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The reaction to the news that Dominik Hasek is at least entertaining the idea of attempting an NHL comeback received varying reactions on Friday, but the vast majority of them involved statements similar to the following: “He’s 47 years old, he didn’t play at all last season, and he played the previous two seasons in the Czech Republic and Russia, respectively. Is he nuts?”
First and foremost, yes, yes he is nuts. Despite Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes’s suggestions to the contrary, Dominik Hasek did indeed learn to be both a team player and something of a mentor to Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard during his final tenure with the Wings, but there’s no doubt that the “comeback” is one part ego trip, one part sentimentality and five or six parts crazy Dom being less than 100% attached to reality.
While the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan didn’t pen a column offering a reaction to the news, he offered a succinct comment regarding the reality of said comeback on Twitter…
Per the Toronto Sun’s Kris Sims, we don’t have to call him “Sir” William Scott Bowman, but the former Blues, Canadiens, Sabres, Penguins, of course Red Wings and now Blackhawks executive received Canada’s highest civilian honor on Friday:
The best coach in hockey is now an officer in the Order of Canada. The name William Scott Bowman echoed through Rideau Hall Friday as famed Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman accepted the honour from Gov. Gen. David Johnston. The formal crowd had trouble quelling their happy applause as the official white-and-red medallion was placed around his neck.
“It’s certainly different from my Stanley Cup rings, and I look forward to wearing it on special occasions,” Bowman told reporters. He says the honour made him reflect on his favourite memories. “The first Stanley Cup, as a coach, that’s always a dream and I was very fortunate to go back to my home city of Montreal and my second year we won the cup, and probably the last one too, because I knew I wasn’t going to coach anymore.”
The Order of Canada is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a Canadian, other than the Queen’s Order of Merit.
Updated 5x with more Czech and Wings beat writer reaction at 7:40 PM: I mentioned this in passing while penning the overnight report because I thought it was amusing, but gauging by the retweets from RedWingsFeed and a story just posted by CBS Detroit, I’m guessing that the story merits its own entry:
Former Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek did indeed tell iSport.cz that he’s interested in playing in trying to make one more NHL comeback at 47 years of age, despite having spent the last year traveling the world after not securing a KHL contract. Here’s a terribly rough translation of the article in question:
Over the past few days, we’ve engaged in an incredibly spirited discussion regarding whether the Red Wings should pay a $3.5-4 million premium to match the kinds of offers Jiri Hudler might garner on the open market, which, as the Free Press’s Helene St. James and MLive’s Ansar Khan suggest, might be a bit too steep for the Wings given that the Wings would probably prefer to add some skating speed and/or size, grit and tenacity to the lineup, which Hudler doesn’t necessarily bring on a nightly basis…
On a day when the comments section has gone a little crazy regarding whether the Red Wings should attempt to retain Jiri Hudler’s services, or whether there really is a Zach Parise/Ryan Suter “package deal” in the offing, I’d rather not post this on a night that we don’t have hockey on TV because I hate even thinking about posting an entry that might provoke discussion for the sake of provocation..
But dueling banjos are dueling banjos, and the Pioneer Press’s Tom Powers believes that one Zach Parise has a higher chance of signing with another team if the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup, and the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan does not.
Here’s Powers’ take on Parise’s desires…
Via RedWingsFeed, it won’t necessarily warm fans up, but the most important fan lubricant to be sold at the Winter Classic is halfway to becoming kosher with the State of Michigan, as reported by the Detroit News...
The Michigan House has voted to let hockey fans buy booze at Michigan Stadium when the home of Wolverines’ football hosts a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day.
Scio Township Republican state Rep. Mark Ouimet sponsored the bill that won House approval Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.
The outdoor NHL Winter Classic game is scheduled Jan. 1, 2013. The league made the sale of alcohol a condition of approving the venue.
This is rare: According to Iltahleti’s Pekka Jalonen, the Red Wings and Teemu Pulkkinen’s agent, Krister Kaukinen, are working out the details of Pulkkinen’s three-year, entry-level contract with the Wings, but as Iltahleti’s a bit of a tabloid, Kaukinen’s being given a platform to “talk tough” about said contract. Here’s an incredibly, incredibly rough translation of what Pulkkinen’s agent had to say:
The Red Wings and their fans worked hard to spread the word regarding the only NHL player that literally makes video game plays in real life, but the NHL and EA Sports report that Pavel Datsyuk didn’t win his semifinal against John Tavares in EA Sports’ NHL 13 cover athlete vote:(
Giroux Faces Malkin, Tavares Meets Rinne in EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Semifinals
Sponsored By BlackBerry And Hosted On NHL.com, More Than 19.5 Million Fan Votes Cast To Date in the First Ever EA SPORTS NHL Cover Athlete Campaign
May 24, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ and NHL.com announced today that the semifinals matchups for the EA SPORTS NHL®13 Cover Vote, sponsored by BlackBerry®, will be Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux versus Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Fans have cast more than 19.5 million votes to date.
Updated with Parise/Suter talk at 1:16 PM: The comment section went a little crazy after I posted an article in which the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggested that, despite the Wings’ need for a goal-scorer, they may not retain Jiri Hudler’s services, and MLive’s Ansar Khan provides a corollary to St. James’ argument:
Put simply, given the incredibly thin crop of goal-scorers available in this summer’s free agent class, Hudler will probably be able to earn much more than the Wings could slot him in for, and that’s why Khan believes that Hudler will leave the Wings to cash in
Perhaps it got lost amidst the leak‘s worth of news regarding the Red Wings’ hiring of an architectural firm to help design their Joe Louis Arena follow-on rink and whatever will be built around it: my eyebrow, at least, rose half a foot when I read that the Wings are looking at an 18,000-seat arena, which would fit in nearly 2,000 fewer fans per night.
The Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell allows Wings VP Jimmy Devellano to explain why that is while surveying the various comments Mike Ilitch, Mike Babcock and Devellano have made to the media over the past year—especially regarding the Joe’s status as a building whose amenities for its players aren’t exactly spectacular:
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