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The Hockey Hall of Fame's posted bios and such on their new 2014 Induction Showcase page,
Why no Fedorov [edit/update: there seems to be a lack of clarity as to whether Sergei's one-game performance at the Spengler Cup qualifies as a professional "league" game!]?
I'm still trying to digest, never mind offer a summary of Tomas Jurco's massive interview with Hokej.sk (I love the fact that Jurco recongnizes that it's a "big deal" to be able to afford a car to drive around in the summer in Slovakia and a car to drive in the U.S., and that he feels that shouldn't go to his head), but I suppose I ought to post this now...
And there are times that I really want to bop Tomas Tatar on the head. The Red Wings will re-sign their restricted free agents-to-be (Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tatar) with little fanfare, and there are far more attractive RFA's on the marketplace this summer (please see: PK Subban, a chunk of the Bruins' roster and a chunk of the Rangers' roster), but Tatar talked a little too tough while speaking with Sport.sme.sk's Tomas Prokop.
What follows is a rough translation of Prokop's conversation with Tatar, and it's preceded by Tatar discussing his World Cup loyalties (Germany and also Germany):
Presented with a, "This is actually well thought-out" comment, from Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski:
Unfortunately for Chris Osgood, his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility comes in the same season as Dominik Hasek’s.
It’s pretty much the starkest comparison that can be drawn between two winning goalies from the same era: One was a steady success with little individual glory in the regular season, with spectacular postseason credentials in three Stanley Cup wins; and the other was a human highlight reel who captured Vezinas and Harts and, eventually in his latter years, Stanley Cups.
One was a winner. The other was a legend. One satisfies the “hockey” of the building’s title, and the other one better fulfills the “fame” component.
Osgood’s name won’t be announced when the 2014 Hall of Fame class is revealed on Monday. He’s not a first-ballot guy; hell, he might not be a second or third either. He’s a player whose candidacy depends very much on the peers he’s matched up against and the criteria that the illustrious panel of voters decides to apply.
Continued at length, with the following conclusion:
Updated 5x at 4:39 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related stories:
Dominik Hasek is certain to receive a call from the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee today, and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Jiri Fischer and Kris Draper about Hasek's legacy...
Jiri Fischer doesn’t mince words when he discusses Dominik Hasek’s presence in their homeland of the Czech Republic.
“He’s an absolute icon in the country,” Fischer said. “Dominik and Jaromir Jagr are the two most recognized celebrities in the Czech Republic and that’s including anyone else from sports, soccer, movie stars.
“People in my generation, my parent’s generation, everybody knows Dominik Hasek and people knows what he looks like. He’s the best goalie to ever come out of the Czech Republic.”
As well as his famously competitive nature...
From Sarah Lindenau of the Left Wing Lock:
A fax ticket sale for tickets to the 2014 NHL Prospect Tournament and Detroit Red Wings training camp will begin on July 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm and continue until all tickets are sold. An in person sale is also scheduled on July 7, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This year’s NHL Prospect Tournament is scheduled for September 12th through the 16th. Red Wings training camp runs from September 19th through the 23rd.
Tickets for the NHL Prospect Tournament are priced at $10 per day. Detroit Red Wings training camp ticket prices range from $10 – $30 per event. Ticket prices for practice sessions are $10 for standing-room only, $15 for reserved seating and $20 for the mezzanine. Tickets for the Red and White Game and Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game will start at $20 for standing-room only, $25 for reserved seating and $30 for the mezzanine.
So the ten-to-sixteen-day period of super super busy-ness begins. The Red Wings released their 2014-2015 regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon, and this week...
- Today, it is incredibly likely that former Red Wings Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano will be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class. The Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee will announce its decisions at 3 PM EDT on TSN;
- On Tuesday, the NHL Awards take place in Las Vegas, NV (at 7 PM EDT on NBCSN and 8 PM EDT [on tape delay] on the CBC). Mike Babcock is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, and Danny DeKeyser will introduce his coach to the crowd; a healthier Ted Lindsay is also tearing up the strip ahead of awarding the NHLPA's MVP award, a.k.a. the Ted Lindsay Award, on Tuesday afternoon;
- On Wednesday and Thursday, the NHL's Board of Governors will meet in Philadelphia, PA ahead of the draft;
The fourth annual Bob Probert Ride took place on Sunday, and the Blackburn News's Ricardo Veneza reports that all went well:
“Don’t get it wrong, it was Proby’s [Bob Probert] tears early on because he couldn’t be here, then he opened it up for us,” says Darren McCarty, the former Detroit Red Wings enforcer and friend of the late Bob Probert commenting on the beautiful weather riders enjoyed after an early morning worry rain may be in the forecast.
“Great love in this area, not only for Proby [Probert], but the family and for a great cause,” says McCarty. “You put that together with a great day and everybody loves the ride.”
McCarty called the day “picture perfect” as he took part in his first ride as part of the event raising money for cardiac care in Windsor-Essex in honour of Probert.
Unofficial fundraising totals show the 4th annual event has raised at least $80,000. The first three editions of the event raised a total of more than $260,000.
The Windsor Star posted a photo gallery from the event--the "ride captain" for this year's event was actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood--the CTV News Windsor posted a 2-and-a-half minute video report, and if you missed it, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff had a great chat with Brogan and Tierney Probert, Bob's daughters.
The Red Wings released their 2014-2015 preseason schedule on Thursday, and they the identity of their regular season home-opening opponent (Boston) on Friday. Today, the Red Wings (and the NHL) released the balance of their 2014-2015 schedule.
Here's the sked in visual form:
I hate playing "quash the trade rumor" at all, but it's that time of year so:
- Per (Chris) Nichols on Hockey:
John Thornton, the agent for San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, told TVA Sports' Louis-André Larivière on Sunday that despite all of the reported interested in his client from around the NHL "San Jose is the only team on his list."
The agent also hinted at what he's recently said, that Joe Thornton - who holds a full no-movement clause in his contract - would consider leaving if he felt the fans of San Jose didn't want him there.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will make its decisions as to who will make the cut for its 2014 Induction Class on Monday at 3 PM EDT (on TSN2), and there's no doubt that one former Red Wings goalie will receive a call from the Hall's Selection Committee--Dominik Hasek's a shoo-in, and the only reason he'll be inducted this November involves the fact that Hasek un-retired for a third time to play one season with Pardubice HC and another with Spartak Moscow between 2009 and 2011. In fact, after taking the 2011-2012 season off, Hasek had hoped to make yet another comeback at 47, but he received no offers to play as a starting goaltender.
As time fades on Hasek's three tenures and two Stanley Cup wins in Detroit, more hockey observers are willing to use a slightly less delicate term to describe Hasek's myriad eccentricities (from meticlous nail-clipping to allowing exactly one person to lace his catch gloves to laying all his gear out in front of him in a beat reporter-unfriendly heap after games) as "nuts," but those who played with and put up with Hasek also insist that he was a consummate professional.
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer, Kirk Maltby and Ken Holland about Hasek's tenure(s) with the Wings, and they all suggested that Hasek was nothing less than a tactician
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