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The fourth annual Bob Probert Ride took place on Sunday, and the Blackburn News's Ricardo Veneza reports that all went well:
“Don’t get it wrong, it was Proby’s [Bob Probert] tears early on because he couldn’t be here, then he opened it up for us,” says Darren McCarty, the former Detroit Red Wings enforcer and friend of the late Bob Probert commenting on the beautiful weather riders enjoyed after an early morning worry rain may be in the forecast.
“Great love in this area, not only for Proby [Probert], but the family and for a great cause,” says McCarty. “You put that together with a great day and everybody loves the ride.”
McCarty called the day “picture perfect” as he took part in his first ride as part of the event raising money for cardiac care in Windsor-Essex in honour of Probert.
Unofficial fundraising totals show the 4th annual event has raised at least $80,000. The first three editions of the event raised a total of more than $260,000.
The Windsor Star posted a photo gallery from the event--the "ride captain" for this year's event was actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood--the CTV News Windsor posted a 2-and-a-half minute video report, and if you missed it, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff had a great chat with Brogan and Tierney Probert, Bob's daughters.
The Red Wings released their 2014-2015 preseason schedule on Thursday, and they the identity of their regular season home-opening opponent (Boston) on Friday. Today, the Red Wings (and the NHL) released the balance of their 2014-2015 schedule.
Here's the sked in visual form:
I hate playing "quash the trade rumor" at all, but it's that time of year so:
- Per (Chris) Nichols on Hockey:
John Thornton, the agent for San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, told TVA Sports' Louis-André Larivière on Sunday that despite all of the reported interested in his client from around the NHL "San Jose is the only team on his list."
The agent also hinted at what he's recently said, that Joe Thornton - who holds a full no-movement clause in his contract - would consider leaving if he felt the fans of San Jose didn't want him there.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will make its decisions as to who will make the cut for its 2014 Induction Class on Monday at 3 PM EDT (on TSN2), and there's no doubt that one former Red Wings goalie will receive a call from the Hall's Selection Committee--Dominik Hasek's a shoo-in, and the only reason he'll be inducted this November involves the fact that Hasek un-retired for a third time to play one season with Pardubice HC and another with Spartak Moscow between 2009 and 2011. In fact, after taking the 2011-2012 season off, Hasek had hoped to make yet another comeback at 47, but he received no offers to play as a starting goaltender.
As time fades on Hasek's three tenures and two Stanley Cup wins in Detroit, more hockey observers are willing to use a slightly less delicate term to describe Hasek's myriad eccentricities (from meticlous nail-clipping to allowing exactly one person to lace his catch gloves to laying all his gear out in front of him in a beat reporter-unfriendly heap after games) as "nuts," but those who played with and put up with Hasek also insist that he was a consummate professional.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer, Kirk Maltby and Ken Holland about Hasek's tenure(s) with the Wings, and they all suggested that Hasek was nothing less than a tactician
I missed a couple of days due to sinus bug, and my immune system picked the wrong days to miss!
Between Thursday and this morning, the Red Wings released their preseason schedule and the date of the team's home opener--the rest of the 2014-2015 season's schedule will be released today (the Free Press's Helene St. James Tweeted that it will be released at 4 PM EDT)
On Thursday, the Wings unofficially re-signed Jonas Gustavsson to a 1-year contract extension in the $1.5 million range;
The Wings also officially bought out Jordin Tootoo;
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings quest for the 12th Stanley Cup in franchise history begins on Thursday, Oct. 9, when the Boston Bruins, the defending Presidents’ Trophy winners, pay a visit to Hockeytown for a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Joe Louis Arena.
In conjunction with Opening Night, all fans in attendance will receive a 2014-15 Red Wings magnet schedule, courtesy of Belle Tire, as Detroit and Boston meet in a rematch of last year’s opening round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
One of Brogan Probert’s fondest memories involving her father has nothing to do with hockey.
It was the day he decided to give her an impromptu driving lesson.
“We were out in the county in our 454 Chevelle SS,” recalled Bob Probert’s oldest daughter.
She got out of the car and switched seats with her dad, taking the wheel.
“He told me to floor it,” Brogan said. “I was 12 years old.
“That’s one of my favourite memories. It was a great one.”
Preserving the memory of their father, the former Detroit Red Wings tough guy who died of a heart attack at the age of 45 in 2010, is of paramount importance to the four Probert children – daughters Brogan, 19, Tierney, 17 and Declyn, 14, and twin brother Jack – and their mother Dani.
Ken Daniels joined Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon show and the interview started off with some Bill Peters talk but quickly turned into Wings talk.
Worth a listen as Daniels joined Jeff Marek, Doug MacLean and Brad May.
The link takes you to the full podcast but the Daniels segment starts at the 15:45 mark.
via Mike Stone of CBSDetroit,
According to Pierre Lebrun of TSN’s hockey insiders the Red Wings are among the teams that have called the San Jose Sharks about the possibility of acquiring Joe Thornton.
He will be 35 next month and is due to make $6.75 million for each of the next three seasons.
I would only be interested in him if the Wings did not have to give away any of their young talent. He is coming off an 11 goal season, and his goals per game was 0.13 which is the third straight season it has dropped. In fairness his assists per game of .079 was the highest since the 2009-2010 season.
Thornton would definitely help this team, but I do not think he is worth the price in both salary and what the Wings would have to give up to get him.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
“Mike Babcock’s done a good job in finding replacements when we’ve lost people,” Holland said. “I’ll talk to him in the next day or two. We’ll start out by exchanging ideas. I’m sure some people will reach out to us and tell us that they’re interested in the job in Detroit and we’ll slowly find a replacement.”...
“I’m sure Mike is thinking about it right now,” Holland said. “I’m in no rush. There have been so many people let go in the industry the last month I’m sure there’s a few looking for another opportunity. And I’m sure there are people with real good experience in the American League or juniors that would like an opportunity. We’ll have some good candidates and we’ll eventually find somebody.”
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