The Malik Report
If you weren’t already aware that the Red Wings have a superb slate of weekend activities on tap, here’s a little refresher and a note:
1. The Red Wings will be hosting HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena from 11 AM till 6 PM on Saturday, and the majority of the Wings’ roster will be attending (the Wings’ Twitter account has added Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen to the mix, too) to engage in Q and A’s and autograph sessions (the Wings are lowering the 2008 Stanley Cup banner and making the Zamboni available for pictures as well);
Update: Take note, Wings fans—the McCrimmon family makes its home in Metro Detroit. That means that the Wings, and those of us who live in Southeastern Michigan, are going to be the ones who rally around Mrs. McCrimmon and her son and daughter.
After dropping off my computer for further repairs this morning, I read the initial reports about the tragedy which befell a man who stood shoulder to shoulder with Mike Babcock in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl coach Brad McCrimmon, a tough defenseman and genuinely “sneaky funny” man who truly was just happy to be playing hockey for a living in Ruslan Salei, a Wings prospect who found fame, fortune and happiness in Stefan Liv and dozens of other special, truly good people who lost their lives today.
George asked me to post the statement below and I’d like to add George has also been “under the weather” the last few days too.
When it rains, it pours.
I am sure George will be back at as soon as his physical health improves and his computer issues are resolved.
“Well this isn’t good. Technical issues continue to persist on the “almost new” computer to the point that the technician at the computer repair shop wants to reinstall Windows, which may take a day given their backlog of other computer repairs. Given that it took me an additional ten hours to set up my system once I got it home on Saturday…It’s highly unlikely that I’ll be able to leave on Friday for Traverse City if the computer isn’t repaired in a timely fashion (and given this computer repair shop’s history, that seems to be par for the course).
I don’t know what to say other than that I’m incredibly sorry and that I’ll have to wait and see how long the computer issues take to work themselves out and how long it takes the repair shop to fix the computer before I can say for sure when I’ll be able to head up to TC to cover part of the prospect tournament or whether I won’t be able to go up till training camp, and if anyone wants me to refund their contributions I will do so.”
I’m no fan of these kinds of informal posts, but as it’s been three going on four days…
TMR is still offline at present due to technical difficulties. My ill laptop’s hard drive was only part of an illness which included a fried motherboard and toasted system memory (when I break something, I break it), and after what could be salvaged was retrieved…
A little hard drive reformatting turned into, “Uh sir, your hard drive’s fried and I haven’t even begun to look at anything else,” which means that I’m writing this from my phone (T.M.I. at TMR is the unofficial slogan!), and might not be back up till the weekend.
But I’m puzzled nonetheless because an authorless report on USA Today claims that the Red Wings have signed forward Ryan Johnson to a try-out contract.
I’m about to take my laptop into the local computer repair shop to have what I can best describe as some serious engine work (save files, wipe the hard drive, reinstall Windows), so here’s a very brief look at today’s Red Wings-related stories:
Updated 9x with video and Conklin/Conner talk at 2:13 PM: According to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose, more than a few Red Wings took part in an informal skate this morning…
Players at #RedWings informal skate include Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Cleary, Miller, Conklin, Chris Conner, Janik, Eaves.
Also skating this morning with #RedWings are #Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff and former #NHL goalie Manny Legace.
Joining the #RedWings informal skate at City Arena are Jakub Kindl and Jan Mursak.
After four hours’ worth of blue screens of death, checkdisk failures, trying to restore my computer’s last known system configuration, troubleshooting start-up freezes and plain old praying to the computer gods, I’ve come to the conclusion that my laptop’s hard drive is indeed corrupt and needs to be wiped, so I may be unavailable for chunks of today and tomorrow as I turn my computer over to professionals to save my files and reinstall my operating system. I kinda need the laptop to work to provide reports from Traverse City, so whether it’s today, Tuesday or Wednesday, I’ve got to swallow hard and spend a few hundred bucks to get this thing fixed.
So here’s a quick primer of what you can expect in the way of Wings news if I am indeed absent due to computer issues:
The Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo delivers a Sunday night treat in an in-depth article about Red Wings color commentator and soon to be Hockey Hall of Fame honoree Mickey Redmond, whose premature retirement due to a back injury yielded a career in broadcasting which has yielded living legend’s status for perhaps the conscience of Hockeytown:
“I had a ruptured disk,” Redmond said. “In those days, those weren’t taken care of like they are today. I played with it. A lot of damage was done. When I was done playing, it was tough. I went home for awhile and lived with my mom and dad and did some soul-searching. But I also knew that it was just the way it was. There was nothing I could do about it, and that I would have to find something else to do with my life.”
How did Redmond start broadcasting?
“Totally by accident,” he said. “I tried to come back as a player and was in Glens Falls (N.Y.) for training camp (where the Red Wings had their minor league team at the time) in 1979. The comeback didn’t go well. I couldn’t play. But I was contacted about doing hockey games for ON-TV — 15 games. It went well.”
Monday, we go back to “school” as at least half a dozen Red Wings’ players (and probably the media) will show up at Joe Louis Arena to take part in an “informal” practice, so the last day of hockey summer provides a commensurate amount of tidbit-style news.
First and foremost, don’t forget that “Operation Bobblehead” ends tomorrow, and at present, Niklas Kronwall’s leading Todd Bertuzzi in the race for plastic immortality and/or infamy, though Bertuzzi fans have brought out the heavy artillery in an attempt to close the gap…
And the Free Press’s sports staff more or less provides a summary of the events to come:
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