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Paul posted DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's conversation with former Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski about what I guess we'll call a faith-based comeback, but you'll note that Rafalski told Roose that he doesn't plan on uprooting himself from the Fort Myers-Naples area at present...
Asked if the Wings showed interest in him playing for their ECHL affiliate in Toledo, Rafalski said: “I’m not leaving (Florida). I have too many commitments here right now. There are those things that would have to be address. My family is established here with my two boys in school. They’re not going anywhere.”
And ESPN's Scott Burnside added more context as to why Rafalski's doing what he's doing...
A father of three boys, Rafalski has been active in coaching youth hockey in the Sanibel Island area, not far from where the Everblades play. He approached the team about serving as chaplain when he and his family moved to Florida after his final NHL season.
For the past two years he has met with players on a weekly basis, often taking the group to lunch, a gesture that wasn't lost on young players not making a lot of money, coach Greg Poss told ESPN.com Friday.
As well as where Rafalski goes from here:
Anthony Mantha had a big return to the QMJHL after an unsuccesful-in-the-results-department World Junior Championship run with Team Canada (though he proved at least some of his detractors wrong along the way), scoring 2 goals in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 4-1 win over Drummondville last night.
His status as the QMJHL's leading scorer (with 37 goals, 38 assists and 75 points registered over the course of all of 33 games played) and statistical milestone-setter despite a 3-plus-week absence may be put into a little perspective, however, via this video from Hockey Prospect Videos, illustrating that Mantha's status as having genuine 30-to-35-goal-scoring potential does not change the fact that he's playing major junior hockey, not professional hockey--because pro hockey doesn't allow you to wind up and wait for a picture-perfect pass on a repeated basis:
from Helene St, James of the Detroit Free Press,
"We gave up two ugly goals," coach Mike Babcock said. "Anyway you look at it, with the team we have right now, we've got to play with real good structure, we've got to work real hard, and we've got to get good goaltending. We didn't get all of that, so you have no opportunity."
Howard, who made 44 saves Saturday at Dallas, got the hook after letting in four goals on 23 shots through two periods. He made a handful of saves early in the second period, but then allowed a bad goal to Andrew Desjardins that made it 2-1. Before long Joe Pavelski had netted his second of the game, and Dan Boyle put a rally out of reach with a power play goal.
"I thought Howie had his best game of the year last game," Babcock said. "Wasn't good enough."
Howard declined to talk to media.
Game highlights below...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
I've been sidelined for the past week and may miss a bit more time as going through the spin cycle at 45 miles an hour (on my way to the Winter Classic, no less) has left me with a concussion. As such, I really didn't need to watch Thursday night/Friday morning's 4-1 Red Wings loss to the San Jose Sharks to be left with a pounding headache...But I watched anyway.
I'm just baffled as to how the Wings could've not known that they were walking into the trap they so brazenly trapised into after four full days off. You would think they had to have known that no Datsyuk, no Franzen (concussion buddies forever!), no Helm and no Ericsson meant that the team had much less margin for error than usual.
You would think that they had to have known that adding in a little rust would mean getting off to a strong start (no dice) and staying out of the penalty box (phantom calls and dives or no phantom calls or dives).
You would think that everyone from Jimmy Howard on out would know that the Sharks would work the cycle down low and try to pick the corners of the net, and you would most certainly think that the Wings of all teams would know that Joe Pavelski loves nothing more than playing teams wearing red.
via the Florida Everblades,
Florida Everblades president and general manager Craig Brush, along with head coach Greg Poss, announced Thursday that the team has come to contract terms with long-time NHL defenseman and former Olympian Brian Rafalski.
Rafalski, 40, notched 515 points in 11 NHL seasons, split between the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings.
The Dearborn, Mich., native won three Stanley Cups: 2000 and 2003 with the Devils and 2008 with the Red Wings. He was also on the blue line for Team USA at the last three Winter Olympic Games, taking the Silver Medal in 2002 and 2010.
“I’m just excited to get back on the ice again and see where God takes me on this journey,” added Rafalski, who had retired from professional hockey following the Red Wings’ exit from the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Thanks to a Josh Rimmer tweet for the heads-up
added 7:10pm, via the Detroit Free Press,
“He played in the Winter Classic alumni game and got the bug,” Everblades coach Greg Poss said. “He wants to play in the NHL again.”
from Ansar Khan,
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has skated with his teammates the past two days but said he is having difficulty “processing the information that goes on” around him on the ice.
“Just everything; being out with 20 guys and the coach explaining stuff and the sound of pucks hitting sticks, it was just a big blur,” Franzen said Thursday after the morning skate the SAP Center.
That doesn’t sound encouraging, but Franzen said he is making progress, he’s headache-free and that didn’t rule out playing this weekend.
continued including updates on Helm and Datsyuk...
San Jose head coach Todd McLellan gives an update on his team, then talks Wings...
The Wings have hit the ice for their skate before tonight's game...
Wings morning skate at SAP Center. Datsyuk is skating, even though Babcock has ruled him out for tonight. Helm (possible) also skating.
More updates to come...
added 2:40pm, Khan again,
Helm not taking part in line rushes, so it looks like he won't be ready tonight but no official word yet.
added 2:42pm, Khan tweets,
Lines practicing with: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Miller-Abdelkader-Bertuzzi, Tatar-Andersson-Samuelsson, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves.
added 3:02pm, Khan...
Babcock confirms Helm is not playing tonight. DeKeyser in for Marchenko. Who will stay with team for the trip.
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