We can all thank the Blackhawks today, last night they beat the Blues, 6-2, which pulls us two points closer in the race for first place in the Central.
It seems that Chelios won’t be back tonight, the Wings refuse to just dump Gill to open up the roster spot. All the details are in the Free Press.
Hell of a comeback last night, eh? Fedorov’s sure earning his paycheck (and I bet he even got a bonus from Anna after the game). Dispite giving up three goals, Osgood was stellar in his thirty-eight save performance. Will people other than me please give him some credit?!
Here’s the boxscore from last night, courtesy of CNN/SI. The Free Press recaps the game and talks about the return of Chelios. Detroit is listed as one of the contenders in the Rob Blake sweepstakes by ESPN.com Rumor Central.
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Okay, okay, so my promised update was a day late, it happens. Absolutely nothing is happening with the Wings follwing the tie with Toronto on Saturday, but some stuff has gone on in the league in the past few days.
Former Red Wing Ulf Samuelsson retired on Monday after he failed to be picked up by an NHL team this season. The infamous Marty McSorley signed with the IHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and was ejected in his first game. McSorley was one of eight players kicked out after a third period melee. Oh yeah, and the Blues picked up Scott Mellanby from the Panthers.
The tie with the Leafs was a heartbreaker, we should have had the win. Such is life, and life is why I can’t give a further update right now. If I get a chance tomorrow, I’ll have a real update.
Great game tonight, if anyone didn’t like watching it then they’re not a hockey fan. Mickey Redmond was right when he said it was just like a playoff game. This is how we need to have been playing all year. And how about those goals from the guys we’re not supposed to see them from, McCarty and Maltby. Gotta give Draper credit too, considering he did half the work on Mac’s goal. Only thing I don’t like about tonight is that Jiri Fischer wasn’t there for it. We knew we’d have to move someone to get Maxim Kuznetsov back in the lineup, and we’ll have to do it again when Chris Chelios (remember him?) comes back, so when the hell are we gonna finally get rid of Todd Gill?!? He’s slower than Larry Murphy and not nearly as smart, why exactly is he still around? Anyway, that’s my rant for tonight. The dailies aren’t updated (of course not, it’s a half-hour after the game ended) so I’ll do that tomorrow.
Aroudn the league a bunch of stuff has happened, and ESPN.com reports on it all. The well-rumored Rob Blake went down with a shoulder injury and seems to be day-to-day. Suspended Marty McSorely signed a deal to play for the London Knights of the British Superleague, he’s gotta get a transfer card from the IIHF before he can play, though. Teh Canucks dealt for a goalie today, picking up Dan Cloutier from Tampa Bay for Adrian Aucoin and a draft pick, which means that Felix Potvin will leave Vancouver one way or another.
Well, that was high-scoring. The North American All-Stars took out the World All-Stars with a 14-12 win in Denver today. I’m really starting to hate how offense-intensive the All-Star Game is, but it’s still cool to watch. The thing to really hate is this stupid North America vs. the World format that’s somehow lasted for four years. I say bring back East vs. West so I can know who to cheer for, but who cares what I say? Rob Blake did not wind up wearing the winged-wheel on his shoulder during the game, but rumors about his destination continue. I only hope the Wings won’t give up too much (*cough* Marty Lapointe) for him.
CTVSportsnet.com is reporting that Rob Blake will become a Detroit Red Wing sometime in the next two days. No terms of a possible deal were revealed, but the Kings captain and All-Star defenseman will not come cheap. drwcentral.net sees the only players Detroit would be willing to part with as Vyacheslav Kozlov and Todd Gill, who, along with a draft pick or prospect, could be enough of an offer to convince Los Angeles to make the trade. With Blake’s contract up at the end of the year, whoever should aquire him will have to pay a pretty penny to keep him. The Red Wings would have three of the top defensemen in the NHL should the deal go through, with Blake joining All-Star Nicklas Lidstrom and the injured Chris Chelios on the blue line.
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The local papers aren’t updated yet but CNN/SI and ESPN.com both have recaps of the game. After watching us almost lose, I can only hope that Todd Gill does get dealt away sometime soon. He made too many turnovers and completely blew a chance at an open net by turning away while on the rush. Anyone else think he should be gone? Talk about it in the drwcentral.net Fan Forum. And speaking of parts of drwcentral.net, the links section has been updated and cleaned out, and the multimedia section is due up in the next day or two.