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A little ranting and raving from crazy George

For discussion's sake thanks to a panic attack (still working on that stupid-ass depressive episode thing):

  • My pal Courtney wouldn't be happy if I chose to omit this: Perani's Hockey World gave all but last-second notice that Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson will be signing autographs from 12-1 tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 1st, at Perani's Livonia location;


  • Thank you for all your replies to yesterday's entry. Yes, for those of you who dug into me for my pro-NHLPA bias, I am the fat, bald, moustachioed straight male version of Rachel Maddow when it comes to NHL-NHLPA relations, and TMR is the CNBC of hockey blogs in terms of its openly pro-player bias. The owners have every right to make money and be filthy stinking rich. Hell, I don't know about you, but I'm frickin' desperate to go to Joe Louis Arena and happily give someone money to the Wings players be allowed to skate on that Al Sobotka's ice...

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The doomsday clock continues to tick toward the inevitable cancelation of the 12-13 season

I see that the lockout doomsday clock now reads 11:50 PM. After the Board of Governors meet to tacitly approve the cancelation of the 2012-2013 season, some progress may be made in a last-ditch effort to save the season...

But I doubt much will get done until the last bit of leverage Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the Board can take off the negotiating table is gone, and we're talking about no NHL hockey taking place until October 2013 at the earliest.

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There are worse things than being known as ‘Tinky Winky’ for the rest of your hockey career

Both the Chief and I weighed in on Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan's arrest after what was most likely the Grand Rapids Griffins' team Halloween party on October 29th. Deadspin is making fun of him. Hockeysverige's Uffe Bodin's taking note of the Tinky Winky arrest. It was mentioned on the local news here in Detroit, too.

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On the Sheahan arrest and what it might mean for the Griffins’ players

As Paul noted, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner's FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the Grand Rapids police produced a rather worrisome arrest report indicating that Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was severely intoxicated and attempting to use Brendan Smith's driver's license when he was pulled over "super-drunk" after the Grand Rapids Griffins' team Halloween party.

Here's my take on the situation:

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Arrest Report For Riley Sheahan

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Sheahan, the Red Wings top pick in the 2010 NHL draft, was wearing a purple Teletubby costume when he was pulled over shortly before midnight on Oct. 29 for driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler the wrong way on Ottawa Avenue NW, near Pearl Street.

Police initially believed they had arrested Smith before learning later in the night that it was Sheahan.

The report reads:

“Riley had a Michigan driver’s license in the license window in his wallet, which is what Officer Dyer used as his ID. Deputies found Riley’s Canadian license in the wallet after it was turned in with his property and he kept telling them his name was Riley.

“Riley is only 20 and I asked him if he had Branden’s (sic) ID so he could get in the bars. He shook his head yes and stated ‘yea.’“

The report did not indicate how Sheahan got Smith’s ID.


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Mediation means jack and squat given that neither side really wants to negotiate

They're rather gloomy, but especially given Todd Bertuzzi's wise words about a season that I regrettably believe will be canceled shortly after the Board of Governors meet on December 5th, here's my take on the news that U.S. federal mediators will be taking part in an attempt to break the deadlock between the NHL and NHLPA.

There's something wrong with a country that might screw over everybody due to promises made to a man named "Grover," but still...

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Danny Cleary’s not thrilled with the NHL’s win-at-all-costs mentality, and neither am I

I'm still working through a depressive episode to come back to work and cover what seems more likely than not to be a second "NHL season that wasn't." Red Wings forward Danny Cleary attended the NHL and NHLPA's meetings in New York today, and he delivered some bummerific commentary to the Free Press's Helene St. James when discussing the NHL's out-of-hand dismissal of the NHLPA's CBA proposal:

After attending today’s afternoon session in New York, Cleary told the Free Press, "it didn't go well. We pretty much agreed on everything, except stuff that matters. A lot of players today are extremely upset about this."

NHL owners and the players have been at odds over a new collective bargaining agreement since Sept. 16. More than 300 games already have been cancelled, including the Winter Classic scheduled for Jan. 1 between the Wings and Toronto.

Any chance of an early December start hinged on reaching an accord this week. The sides may meet again Friday, but the latest meeting revealed the two are still on opposite sides of a sizable chasm.

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Shaking off some rust

I'm still a few days away from returning, but even from a limited, getting-over-illness and/or-depression standpoint, I took a look around at the comments made over the past 24 hours and fired off some Tweets that someone suggested might be worth repeating.

They're gloom-and-doom-y, but at this point, I've more or less made my peace with my belief that the NHL's 2012-2013 campaign will be the second in eight years and nine seasons to be stamped "Season Not Played" on the Stanley Cup, and I'm the repetition of the, "Look, there's a wedge between Side A and their collective bargaining representative!" line applied to the players last weekend, and the owners this time around, got me annoyed. Enjoy (I think):

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Sonny And His Wings

from Bill Roose at the Wings website,

Before famed writer George Plimpton tightened the chin strap to his helmet to chronicle life as an NFL quarterback in Detroit, there was Sonny Eliot, the acclaimed local weatherman, who already knew what it was like to practice with the pros.

Occasionally invited by GM Jack Adams to suit-up in goalie gear at Red Wings’ practices, Eliot, who was a fixture around Olympia Stadium for decades, died Friday morning at his home in Farmington Hills. He was 91.

Known by the players as a jokester with a quick, corny wit, Eliot was always welcomed around the Wings’ players, coaches and management.

“To me, he just wanted to be around the guys. Period,” legendary Wings forward Gordie Howe said. “He just liked to have fun, and everybody respected him.”


Watch a video below from 1997 which celebrated his at the time, 50 years in the broadcasting industry.

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Ian White With Harsh Words For Bettman

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White has been one of the more outspoken players during the NHL lockout.

Most of his wrath has been directed at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. On Friday, White fired a few more shots at the man he holds responsible for the sport's labor troubles.

“I got to be honest, I personally think he's an idiot,'' White said of Bettman. “Since he's come in I think he's done nothing but damage the game. If you think of all the moves he's made, the teams that are all struggling seem to be the teams he put in places where there's (less support for hockey).

“Just three lockouts (since Bettman became commissioner in 1993). I don't know if he's in control of the owners or what he's saying. I think it's (eight) of the owners have to agree to have something passed. You'd think it would be at least 50 percent. It just doesn't seem like they're running a democratic process.''


Also, I had a coversation with George and he is shooting for a soft-return next week.  Things may change, but that is the gameplan at this point.

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