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by George Malik on 06/03/11 at 11:09 PM ET
Of brief Red Wings-related note this evening:
• Alanah posted this earlier this afternoon, and I didn’t exactly take offense when Daniel Sedin told the Sporting news’s Nicklas Lidstrom that if Lidstrom were to retire, it wouldn’t surprise him because Lidstrom’s “old.” Lidstrom is 41—that’s not old in life terms by any stretch of the imagination, but yes, if you’re a professional athlete, 41 is “old”—and the only person who knows whether Lidstrom will retire is Lidstrom himself;
• Also in the, “it’s not an insult, it’s the truth” department, from the National Post’s Michael Traikos, who penned an article about the NHL Entry Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ perspective:
The Leafs are not the Edmonton Oilers, who have three selections in the top 31. The bulk of Toronto’s picks are in the sixth and seventh rounds. Unless you are lucky or happen to be the Detroit Red Wings, those types of prospects do not normally see the inside of an NHL dressing room.
• If you happen to find yourself in Grande Prairie, Alberta on June 21st, Wings coach Mike Babcock will attend a charity dinner to benefit Grande Prairie’s Edge Skill Academy North;
• I wish this had popped up on the radar screen earlier. The Dearborn Press & Guide reports that a charity golf tournament was held today to raise funds for a scholarship fund remembering Megan Darr Soroka, who lost her life during the Cheli’s Chili robbery in 2009. The Cheli’s Chili family is very tight and I’m sure that Chris was there;
• Shifting gears, big time, former Wing Dallas Drake made a snicker-worthy comment regarding his time with the Winnipeg Jets while speaking to the Trail Daily Times’ Jim Bailey:
“I had a great time,” said Drake. “I was only there for two years, was unmarried at the time with no kids, so it was relatively easy for myself. We had a young team and did a lot of things together as guys, because we were all single . . . it was fun for a lot of us at that time.”
I’m sure it wasn’t as bad as Fedor Fedorov’s earned reputation…During the lockout season, Sergei’s little brother drove around town in a white Hummer, wearing a full-length fur coat, and was a notorious drinker, carouser and occasional doobie-indulger.
• I know I’m going to get flak for it, but I seriously don’t believe the Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran’s suggestion that the Wings are interested in Brad Richards. The Wings need to spend their cap space on a Rafalski replacement, not an $8 million forward;
• Once again, this time via Sportsnet’s Mark Spector and the Ottawa Sun’s Chris Stevenson, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is no Tomas Holmstrom when it comes to tipping pucks while screening goalies:
[Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin] Bieksa said there are certain qualities a player needs to be effective in front of the net like Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom, recognized as one of the best around the blue paint.
“The guys who want to be there in front. Some guys are standing there just to be there because they’re told to and there’s other guys who want to be there,” Bieksa said. “A guy like Holmstrom wants to be there. You’re not going to move him and he’s got a great stick for tipping shots. When a guy has a really good stick in front, you really have to respect him.
• And there are caveats galore—I plan on staying in the cheapest hotel possible, I won’t eat any fancy dinners, and there’s going to be a “reader-only question day”—but I am officially asking for financial assistance in attempting to get to Traverse City for the Red Wings’ summer prospect tournament from July 7-14. The hotel rates are astronomical due to the fact that the city’s Cherry Festival is taking place at the same time, so seven or eight days’ worth of hotel bills might cost $900+, I’m guessing that the gas bill will be $250 or so (especially if it hits $5) and the food budget is somewhere between $100-150 for the week.
Here’s the Paypal button, and I believe you’ll have to use my email address, rtxg at yahoo dot com, to donate…please and thank you and this makes me feel really uncomfortable?
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