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The Red Wings weren't particularly keen on talking to Brian Rafalski until he proved he could play at at least the AHL level at age 40, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Rafalski has decided to halt his comeback after his back issues flared up:
Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski has ended his comeback attempt with the EHCL’s Florida Everblades, retiring for good.
“I’m done,” Rafalski told the Fort Myers News-Press. “My back is no good. That was one of the hurdles.”
Rafalski, 40, played only three games with the Everblades, picking up one assist. He told the News-Press that his back acted up after his first game on Jan. 10 and experienced more back pain after playing on consecutive nights, Jan. 17-18.
“After playing two games, it inflamed the nerves in my back so I’m done,” Rafalski said. “I felt like I played pretty well the last game. I was getting my timing and the game seemed to slow down.”
Update: The Detroit Free Press reprinted the Ft. Myers News-Press's Craig Handel's article:
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet was just on with Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 to talk abou the injured Wings playing in the Olympics.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Franzen was placed on short-term injured reserve (seven days minimum) and will miss at least a few more games.
“Any time it’s a head injury -- we’ve been through it a number of times -- they’re hard things,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Obviously, Mule thought he was ready and then found out he wasn’t.
“He’ll be out a few (games) for sure, anyways, and he continues to work with doctors at U-M; they’ll figure out when he’s available.”
General manager Ken Holland said Franzen made the trip to Philadelphia but did not feel well this morning.
“He’s been in constant communication with (the specialist),” Holland said. “He’s got to have a lot of days of being healthy before he plays.”
Tonight will be the first time that Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen have been out for the same game.
added 11:50am, Beat writers report Franzen goes on IR with concussion like symptoms.
Wings skating with these lines: Nyquist-Andersson-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Cleary-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves.
added 11:54am, Andersson activated.
added 12:00pm, via Khan,
Andersson is playing tonight. Only change is Andersson for Franzen. Gustavsson is starting in net
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
There is an argument to be made that the ever-patient Red Wings might have opened doors sooner for their young players, rather than trot out the likes of Dan Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson right out of the gate.
Sheahan, Tatar, Nyquist and Jurco all played for Calder Cup-champion Grand Rapids in the AHL last season, and all four have made a successful adjustment to the NHL game. It's early in their careers, of course, but they are part of the reason the Red Wings are still within striking distance of a playoff berth, a position that was pretty much unthinkable for a team that hasn't missed the postseason since 1990 and was supposed to have an easier time with their move to the Eastern Conference.
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via Afton Bladet with rough Google translation (link not translated),
He is still one of the most deserving Swedish NHL veterans, including a Stanley Cup title under his belt, and has played twelve consecutive seasons at the highest level.
- But I do know the most relief. I understand that the outside may look like this must be horrible, but it did not come as a bolt from the blue, and it's mostly nice to finally something happens, say "Samme" when we reach him after the announcement.
Do you start Howard tomorrow?
For those of you who believe in the "hockey gods," this may have been the "even-up" for the Red Wings' last-30-seconds, off-the-netting-and-in goal against Los Angeles: en route to Sunday night's 5-4 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers, Brian Campbell accidentally but rather flagrantly got his stick up under Tomas Tatar's visor, causing a nasty gash and a decent amount of bleeding.
Instead of awarding the Red Wings a 4-minute power play with about 15 seconds left in regulation, however, neither referees nor linesmen saw the event, and Tatar was absolutely furious as he confronted the referee prior to overtime, very bluntly asking how the ref didn't notice what happened.
Squeamish be warned: there be blood in this clip from, ironically, We All Bleed Red:
I don't want to talk about this one. The Red Wings blew a 4-2 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Florida Panthers via a shootout decision because they played a horrible first period and a horrible third period against the team that has their number--and got both a shorthanded goal against the Wings, got a break when Daniel Cleary may or may not have been pushed into Thomas, who sold a third no-goal-against-Detroit call, and definitely got a break when Tomas Tatar was high-sticked under the visor but neither ref nor linesman saw Brian Campbell do it.
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