Alumni Showdown Roster Review

I’ve been (finally) going through my photos from the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on New Years Eve and my lack of familiarity with some of the Toronto players has been causing some problems. I look at my photos and say “Who is that guy and why don’t I see a #28 listed on the roster?”

Well, it’s because the announced rosters weren’t the final rosters. A couple players were listed for one game and played in the other or were listed with different numbers or were listed and didn’t actually play. I went back through the player introductions to put together a complete list and I figured I’d share it out for posterity.

Game One

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
33 Doug Favell G
1 Mark Laforest G
1 Peter Ing G
4 Mike Pelyk D
4 Cory Cross D
33 Matt Martin D
3 Brad Marsh (A) D
4 Greg Hotham D
24 Dan Daoust F
21 Mark Osborne F
19 Bill Derlago F
9 Stew Gavin F
15 Pat Boutette F
12 Rob Pearson F
15 Claude Loiselle F
10 Brad May (A) F
14 Dave Reid F
19 Tom Fergus (A) F
26 Mike Krushelnyski F
7 Dave McLlwain F
8 Todd Warriner F
20 Mike Johnson F
16 Nikolai Borschevsky F
32 Lou Franceschetti F

On the Toronto side, Doug Favell wasn’t listed on the roster but did play. Jamie Macoun and Shayne Corson were listed but didn’t play. Mike Johnson wore #20 after being listed without a number.

For Detroit, Ken Holland was on the roster but did not play.

Game Two

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
29 Mike Palmateer G
31 Curtis Joseph G
29 Felix Potvin G
24 Bryan McCabe (A) D
34 Jamie Macoun D
4 Dave Ellett D
15 Bob McGill D
33 Al Iafrate D
34 Bryan Berard D
27 Darryl Sittler (C) F
22 Rick Vaive (C) F
17 Wendel Clark (C) F
93 Doug Gilmour (C) F
14 Dave Andreychuk (A) F
16 Darcy Tucker (A) F
18 Kevin Maguire F
4 Gary Leeman (A) F
9 Russ Courtnall F
7 Gary Roberts (A) F
7 Lanny McDonald (A) F
22 Tiger Williams F
16 Mike Walton F
28 Tie Domi (A) F
11 Mike Gartner F
25 Joe Nieuwendyk (A) F
32 Steve Thomas (A) F
11 Steve Sullivan F

For Detroit, the only oddity was that Joe Kocur was introduced in and played the first period wearing Bob Probert‘s #24 jersey.

For the Leafs, several things were different. Macoun played after having been on the Game One roster. Curtis Joseph wore his usual #31 and Felix Potvin wore #29, having been listed with #35 and #36, respectively. Bryan McCabe wore #24 instead of #29. Up front, Gary Leeman wore #4 instead of #11, Tie Domi wore #28 instead of #20, and Mike Gartner wore #11 instead of #22.

As I said, compiling this list is nothing groundbreaking, I just wanted it to be documented somewhere so I figured I’d write it up.

More Wings Number Changes

George Malik points out this morning that Red Wings Central has their training camp roster posted. I try not to pay too much attention to camp in seasons when the roster is virtually set, such as this one, but I do like taking a look at what sweater numbers the players are assigned.

Most players will never see time with those digits on their backs (does anyone really think Dominic Vicari would show up in the Detroit crease wearing #70?) but for players that have either spent time on the Red Wings’ roster in the past or are expected to make the team out of camp, this can be the first time we see what number they will wear.

The previously confirmed number change for Tomas Kopecky (from #28 to #82) is reflected on the roster, as is the re-assignment of #28 to newcomer Brian Rafalski and #17 to Dallas Drake. We also find that Russian prospect Igor Grigorenko has been given the #21 that was to be worn last season by Greg Johnson before he was forced to retire.

Two unexpected changes are found on the blueline. Kyle Quincey (who may or may not make the lineup this season, a casualty of limited roster spots) is switching from #45 to the #4 last worn in 2006 by Cory Cross. Derek Meech, who has spent limited time with the Red Wings wearing #36 but is expected not to be sent to Grand Rapids as he would have to clear waivers, has taken on the #14 formerly worn by Brendan Shanahan.

I’m a bit surprised by the Red Wings giving out Shanahan’s number only a season after his depature to New York. It had to happen sometime, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of a push to have the #14 retired for Shanny, but it seems like the team would have waited longer.

Holmstrom Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Blackhawks

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and three other Red Wings had multi-point nights as Detroit picked up a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night.

New acquisition Kyle Calder was one of the two-point scorers for Detroit, picking up a goal and an assist in his first game for his new team. Linemate Johan Franzen also had a goal and an assist, while Pavel Datsyuk added two helpers.

Calder’s goal at 1:46 of the first period came on his first shift as a Red Wing. With Calder cutting to the Chicago net, Franzen threw the puck out front from behind the goal and Calder grabbed it to throw past netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Holmstrom’s first goal, scored with 7:09 remaining in the second period, would be the eventual game-winner. Datsyuk banged at the puck from the side of the crease and it came out the other side, where Holmstrom chipped it into the net.

Franzen and Calder hooked up again for Detroit’s third goal. Calder sent a long outlet pass off the right wing boards and Franzen raced Chicago’s James Wisniewski to the puck in the right circle of the Blackhawk zone. Franzen spun quickly and put a shot between the defender’s legs and past Khabibulin with 58 seconds remaining in the middle period.

Holmstrom added a power play goal to round out Detroit’s scoring at 9:18 of the third, putting home a rebound after a big stop by Khabibulin on Nicklas Lidstrom.

Jeff Hamilton broke Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek‘s shutout with 1:00 remaining in regulation, putting a quick wrister from the right circle off the crossbar and into the net.

Holmstrom’s second goal was Detroit’s only power play tally in five tries while Chicago was held scoreless on three attempts with the extra attacker, including a long 5-on-3 in the second period.

Hasek made 24 saves on 25 shots. Khabibulin stopped 24 of 28 shots against.

The two teams will meet again on Friday in Detroit for the second half of the home-and-home series.


Calder’s goal was the second time in as many seasons that a Detroit trade-deadline acquisition scored on his first shift and first shot with the Red Wings. Cory Cross did it last season, also against the Blackhawks… The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms), who is expected to return to the lineup for Friday’s game. Chris Chelios was rested, with Andreas Lilja taking his spot on the blue line.

Wings Bring Back Lebda

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with defenseman Brett Lebda.

As per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not announced.

Lebda split the 2005-06 season between the Red Wings and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He earned 12 points in 46 games with Detroit and earned a spot on the team’s playoff lineup over veteran defensemen Cory Cross and Jason Woolley.

“Brett was impressive in the time he spent with us last season,” said Detroit general manager Ken Holland. “He possesses the skills I think will help contribute to the success of this organization in the long-term.”

Wings Win with Third-period Comeback

The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals in the third period to come from behind and defeat the Dallas Stars Monday night in the final game at Joe Louis Arena before the start of the playoffs.

Detroit had allowed goals in the late in the first period and early in the third to fall behind, 2-0, but scored three times in the game’s final seven minutes to erase the deficit and pull into the lead.

With 6:59 remaining in regulation, Johan Franzen deflected a shot from the blue line by Niklas Kronwall past Dallas goalie Marty Turco to put the Red Wings on the board.

Just 2:12 later, Andreas Lilja scored on a rush into the Stars’ zone led by Henrik Zetterberg.

Zetterberg carried the puck along the right wing boards and cut into the right circle, sending a crossing pass to Lilja in the left circle to redirect the puck into the net.

With the Red Wings on the power play and 45 seconds remaining in regulation, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Zetterberg shot past Turco to put Detroit out in front.

Even with Kirk Maltby in the penalty box for the final half-minute of the game, the Red Wings were able to hold off a Dallas comeback.

Jason Arnott had opened the scoring with 4:50 remaining in the first period.

After Detroit netminder Manny Legace kicked aside a long shot by Philippe Boucher, Arnott dove to poke the puck back under Legace and into the net.

An apparent Stars goal was called off shortly after that thanks to a quick whistle but Dallas scored again at 3:22 of the third period, when Jere Lehtinen deflected a centering pass from Arnott past Legace for a power play goal.

Between the Dallas goals, the game’s main excitement came from a fight between Steve Ott and Cory Cross with 8:45 remaining in the second period. It was just Detroit’s sixth fight of the season.

Legace finished the game with 28 saves on 30 shots while Turco stopped 29 of 32 shots against.

Both teams went one-for-five on the power play.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday night when they visit the Nashville Predators to close out the regular season.


Detroit was without Steve Yzerman, Pavel Datsyuk, and Mathieu Schneider… With Don MacLean sent back to Grand Rapids, Valtteri Filppula was called up to fill in on the Red Wings’ lineup.

Red Wings Sweep Blackhawks in Home-and-Home Series

The Detroit Red Wings finished a sweep of their home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, picking up a 5-3 win in the second of the games on back-to-back nights.

Mathieu Schneider, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each had a multi-point night and defenseman Cory Cross, playing his first game with the Red Wings, scored the game’s opening goal.

Cross’ goal came just 1:49 into the game on a turnover by Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin attempted to play the puck away from the oncoming Jason Williams but instead put it right onto his stick. Williams sent a pass through the crease to Robert Lang at the bottom of the left circle. Lang held on just long enough for Cross to jump up from the blue line into the slot before sending a pass that Cross one-timed past Khabibulin.

Brendan Shanahan put the Red Wings up by a pair just 2:17 later, taking a Datsyuk pass from behind the net and banging a bad-angle shot past Khabibulin.

At 6:57, Datsyuk extended the Red Wings’ lead to three goals, taking an outlet pass in the neutral zone during a Chicago line change and skating in all alone on Khabibulin, cutting to his left to lift a shot into the net.

Craig Anderson replaced Khabibulin after the Datsyuk goal and the Blackhawks began their comeback.

With 5:00 remaining in the first, Mikael Holmqvist capitalized on a series of miscues by the Red Wings beginning with a bad pass by netminder Chris Osgood to Andreas Lilja. After that pass failed to connect and a diving Kris Draper missed a clearing attempt, Holmqvist was left alone in front to lift a rebound over the sprawling Osgood.

At 5:26 of the second period, Patrick Sharp scored a goal very similiar to the one he scored on Saturday night. Sharp came in off the right wing and cut to the net, holding the puck at the top of the crease before sliding a shot under Osgood.

The Red Wings bounced back in the third period and didn’t let Chicago tie it, with Zetterberg scoring just four seconds into a power play at 3:40 of the period.

After losing a faceoff in the Blackhawks’ zone, Zetterberg went to the net while Datsyuk won back the puck. Datsyuk fed Zetterberg from the corner and the Swede was wide open to lift it into the net.

Chicago pulled back to within one with 9:34 remaining, as Matt Cullen redirected a Brent Seabrook shot into the top of the net, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Mathieu Schneider scored the game’s final goal with 7:06 remaining, one-timing a pass from behind the net home.

Osgood earned his second win in as many starts after a turbulent January and February, stopping 17 of the twenty shots he faced. Khabibulin made only two saves on five shots before Anderson replaced him and made 21 saves on 23 shots.

Detroit scored one power play goal on four chances and held the Blackhawks without a power play goal in the same amount of tries.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.


Cross’ goal came on his first shot as a Red Wing.

Red Wings Add Cross, Deal Rivers at Trade Deadline

As the National Hockey League’s trade deadline came near on Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings made two moves to change up their defensive corps.

Jamie Rivers, in his second season with Detroit, was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry draft.

In 15 games with the Red Wings this season, Rivers had an even plus/minus rating and tallied one assist.

“It’s tough to leave a contender, but it’s not a secret that I’ve been more of a depth guy this year and haven’t really contributed much in terms of games played,” Rivers told Canadian sports network TSN. “I just think it’s an opportunity to show that I can play more minutes in this league and maybe play a bigger role.

“You never know where the Coyotes might end up in a couple of years.”

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland then moved to add a grittier reserve defenseman to the team, picking up veteran Cory Cross from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2007 draft.

“We’re very pleased to have Cory join the Red Wings,” Holland said. “He’s a veteran NHL defenseman that brings size, strength and depth to our blueline. He moves the puck well and will fit in to our style of game.”

Cross started the season with the Edmonton Oilers, playing 34 games before being traded to the Penguins on January 26. He only played six games with Pittsburgh before joining the Red Wings.

On the season, Cross has scored two goals, added four assists, and compiled a -6 plus/minus rating.

Oilers Snap Wings Win Streak in Overtime

The Detroit Red Wings’ win streak has ended at 9 games. It came at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-3 win in overtime. However, even with the loss in overtime, the Wings have tied the NHL record for the most points in their first 14 games with 25.

The game winning goal came from Raffi Torres who skated into the Wings zone on a 2-on-1 break. He passed to Steve Staios on his right, who gave it back to him for a tap in past Chris Osgood‘s left pad.

The Oilers opened the scoring in the first period on a Shawn Horcoff goal at 4:34. Ryan Smyth was in with Horcoff on an odd man rush. Horcoff’s shots caromed off of Osgood’s skate and skittered over the line.

The Wings answered a little over 3 minutes later as Tomas Holmstrom intercepted a bad pass by Oilers’ Cory Cross in front of the net. Holmstrom skated to his right and sent his wrist shot over Jussi Markkanen’s glove.

The Oilers again opened the scoring in the second period with a power play goal from Ryan Smyth, who was standing all alone by the right post and took a pass from Ales Hemsky at 5:37.

The Wings answered again a little over three minutes later with a power play goal of their own. It was Tomas Holmstrom’s second goal of the game, taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk at the right circle, and again went top shelf over Markkanen’s glove.

The Oilers continued the trend with the first goal early in the period, this time coming from Fernando Pisani who deflected a Chris Pronger wrist shot from the right point at 4:11 of the third period.

The Wings continued to play catch-up, scoring almost four minutes later with a power play goal from Jason Williams. He scored on a one-timer from the left circle after a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Chris Osgood came up big a few times to help the Wings send it to overtime. Twice in the tenth minute of the third period he stopped excellent scoring opportunities by the Oilers. For the game, Osgood stopped 21 of the Oilers’ 25 shots, while Markkanen stopped 35 of the Wings’ 38 shots.

The Oilers converted on one of their four power play chances, which included a 5-on-3 for just over 30 seconds. The Wings coverted on two of their 6 chances with the man advantage.

The Wings next face the Coyotes at home on Saturday night.

NHL Rosters Jumbled as Trade Deadline Passes

As the NHL’s trade deadline came and went at 3:00 PM (US Eastern) on Tuesday, teams scrambled to shore up their rosters for a playoff push or deal away high-priced contracts in favor of rebuilding.

In all, twenty-five of the NHL’s thirty teams made a trade on Tuesday. All thirty teams made deals in the two days before the deadline.

Some of the big-name players traded on Monday and Tuesday include Sergei Berezin, Janne Niinimaa, Brad Isbister, Anson Carter and Valeri Bure.

Berezin was sent from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Niinimaa and Isbister were traded for each other in a multi-player deal. The New York Islanders send a package of Isbister and prospect Raffe Torres to the Edmonton Oilers for Niinimaa and two draft picks.

The Oilers also dealt Anson Carter, sending him and Ales Pisa to the New York Rangers for Radek Dvorak and Cory Cross.

Bure was sent to the St. Louis Blues, who traded Mike Van Ryn to Florida for him.

With rosters now set for the remainder of the season, the top teams in the league will make their playoff push.

Trading will not reopen until the end of the playoffs.

Falling Leafs

Brendan Shanahan did NOT manage to get his 500th career goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. But Jason Williams got his first, and Sean Avery got his second, and Sergei Fedorov, Luc Robitaille, and Igor Larionov all contributed to give the Red Wings a true team victory of 6-2 over the Maple Leafs in their first game at Joe Louis Arena in over a month.

With star goaltender Curtis Joseph out of the lineup with a broken wrist, it seemed like the Maple Leafs would be an easy mark for the Red Wings. Detroit opened the scoring just over halfway through the period. Chris Chelios brought the puck into the Leafs’ zone and passed to rookie Jason Williams at the right point. Williams fired a hard shot which redirected slightly off the skate of Cory Cross and into the net past goalie Corey Schwab, giving Williams his first NHL goal.

Detroit scored next during a tripping penalty to Bryan McCabe. Defenseman Aki Berg had lost his stick, and Brendan Shanahan neatly feathered a pass right by to Sergei Fedorov, who tipped the puck into the net.

Luc Robitaille put the Red Wings up by three goals during another power play, this time on an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Shane Corson. Nick Lidstrom‘s shot from the blue line was deflected wide of the net. Robitaille caught the puck and banged it in from the right side of the net, getting it in on the second try.

Toronto started the second period with a goalie switch, putting in 20-year-old Sebastien Centomo. It looked as if the Leafs would be able to get on the board, when Igor Larionov and Brendan Shanahan were sent to the penalty box within five seconds of each other, but Dominik Hasek stayed steady, and the penalty killers Chelios, Lidstrom, Fedorov, and Kris Draper stayed strong, allowing the Leafs only two shots on net during a full 1:55 of five-on-three hockey.

As if to add insult to injury, the Red Wings scored yet again on their power play, when Marc Moro was in the box for holding the stick. Pavel Datsyuk sent a perfectly aimed pass from the corner to Igor Larionov waiting in front of the net, and Larionov was easily able to redirect the puck past Centomo.

Tomas Kaberle finally ended Hasek’s potential shutout with six and a half minutes left in the second. The Wings were again killing off a five-on-three penalty, and Kaberle took a shot from the blue line which redirected off the stick of Draper and past a screened Hasek.

Mats Sundin scored while the Leafs were shorthanded, putting the game within reach. Sundin stole the puck from Larionov. Hasek came out to cut down the angle of Sundin’s shot, but Sundin instead kicked it between Hasek’s legs. Just before two Detroit defensemen could get back to clear it away, Sundin made a diving play and tapped the puck into the empty net.

The Red Wings answered both Toronto goals in the third period. Fedorov scored his second of the night just thirty-eight seconds in, going to the front of the net and tipping in Mathieu Dandenault‘s pass from the right wing corner.

Sean Avery put the game out of Toronto’s reach for good midway through the period. Angering Toronto tough guy Tie Domi with a hard, clean hit early in the game just wasn’t enough for Avery, so he skated hard for the front of the net, trailing Kirk Maltby on the right wing. Maltby faked a goal line shot, but instead passed across the crease to Avery, who flipped the puck into the wide open net.

Shots on net were thirty-five to twenty-five in Toronto’s favor. Detroit converted on three of six power plays, while Toronto converted on one of five. The Red Wings’ next game will be Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.


Darren McCarty had surgery on his infected finger, and should be back in the lineup by next week. The Red Wings record now stands at 45-11-6-2, meaning that even if they win only half of their remaining eighteen games, no other team in the Western Conference will be able to pass them.