The Malik Report
The Moose Jaw Warriors' website didn't cover this in detail, so I was hoping that it the story would be covered in some way, shape, or form, and sometime after I went to bed (which was so late it was early), the Moose Jaw Times-Herald discussed Red Wings executive Chris Chelios's return to the place where his journey to the NHL began in earnest as a member of the Moose Jaw...Canucks (now the Moose Jaw Warriors):
RedWingsFeed provides a link to the Moose Jaw Times-Herald's Matthew Gourlie's article about the unlikely detour that prevented a Chicago-to-San Diego transplant from ending his hockey career before it began:
Chelios had just been cut by the United States International University in San Diego — a team that was preparing for its first season of NCAA hockey. At the camp, he met former Canuck Bob Parker.
“Bobby Parker had come down there and made the team and I hadn’t,” said Chelios. “So I was just going to school. The team was training on the beach one day. I was out of hockey. I was playing senior hockey in the beer and pizza league. Bobby asked me where I was playing and I told him I was done and just going to school and working. He gave me the Canuck coach’s phone number.”
Updated with Wings video at 5:42 AM: The Detroit Red Wings flew home after capturing four of six possible points while playing three games in four nights, defeating Buffalo on Wednesday and Carolina in OT on Friday, but dropping a 4-1 decision to the Boston Bruins in a Saturday night affair that reminded both the Wings and their fans that this team has a signficant amount of work ahead of it before it can go toe-to-toe with the "beasts of the east."
Just as importantly, the Wings now embark upon a slate of four straight days of rest before beginning a stretch of 5 games in 8 nights, anchored by a Columbus Day matinee (1 PM start?) in their second and final trip to Boston a week from Monday.
The Hockey News publishes Ken Campbell’s feature article about the Red Wings and the City of Detroit
For as long as I can remember the Hockey News has reluctantly embraced the internet, often offering "teasers" and screenshots from their feature stories, but little more.
As I was perusing the web, waiting for later-night Red Wings-Bruins recaps to pop up, this Hockey News subscriber found a pleasant surprise: the THN's previous issue's anchor story involved the Red Wings' status as something of a beacon of hope in my bankrupt birthplace, and I'm happy to say that THN's chosen to publish Ken Campbell's feature story in full.
Marchand was OK, which is good news.
The Detroit Red Wings' prospects were very busy over the past 30-some hours, but I was a little less productive, so here's a catchy-uppy post:
The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 4-3 OT loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night, experiencing something of a let-down after engaging in an 8-1 romp over the Rochester Americans on Friday. Let's go with the most recent game first, as recapped by the Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department:
The Detroit Red Wings skated into Boston having played 2 games in 3 nights and having overcome some missteps to win a tight 2-1 decision over Buffalo and having rallied for a 3-2 OT decision over Carolina...
While the Beasts of the East beat the Bolts on Thursday and were able to rest and wait for the Wings. As such, and especially given that the Wings were able to "get away" with sloppy play and a middling power play during their first two games, the result was predictable in the form of a 4-1 loss--and as such, we'll have to see whether the Wings can present a better effort in their Columbus Day matinee in Boston nine days from now.
Well shucks, I wish I'd seen this earlier. According to the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Chris Chelios will be feted for his time as a...Canuck...This evening:
The Moose Jaw Warriors will honour the Moose Jaw Canucks before Saturday night’s game against the Vancouver Giants.
Past members of the Canucks will be introduced before the game including
Chris Chelios who will be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 11 following his 26-season National Hockey League career.
The Warriors will be wearing Hockey Hall of Fame jerseys to honour Chelios during the pre-game warm-ups and then will wear throwback Canucks jerseys during the game.
Then the jerseys will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Moose Jaw Humane Society and the Salvation Army.
My apologies for my 16-hour absence. Dealing with difficult news + dealing with depression and anxiety can yield physical symptoms, and sometimes your body says, "Dude, you're dealing with some heavy shit and so am I, so we're shutting down" (my reply was of course, "*#$%@&, I just want to do my *#$%@& job!"). It sucks but it's part of the deal.
Please let me know whether you want me to offer some sort of quickie Wings-Canes recap or whether you want me to catch up on the Bruins' "morning skate" news.
Given that the Griffins opened their 2013-2014 campaign with an 8-1 drubbing of the Rochester Americans, and given that
they're tied 3-3 with lost 4-3 in OT to the Toronto Marlies, there will be a prospect catch-up post--and given that Mattias Janmark scored 2 goals in AIK Stockholm's 6-2 loss to Lulea yesterday and another goal in AIK's 5-2 win over Leskands IF today, there's news from elsewhere to catch up on as well.
A few of the Boston Bruins, includeing Coach Julien, talked Wings after their morning skate today.
Howard will start tonight in case anyone is asking.
About The Malik Report
The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.