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On Thursday, SI's Allan Muir named Pavel Datsyuk the most exciting player in hockey. I've heard "The Magic Man" called "the player's player" as well, and having spoken with him on several occasions, I can sure as hell tell you that he may be the smartest man in hockey in terms of his overall intelligence.
He's pretty funny, too:
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall discussed the hit that sent him off on a stretcher during the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday evening, speaking with Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman from Denver...and as you might imagine, Kronwall chose not to blame Cody McLeod's reckless play for its concussion-inducing result (and what follows is roughly translated):
Thanks to an unnecessary and reckless hit, the Detroit Red Wings played without a concussed-but-okay Niklas Kronwall for the vast majority of what I certainly hope was a team-defining 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
The game had all the hallmarks of a Wings-Avs game: a fight, a stupid, stupid, stupid hit by Cody McLeod yielding a bizarre, "Okay, yeah, he hit the dude and is gonna get the gate, but let's give the Wings a penalty" set of rulings from an incredibly inconsistent set of officials, a Red Wings second-period collapse--and whlie I know that many of you will get down on Jonas Gustavsson, he's faced a ton of rubber, folks, and he's owed some "run support" given how badly the Wings have been out-shot of late--and of course fantastic performances from a "veteran" in Johan Franzen, a leader in Pavel Datsyuk and a "new kid" in Daniel Alfredsson...
As a fan, this win feels damn good, especially knowing that the Wings have denied Patrick Roy's Avs a franchise record-setting 7-and-0 record...But as a fan, it also doesn't feel right knowing that Kronwall may be out for some time.
Updated 10x with videos from both sides at 10:20 PM: Kronwall has a concussion but will not be hospitalized, is up and talking: Colorado Avalanche winger Cody McLeod roared in on the forecheck and smacked Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's neck into the dasher boards. Piece of shit got 5 and a game (offset by 2-minute "roughing" penalty to Ericsson) but Kronwall was stretchered off.
*#$%@& punk-ass should get suspended for multiple games. He knew what he was doing.
Updated 3x at 8:36 PM: Amongst the stories immediately ahead of tonight's game between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche (9 PM EDT, FSD/Altitude/1270 AM)...
The Red Wings' website posted its game-day preview, in which Ken Kal speaks with Danny DeKeyser, Luke Glendening (and Fox Sports Detroit's Mary Brady assured all of us that FoxSportsDetroit.com will post Chris Osgood's interview with Patrick Roy online):
In the Twitter department...
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids Griffins chose to honor something of a tradition by having their Calder Cup Championship banner made by the person who's made all of their banners...On a sewing machine at home:
When the Grand Rapids Griffins unveil the Calder Cup championship banner on Friday, Jenn Bellgraph and her sewing machine will be relieved.
Her weary Singer machine has been working as hard as she has from the living room of her Grandville family home to create the 10-by-14-foot display that will be hoisted into the rafters – or the closest thing to it – at Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins will celebrate last season’s AHL championship – the franchise’s first – with a ceremony before the 7 p.m. home opener against Milwaukee. It is one of three new banners to Griffins will display. The Griffins also won the Midwest Division in the regular season and were champions of the Western Conference.
Updated 4x at 4:15 PM: This should be interesting, per the Denver Post's Adrian Dater:
Patrick Roy and Chris Osgood went face-to-face at the Avalanche's morning skate Thursday, just like those bloody good old times. But you know the famous rivalry between them has cooled down when you realize that Roy, the Avs coach, was scheduled to sit down for an interview with Osgood, a Detroit television color analyst.
"I'm looking forward to it," Roy said after the Avs' morning skate at the Pepsi Center, where his unbeaten team will host the Red Wings. "We had some great battles together with the Red Wings, but at the same time it's going to be fun to do it."
The interview's slated to air on Fox Sports Detroit's pre-game show at 8:30 PM.
Per the Toledo Walleye:
Here's their press release:
Updated 12x at 4:21 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to tangle with the unbeaten (6-and-0) Colorado Avalanche tonight (9 PM, FSD/Altitude/1270 AM), it looks like it's going to be one of those hype-filled days...
Dater's referring to his story about the Avalanche's hopes of setting a team record while Roy takes what Dater describes as his "first swing" at Detroit while coaching the Avs, and the Denver Post suggested that the city's pro sports teams are without real rivals, necessitating a little old-rivalry-drumming-up for the sake of stirring the hornet's nest.
Updated 2xat 4:36 AM: While I made up for five hours of sleep at night with a wee afternoon nap, Paul noted that one Patrick Roy is preparing to welcome the Red Wings to town for what may be the team's biggest "barometer" game of the young season tomorrow.
It turns out that the Wings did not practice on Wednesday afternoon (thus the non-practice practice post), choosing instead to fly to Denver and acclimate to altitude instead of practicing before tomorrow's game against the 6-and-0 Avalanche (9 PM EDT, FSD/Altitude) and Saturday's rematch with the Coyotes (9 PM, FSD/FS Arizona: see also Phoenix delivering Detroit an embarrassing 4-2 loss last Thursday)...
And I don't care whether Patrick Roy's coaching the Avs or whether he's going to sign Claude Lemieux to a one-game pro try-out for tomorrow night's game. If you're not geared up to play a team that can establish a team record for its best start ever, and if you've had trouble against that team over the last 4 of 5 years (last season excluded), you sure as hell better be geared up to play the home and streak-wrecker.
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