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Worth a third post: Mrs. Probert says she’s not trying to take on fighting

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 9:41 with comments from Keith Primeau, Sheldon Kennedy, Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Stu Grimson, Marty McSorely and Rob Ray: The reaction to Boston University’s researchers’ news that former Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert’s brain showed signs of a degenerative neurological condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy has split the hockey world as even the doctors at the Sports Legacy Institute have proffered suggestions that concussions suffered from fighting contributed to Probert’s condition.

Probert’s widow, Dani, however, tells the Windsor Star’s Chris Thompson that she wants to make one thing very clear—she has no agenda other than to fulfill her husband’s wishes and further the science of studying brain injuries in competitive sports so that they can be better diagnosed and, hopefully, prevented:

“I’m not taking on the NHL and I’m not wanting to talk about eliminating fighting from the league,” she said.“I just wanted to raise awareness, basically. It’s part of the science. Bob wanted to donate his brain for a reason, to get the results put out there, so this is following through with that.”

Mrs. Probert suggests that there were signs that her husband was suffering from a classic symptom of anyone who’s sustained a severe or repeated traumatic brain injury in progressive memory loss and an increasingly shortening temper:

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Oh, for the love of cross-checking…

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From a very well-placed source, and per the Boston Globe’s Glen Johnson, Massachusetts senator John Kerry’s taking part in the Congressional Hockey Challenge to benefit the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club next Thursday in Washington, DC, and Kerry’s opponents will include a certain individual who some people wouldn’t mind cross-checking:

“It’s hard to believe that more than 40 years have passed since I took my first real cuts on Turkey Pond playing in high school,” Kerry said in a statement today, referring to his attendance at the hockey-crazed St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. “I’m grateful to the doctors at Mass. General for the new hips that got me back on the ice, and I’m looking forward to the chance to do my Bruins proud and raise some money for a great cause,” he said.

The game will be played next Thursday, March 10, at the Verizon Center in Washington. Also participating in the event will be NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Hall of Fame hockey player Pat LaFontaine, former player Kevin Weekes, and Willie O’Ree, a former member of the Boston Bruins and the first African American player in the NHL.

The next day, Bettman will be accompanying the Chicago Blackhawks to the White House so President Obama, a former Chicago resident, can celebrate their Stanley Cup championship last season.

So…frustrated…

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Habs face Cats

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

This is another big one tonight, two points the Canadiens can not afford to give up. Carey Price starts, somewhere surprising given Alex Auld’s performance against Florida this season, but hey, the Price is right most of the time.

Things to look for? Let’s see if Scott Gomez can finally get out of this funk. Mike Cammalleri hasn’t really been hot of late either. we have yet to see the vintage Cammalleri we saw late last year.

And my big takeaway of late? Yannick Weber. This guy isn’t just a run of the mill prospect. He’s really good. Let’s see if he keeps it up.

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Realignment talk resurfaces

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

TSN’s Darren Dreger brought up a topic close to many bleary-eyed Red Wings fans’ hearts these days, but I want to state, on the record, that I don’t think it’s ever going to happen:

For years, discussion on realignment in the NHL has included the Detroit Red Wings shifting to the Eastern Conference. In the event the National Hockey League considers restructuring, Detroit has suggested they would like first consideration.

Moving to the East and playing in their own time zone would help with travel and television, plus the natural rivalries the Red Wings would quickly develop with Toronto, Buffalo and others make such a move attractive to Detroit. This week, the Wings are on a West Coast swing with all three weekday game broadcasts at 10pm et or later - tough sell in an Eastern time zone.

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There’ll Be A Playoff Feel To This One

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

If you’re cruising the hockey dial tonight looking for games between Stanley Cup contenders, sure, you can see Tampa Bay vs. Boston or Detroit vs. San Jose.  But those teams really won’t have a whole lot on the line.

If you can’t wait six weeks for a taste of the excitement of playoff hockey, or at least as close to it as realistically possible in early March, then tonight’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres (7:00 PM EST, RBC Center) should do it for you.  Players on both teams are talking this one up for good reason.

The Sabres, who nine weeks ago were left for dead in 12th place in the East and ten points off the playoff pace, will finish the night in 8th place if they can win in regulation.  The Hurricanes are itching to create some separation.

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All about Herm 2 Hockeytown 2, part three: TPL and pledges

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

With Herm 2 Hockeytown 2 only eight days away, and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in line for as big a donation as possible, I hope today’s third interview with one of H2H2’s principal organizers compliments those with Jen MacRostie and Big Red Machine’s Ellen Mantusak:

The Production Line’s Michael Petrella took up The Chief’s cause in his absence and has been one of the primary web promoters of H2H2, working Twitter, Facebook and the interweb to facilitate pledges on the Production Line’s website (and tonight’s game against the Sharks and Saturday’s game against Phoenix are still “pledge games”).  Petrella and Chris Hollis are the pied pipers of the Wings’ blogosphere, the Casual Friday to my I-hate-ties-but-am-a-bit-stuffy-intellectual, so no profile of the H2H2 principals would be complete without including TPL.

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Red Wings-Sharks game-day updates: Boyle out vs. MacDonald, Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 6:59 with No Rafalski from the Mercury News: As the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks prepare to face off tonight (10:30 PM EST, FSD/Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area/WXYT), the Red Wings chose not to engage in a morning skate as they took a morning flight to San Jose, but the rhetoric level is cranked up significantly. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun spoke to both Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Sharks coach Todd McLellan about tonight’s match-up, noting that the Wings are at a slight disadvantage in the crease against a team that’s gone 12-and-2 over their past 14 games, including a 7-game winning streak, and a team that has February “second star of the month” Antti Niemi tending their net:

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A kind-of-sort-of Bob Probert follow-up from deputy commissioner Bill Daly

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 6:50 PM with the full press release, a CBC posted a video discussing this story in depth and a note from the Free Press’s George Sipple stating that Probert’s drug abuse did not affect the results of the study of his brain: On the heels of yesterday’s twin bombshells from the New York Times and Globe and Mail, which stated that Boston University researchers discovered that former Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert’s brain showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative neurological condition found in persons who have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly filed a somewhat predictable reply to the Associated Press’s request for an official NHL response to the news:

“The findings are interesting and certainly something we’ll add to a much broader body of knowledge,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an e-mail. “But we’re not going to react or make changes based on findings related to one player, especially when it’s impossible to identify or isolate one of many variables that may have factored into the conclusions reached, and when there is no real ‘control group’ to compare his results to.”

The detailed findings of Probert’s brain tissue won’t be released until they are submitted to an academic medical journal. His family requested the diagnosis be made public so awareness could be raised of the dangers of brain trauma in sports and encourage greater efforts to make sports safer for the brain, [the Sports Legacy Institute] said.

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Video- Laughing With Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He does have a lighter side…

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Montreal- Where Ex-Coaches Gather

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

To borrow from Mark Twain, who once wrote that you couldn’t throw a brick in Montreal without breaking a church window, these days you can’t have a bun fight in the media lounge at Montreal’s Bell Centre without striking a former NHL coach.

Ninety minutes before most Canadiens home games, on Level 7 of the cavernous arena, there is a routine assembly of some of the most accomplished second-guessers in the hockey business.

Look left and you might see Bob Hartley, who coached a Stanley Cup-winner in Colorado. At the first table past the doorway, you will certainly see, chowing down,

Michel Bergeron, who coached the Quebec Nordiques at a time when the ill-tempered Montreal-Quebec rivalry spoiled a lot of Sunday dinners in a province. Michel Therrien, who coached Pittsburgh to the 2008 Stanley Cup Final, is there some nights. Jean Perron, coach of the 1986 Cup champion Canadiens, is a regular. Mario Tremblay, another ex-Canadiens head coach who later soaked up the coaching musings of Jacques Lemaire as his assistant in Minnesota and, briefly, New Jersey, might be there on the nights he is doing between-period work for RDS, a French-language all-sports network that carries all Montreal games.

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