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.

Hasek to Sign with Ottawa, Devereaux Heads to Phoenix

The Detroit Red Wings lost two players to free agency on Monday as the Ottawa Senators announced that they would sign and name Dominik Hasek as their starting goaltender on Tuesday and the Phoenix Coyotes came to terms with forward Boyd Devereaux.

The terms of Hasek’s deal with the Senators are unknown. He was set to make $6 million last season before he voluntarily stopped collecting his salary in February after a season-ending groin injury.

Devereaux’s deal with the Coyotes is reportedly a one-year deal with a base salary of $650,000. The contract includes an option for a second year and performance-based bonuses that could raise Devereaux’s salary to $1.6 million over two years.

The Red Wings did not attempt to resign Hasek and had given him permission to speak with other teams at the end of the season. Hasek helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2002 before retiring that summer. The Red Wings signed Curtis Joseph to replace him but Hasek returned to the team in the summer of 2003, creating a logjam in the crease. Joseph will be the starter in Detroit next season.

Detroit did not tender Devereaux a qualifying offer by the July 1 deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Red Wings could have kept him off the market if they had offered him a deal based on the $1.6 million he made last season. They had hoped to bring him back at a reduced price but Devereaux was hoping to find a team where he could get more quality playing time.

Remaining free agent Red Wings include Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan and Mathieu Schneider. Brett Hull and Steve Thomas have been told they will not be brought back next year. Restricted free agents include Matheiu Dandenault, Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Fischer and Jason Williams. Kris Draper already signed a 4-year deal with the Red Wings.

Several Wings Become Unrestricted Free Agents

Despite reports to the contrary, the Detroit Red Wings did not sign forward Kris Draper to a new contract late Wednesday night. Draper, who had a career year last season, has become an unrestricted free agent along with Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Mathieu Schneider and Boyd Devereaux.

Brett Hull, Steve Thomas and Dominik Hasek also became unrestricted free agents but the Red Wings had already notified them that the team would not attempt to resign them. Hasek is reportedly close to a deal with the Ottawa Senators.

NHL free agency began at midnight on Thursday. Unrestricted free agents across the league include Ottawa’s Peter Bondra, Colorado’s Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, Los Angeles’ Jason Allison and New York’s Eric Lindros.

Detroit captain Steve Yzerman is also an unrestricted free agent but he is expected to sign with the Red Wings as soon as he recovers from his season-ending facial injury.

Draper is reportedly close to a deal and some rumors say he had even signed a new contract but nothing is done yet between him and the club.

Shanahan and Chelios both intend to stay in Detroit and are close to deals. Schneider and the Red Wings are far apart and Schneider is expected to garner interest from Los Angeles and the New York Rangers, teams he had previously played on.

The Red Wings are interested at brining back Devereaux at significantly less than the $1.6 million he made last season.

Restricted free agents on the Detroit roster include Mathieu Dandenault and Jiri Fischer and forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams.

OT Loss in Game One

In spite of dominant play by Detroit early in the game, goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff allowed his Calgary Flames time to find their skating legs and climb back to a 2-1 overtime win.

Detroit was clearly the leading team in the first period, outshooting Calgary 13 to 2. The Flames, for their part, looked weary and unable to challenge Detroit or do much to defend their own net. Kiprusoff, fortunately for them, held his ground and kept the Red Wings off the scoreboard until the second period.

Robert Lang opened the scoring with 6:14 gone in the second. Brendan Shanahan carried the puck into the Flames’ zone, then centered a pass to Lang. Lang was being held up by defenseman Rhett Warrener as he pushed towards the net, but he held Warrener off with one arm and shot the puck towards the net with the other arm. The puck flew up and over Kiprusoff’s blocker arm.

Jarome Iginla had a good chance to tie the game at the end of a Calgary penalty. Martin Gelinas stepped out of the penalty box to join the charge up the ice, giving the Flames a three-on-one rush. Luckily for Curtis Joseph, Iginla’s shot rang off the crossbar.

Joseph’s luck didn’t hold, however, as Robyn Regehr tied the game with two minutes left in the second. Regehr shot the puck from the left point, through a screen of multiple players from both teams. Somehow the puck found its way through the mass of bodies, but Joseph was unable to see it until it was too late.

Chuck Kobasew nearly moved the Flames into the lead early in the third, but Joseph was able to get his leg pad down flat to the ice and hold steady while Kobasew whacked at the puck.

The Red Wings, as the game wore on, began to seem tired. The Flames, on the other hand, seemed to gain energy, and began to consistently beat the Red Wings to loose pucks and break up potential scoring plays by poking the puck away at the blue line.

Marcus Nilson’s first career playoff goal ended the game with just 2:39 gone into overtime. Gelinas beat Jiri Fisher to the puck behind the net. Mathieu Dandenault left the front of the net to help Fischer. As he did so, Gelinas threw the puck out front to Nilson coming up the left side. Nilson one-timed a shot which sailed into the net just over the top of Joseph’s catching glove.

Detroit outshot Calgary by a count of 29 to 18, and won 40 of the 68 faceoffs. Neither team was able to score on the power play: Detroit was 0 for 6 and Calgary was 0 for 3. The Red Wings and Flames will continue their conference semi-final series with Game Two Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

Steve Thomas was out this game due to a groin injury. Jason Williams came into the lineup in his stead.

Jackets Down Wings in Regular Season Closer

In a game of no postseason consequence, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1, Saturday night. It was the last game of the season for both teams. The Red Wings had already clinched the NHL’s best record, while the Blue Jackets were already eliminated from the playoffs.

Columbus opened the game’s scoring 6:27 into the game. On the power play, former Red Wing Anders Eriksson fired a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Just outside the crease, the puck was deflected downwards and slipped under the glove of Detroit goalie Manny Legace.

The Red Wings tied the game just 50 seconds later. Defenseman Derian Hatcher fired a shot from the blue line that went wide of the net and bounced off the boards behind Columbus netminder Marc Denis. Steve Thomas picked up the loose puck at the other side of the net and banked a shot off Denis, tying the game.

Rick Nash scored his league-leading 41st goal of the season 4:07 into the second period to put the Blue Jackets back on top. Nash beat Legace with a shot from the bottom of the right circle.

Just 3:45 later, Trevor Letowski lifted a shot over Legace from in close to put Columbus up by two.

The Red Wings were unable to score to even the game up, and the Blue Jackets added a goal by David Vyborny with eight seconds remaining in the game.

Legace stopped 13 shots out of the 17 he faced in the game, while Denis made 32 saves on 33 shots.

The Red Wings will open the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday or Thursday night against either the Nashville Predators or the Edmonton Oilers.

Wings Defeat Blues, Claim President’s Trophy

The Detroit Red Wings’ Ray Whitney scored late in the second period Thursday night to give Detroit a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, clinching the President’s Trophy for the Red Wings with one game remaining in the season. It is the second time in three years and fourth time since 1995 that Detroit has won the President’s Trophy, awarded to the team with the NHL’s best regular season record.

Whitney scored with 2:02 remaining in the second period and fourth-string goaltender Marc Lamothe allowed only two goals on 28 shots against as the Red Wings held off a St. Louis team fighting to make the playoffs.

With the game tied a two, the Red Wings had the Blues reeling in their own zone. Whitney faked a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle and skated in to the faceoof dot, firing a quick wrister over St. Louis goaltender Chris Osgood‘s shoulder and into the top of the net.

Detroit had opened the scoring 6:32 into the game on a goal by Boyd Devereaux. With Osgood sprawling across the goal crease, Devereaux got the puck from defenseman Chris Chelios at the left side of the net. He roofed a shot over Osgood and put the Wings up by one early.

Steve Thomas added to the Red Wings’ lead with 7:14 remaining in the opening frame. As Brett Hull skated into the St. Louis zone with Pavel Datsyuk, Thomas trailed the play. Coming down the right side of the ice, Hull dropped a pass to Thomas, who fired a shot past Osgood, giving Detroit a two-goal lead.

St. Louis tied the game with two goals just 1:13 apart early in the second period. Former Red Wing Mike Sillinger scored 1:52 into the period to put the Blues on the board and Brain Savage knocked in a loose puck at 3:05 to tie the game.

Lamothe stopped 13 shots in the third period to preserve the Red Wings’ lead. Osgood stopped nine of the 12 shots he faced in the game.

The Red Wings were perfect on the penalty kill, not allowing a goal on either of the two St. Louis power play chances. Detroit did not have any power play attempts of their own, as St. Louis was not penalized in the game. The Red Wings have had only one attempt with the man-advantage in the last two games.

The Red Wings will wrap up their season Saturday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Wings Show Wild Some Variety in Win

If it’s true that a team needs offense from all possible sources in order to succeed in the playoffs, then the Red Wings look to be in pretty decent shape headng into next week. Five different players scored goals to overcome the normally stifling defense of the Minnesota Wild in a 5-3 win.

Darren McCarty opened the scoring early in the first. Kirk Maltby carried the puck into Minnesota’s zone and dropped a pass back to McCarty, who took a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Wild goalie Manny Fernandez was sliding to his right, and the puck sailed over his catching glove.

Andrei Zyuzin tied the game up with a power play goal midway through the period. Zyuzin was able to drive to the net with no one covering him, then slam Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s centering pass past Manny Legace.

Jiri Fischer regained the lead for Detroit late in the first with a similar goal””he pushed his way to the net and banged in a centering pass from Brendan Shanahan.

Shanahan and Boyd Devereaux scored in quick succession to open the second period. Shanahan scored off a hard wrist shot set up by Ray Whitney‘s hard work shaking off a Minnesota defenseman in the right corner. Devereaux’s goal came after Jason Williams‘ shot bounced off the back of Willie Mitchell, who was tussling with Tomas Holmstrom in front of the goal crease. Devereaux was able to scoop up the loose puck and put it into an empty corner of the net while Fernandez was screened by Holmstrom and Mitchell.

Alexandre Daigle brought the Wild back within a pair a few minutes later. Wes Walz cleanly won a faceoff in Detroit’s zone, and Daigle one-timed the shot before Legace was quite ready for it. The puck barely squeezed through between the goalie’s pads.
Daigle outskated Derian Hatcher and put his own rebound into the net at a very tight angle to bring the Wild within one goal with 8:32 left in the game, but Pavel Datsyuk put the game out of reach with his 30th goal of the season. Datsyuk picked up the rebound from Brett Hull‘s shot, danced around three Minnesota skaters in the slot, then whipped the puck past Fernandez.

Detroit outshot Minnesota by a count of 38 to 24. The Red Wings will head out for their last road trip of the regular season after tonight. They’ll play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday and the St. Louis Blues on Thursday before returning home to close the season against Columbus on Saturday.

Detroit only needs one more point in the standings to clinch the Western Conference title”¦. Kris Draper and Robert Lang should be back in the lineup for Wednesday’s game. Mathieu Dandenault could return for Saturday’s game”¦. The Detroit chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association has nominated Steve Thomas as the Red Wings’ candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to the player who most exemplifies perseverance and dedication to hockey.

Wounded Wings hold off Flames for 2-1 win

The Detroit Red Wings were without defensemen Chris Chelios and Jason Woolley but were still able to close out their Western Canada road trip with a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames Thursday night.

Pavel Datsyuk assisted on both Red Wings goals and callup Anders Myrvold filled in admirably for the injured Chelios as Detroit held of a third period push by the Flames.

Ray Whitney opened the game’s scoring with 3:24 left in the first period. The Flames attempted an outlet pass just as a penalty to Datsyuk expired. Datsyuk stepped out of the box and moved into the high slot, picking off the pass. He got the puck to Henrik Zetterberg, who skated through the left faceoff circle and faked the shot before passing to Whitney, who was all alone at the edge of the crease to tip the puck into the net.

Steve Thomas scored the only goal of the second period with 4:13 remaining in the middle frame. Datsyuk again stole the puck at the blue line and sent it down to Brett Hull in the slot. Hull tipped it to Thomas who skated in on Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and rifled a shot over his shoulder.

Calgary’s Chuk Kobasew scored the Flames’ lone goal with 7:51 remaining in the game. Kobasew got the puck at the right point and had a clear lane to the goal. He stempt up into the faceoff circle and blasted a shot by Detroit netminder Manny Legace.

The Flames had a 6-on-4 manpower advantage in the games closing seconds with Kiprusoff on the bench and Detroit’s Steve Yzerman in the penalty box but were unable to tie the game.

Legace stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced in net for the Red Wings, while Kiprusoff stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced manning the Calgary crease.

The Red Wings are next in action on Sunday when they play their only game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chris Chelios took the pre-game skate but was unable to play… Jason Woolley was retroactively placed on the injured reserve to make room for Myrvold. Woolley is eligable to return for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.

Ten Times Three: 3 Wings Hit 10-Goal Mark in Win Over Blues

The people complaining about scoring being down in the NHL obviously aren’t watching the Red Wings””tonight they made the offense look easy. Kirk Maltby, Henrik Zetterberg, and Ray Whitney all scored their tenth goals of the season tonight, contributing to a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Maltby opened the scoring shorthanded with 8:22 left in the first period. Darren McCarty was in the box for unsportsmanlike conduct, but it looked like Detroit was the team on the power play. Steve Yzerman couldn’t get a clean shot away in front of the net, but Maltby was trailing. He grabbed up the puck, deked around goaltender Reinhard Divis, and slid the puck in low.

Zetterberg increased the Wings’ lead with a power play goal early in the second. Whitney shot the puck towards the net, where Brett Hull was waiting to deflect it. The puck dropped just to the side of the goalie’s skate, and Zetterberg was right there to tap it into the net.

Manny Legace was strong in net for Detroit, showing his skills with the catching glove by making a breakaway save against Ryan Johnson a couple of minutes after Zetterberg’s goal.

It took a redirection for the Blues to finally beat Legace; Doug Weight deflected a tight angle shot by Keith Tkachuk at 14:38 to put the Blues within one goal.

Zetterberg brought Detroit back up to a two-goal lead with another power play goal late in the period. It was very similar to his first goal: Mathieu Schneider sent the puck deep into the zone, Whitney centered it, and Zetterberg tapped it past Divis.

The Red Wings didn’t sit back on their lead in the third period. Zetterberg and Steve Thomas set McCarty up for a wrist shot which beat Divis to the right side. Whitney capped off the scoring by one-timing a pass by Hull from the slot into the top corner of the net.

Detroit pretty much outplayed St. Louis all night: they outshot the Blues by 38 to 26, won 40 of 58 faceoffs, and killed off five St. Louis power plays.

The Red Wings start a road trip through the Northwest Division after tonight, beginning with a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.

Jason Woolley sat out his second game in a row with a sore back. Woolley is expected to return during the road trip…. Curtis Joseph will travel with the team and is expected to begin skating on his healing right ankle sometime next week…. The Red Wings have held their opponents scoreless in the first period for their past five games straight.

Oilers Not So Slick: Wings Take 2-1 Win

The Red Wings caused the Edmonton Oilers’ playoff hopes to dwindle even further on Monday night. The Oilers are seven points out of a playoff spot, stuck in 11th place in the Western Conference and fighting for every point they can get, but Manny Legace‘s goaltending and Kris Draper‘s 5th shorthanded goal of the season denied them the opportunity.

The Red Wings pressured the Oilers early in the game. Brendan Shanahan had two very good scoring chances against Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo. His first one rang off the inside of the goalpost but didn’t cross the line, and his second hit the goaltender square in the chest.

The Oilers began to reverse the pressure after awhile, and the Red Wings caught their lucky break of the game. Legace made a glove save against Ales Hemsky while sprawled on the ice. Video replay showed that Legace’s glove was across the goal line, but the puck was not visible at all in the shot. Without conclusive sight of the puck crossing the line, the video officials had to confirm the on-ice ruling of no goal.

Draper opened the scoring with 6:23 left in the first period, in spite of the fact that the Oilers were on the power play. Detroit had cleared the puck deep into the Edmonton zone, and Kirk Maltby stripped the puck away from Eric Brewer behind Salo’s net. Maltby centered the pass to Draper coming up through the high slot, and Draper one-timed a shot which beat Salo high.

The Oilers had 17 shots to the Wings’ 8 after the first period, but Detroit completely dominated the second. They held the puck in the Oilers’ zone for the most part, and they did not allow their opponents a single shot on goal through the entire twenty minutes of play.

Even with all that time on attack, Salo only allowed one goal. Mathieu Schneider picked up a pass from Henrik Zetterberg, deked around a defenseman, delayed his shot until Salo committed to a low save, then put the puck high under the crossbar.

The Oilers’ offense came back for the end of the game. Legace had to be quick several times, especially early in the period when Georges Laraque had a near-breakaway.

Edmonton got on the scoreboard during a power play with Chris Chelios in the box for cross-checking. Jarret Stoll came down the left wing side with no one covering him, and he was able to get to the rebound from Laraque’s shot to slide the puck underneath Legace.

The Oilers pulled Salo for an extra skater with just under a minute to go, but the Red Wings kept the puck away from them well enough that they weren’t able to force overtime.

Legace made 29 saves on 30 shots, while Salo left the game with 24 saves on 26 shots.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Wednesday night when the Phoenix Coyotes come to the Joe.

Draper’s fifth shorthanded goal moves him into second place in shorthanded scoring this season. The leader is Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, who has seven”¦. Mathieu Dandenault played center for the first time in his NHL career, between Steve Thomas and Darren McCarty. Thomas was heard jokingly referring to their new line as the “Donut Line” (nothing in the middle)”¦. The second period was only the third time in franchise history that the Oilers have had no shots in a period.

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