at 11:47 PM ET
Red Wings legend and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman supposedly put his skates in his garage shortly after he retired, and hasn’t skated on that cartilage-free right knee since, so as I begin to delve into what’s going to be a late evening’s worth of work relating the MSM’s news from today’s Red Wings-Maple Leafs Winter Classic pressers, let’s get this out of the way: Yzerman does not plan on taking part in the alumni game, as he told MLive’s Ansar Khan...
“It will be a fantastic event with two great organizations at a storied venue. The perfect location and matchup, this is wonderful for the NHL. At this time, I don’t plan on participating in the alumni game but hope to watch the Outdoor Classic on TV.”
And the Detroit News’s Eric Lacy, who reports that Kris Draper—who just happens to be taking part in his first game as a member of the Wings’ Alumni Association this weekend in Muskegon—plans on at least attempting to convince Yzerman to lace up his skates for one more game:
Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman, nicknamed “The Captain,” said Thursday in a statement e-mailed to The Detroit News that he doesn’t expect to play in the alumni game, but still will pay plenty of attention to the Jan. 1 Winter Classic between the Red Wings at Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
“It will be a fantastic event with two great organizations at a storied venue,” Yzerman said of the Jan. 1 game. “The perfect location and matchup, this is wonderful for the NHL.
“At this time I don’t plan on participating in the alumni game but hope to watch the (Winter) Classic on TV.”
Earlier Thursday, Wings GM Ken Holland had expressed hope that Yzerman would participate: “Hopefully we’ll get him. I haven’t talked to him.”
Former Wing Kris Draper said he’s been recruiting Yzerman for the game.
“I’m working hard on him,” Draper said. “I guess we’ll see.”
Yzerman didn’t explain in the statement why he likely won’t play in the alumni game.
He hasn’t skated and he can’t run, literally, because of the way the osteotomy he underwent realigned his knee, so it’s going to be a hard sell to get the Captain to endure bone on bone pain again, even for the sake of nostalgia and representing the Winged Wheel one more time.
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