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  1. Just left breakfast at the resort and walked behind Howard who looked like he was limping. Had heard yesterday he limped off the ice.
  2. added 12:45pm, BOSTON (June 7, 2011)— Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has been suspended for four games for delivering a late hit to Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final, the National Hockey League announced today. “Two factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. “The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury.” Rome was assessed a five-minute major penalty for interference and game misconduct at 5:07 of the first period. Rome will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final series. In the event that the Final ends before Game 7, the suspension will carry over to the start of the 2011-12 regular season.
  3. Rome Gets A Four Game Suspension Blog: KK Hockey By Paul 06/07/11 at 12:37 PM ET | Comments (2) via Dan Murphy tweet, NHL suspends Canucks Aaron Rome 4 games for hit on Nathan Horton in game 3 of Stanley Cup Final.
  4. Beth and I are attending again this year and will be more than happy to help you out again - worked out fine last year.
  5. http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2010/08/the_sporting_news_willie_mitch.html The Sporting News: Willie Mitchell's considering Red Wings offer Fantastic news from the Sporting News's Craig Custance about unrestricted free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell. Mitchell's agent, Mike Liut, is also Mike Modano's agent, and as such, he and Red Wings GM Ken Holland have talked about the possibility of Mitchell joining the Wings: August 6, The Sporting News: "The Red Wings, they’re one of the teams,” Liut told Sporting News. “Everybody is interested in the Red Wings.” A deal for Mitchell would likely mean the Red Wings would have to make an additional move or two to create space under the salary cap. According to CapGeek.com, the Red Wings have $1.6 million in cap space. Mitchell made $3.5 million last year. “As we go here, it’s got to add up to $59.5 (million),” Red Wings GM Ken Holland told Sporting News. “Yeah, we’ve got decisions to make but we think they’re good decisions to make.”
  6. http://www.detnews.comDetroit -- Red Wings captain Nick Lidstrom will return for the 2010-11 season, much to the great relief of the entire organization. Wings officials will announce later today Lidstrom has agreed to a one-year deal. The exact amount was unknown, but it is believed to be near $6 million. Lidstrom, at 40, remains one of the elite defensemen in the NHL. He played in all 82 games last season and was a plus-22. The Red Wings have reached the playoffs in each of the 18 seasons Lidstrom been in the league. With Lidstrom in the fold, Wings general manager Ken Holland can now turn his attention to signing unrestricted free agents Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom, as well as restricted free agents Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller. /article/20100601/SPORTS0103/6010384/Lidstrom-will-return-to-Wings
  7. http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/20...by_to_have.html Red Wings' Kirk Maltby to have shoulder surgery; Andreas Lilja ready to play on MondayBy Ansar Khan February 24, 2010, 3:42PM DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby said today that he will have shoulder surgery early next week, keeping him out for the remainder of the regular season. Maltby will be placed on long-term injured serve, solving the club's salary-cap issues. This will enable defenseman Andreas Lilja to be activated. Lilja said he expects to be in the lineup Monday at Colorado, in the first game following the Olympic break. “It kind of stinks, not how you want to finish a year at any time but when you can’t do certain things and play the way you want to play on a consistent basis, it's something that had to be addressed, whether it was sooner or later,'' Maltby said. "I ended up playing with it all year, so obviously now that the club’s getting a lot healthier, it’s an easier decision to do it now.'' Maltby said he doesn’t know the exact time frame for his recover but is hoping it’s four-to-six weeks. He is hoping to return for the playoffs. "It’s basically going to come close to the end of the season, if not the end,'' Maltby said. "Hopefully, there’s no surprises when they go in, which I don’t expect there will be, and just take care of business, get it rehabbed as quick as possible and get back into game shape and hopefully be ready to help the team make a run in the playoffs.’’ Lilja said only some paperwork needs to be completed before he is cleared, but team doctors told him that, medically, he is good to go. Monday would be Lilja's first NHL game in one year and one day, since Feb. 28, 2009, when he sustained a concussion on a punch to the chin from Nashville's Shea Weber. The Red Wings' non-Olympians participated in their first post-break practice at Joe Louis Arena. Everyone not playing in the Olympics skated, including forwards Tomas Holmstrom (knee) and Patrick Eaves (sprained ankle). Eaves said he ready to play on Monday.
  8. http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/20...zen_skates.html By Ansar Khan January 05, 2010, 3:51PM ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen skated with his teammates for the first time on Tuesday since suffering a torn ACL on Oct. 8. “I had the catch the bus, it’s leaving in 20 minutes, so I couldn’t go out after,'' Franzen said. “It’s only a pregame skate so it’s not that hard, no battling, only up and down and shooting a little bit.’’ Franzen said he doesn't know if this is an indication that he might return before the Olympic break. "Got to be careful, still,'' he said. Said coach Mike Babcock: “I saw him yesterday, he was on the ice before us, he shot it in the top corner (with) a wrist shot from the far end and I thought, 'Geez, we could use him. I haven’t seen a whole lot of that going on this year.' '' Right wing Jason Williams (broken fibula on Nov. 7) skated in a warmup suit near the end of practice, the first time he's really tested his leg on the ice. "It's still a little ways from being able to play,'' Williams. "I'm just happy I could get out there and sort of tolerate everything a little bit more than the first time I went out.'' Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (sprained MCL) is the only player who isn't skating. He had a recent setback and hasn't been on the ice since Dec. 20. "Just trying to be careful, not do anything that's going to set us back,'' Kronwall said. "Being patient now. Letting the (cortisone) shot I took last week do its thing.''
  9. http://www.freep.com/article/20091216/SPOR...s-hit-was-clean Red Wings' Jonathan Ericsson upbeat about injury, has no ill will toward Shane Doan BY HELENE ST. JAMES FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson can’t quite straighten out his left leg and can’t quite bend it, either, but given that he has no ligament damage to his knee, he is, more than anything, upbeat. “I feel pretty good,†he said today, the first time he spoke since suffering a deep bone bruise when he was hit by Phoenix’s Shane Doan in the first period of Monday’s 3-2 victory. Ericsson is out at least two weeks. “It could have been worse, a lot worse,†he said. “I felt my leg go in the other direction, so I felt something was wrong right away. I was just glad that it wasn’t worse. I was in here and they took a look at it right away, and the things that worried me the most, they were pretty stable right away. So that kind of got my hopes up a little bit more. Then the MRI showed there was nothing wrong with my ACL, so I’m happy.†The Wings won’t really have a firm grasp on when Ericsson might return until swelling subsides. Ericsson bears no grudge against Doan, saying, “It was a clean hit, it’s just he hit my leg first and just hit the inside of my knee. That was where the big impact was. I don’t feel it was a dirty hit at all.†Doan reached out through a Wings trainer to say he felt bad about causing injury, according to Ericsson. “I appreciate those kinds of things," he said. "Even though it wasn’t a dirty hit, he was still worried. I kind of respect him more as a player right now -- he’s concerned about me after what happened, and it’s nice.†Ericsson joins a sick bay that already included forwards Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Dan Cleary and Darren Helm, plus defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Andreas Lilja. “It just feels like it’s got to be enough now,†Ericsson said. “We’ve had some unlucky injuries, and it just keeps going. Now it’s got to be a stop for it.â€
  10. http://www.freep.com/article/20091216/SPOR...ate-at-practice Detroit Red Wings forwards Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen and defenseman Niklas Kronwall skated today at Joe Louis Arena, but forward Darren Helm did not. Filppula, who is the closest of the injured Wings to returning to action, skated with the team during practice drills and attempted some wrist shots. Filppula has been out since Oct. 29 with a broken right wrist. “It was fun, a lot of fun,†Filppula said of skating with the rest of the team. “Been missing doing that.†“Now I can start practicing with the guys. I’m still a couple weeks away, probably, from playing, but I felt pretty good.†Kronwall and Franzen both were skating for the first time since they were injured. Kronwall has been out since Nov. 21 with a sprained left medial collateral ligament, and Franzen has been out since Oct. 8 with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. Franzen joked that since everyone else was skating, he decided to lace up the skates, too. “I wasn’t hoping for a good workout or anything like that,†Franzen said. “Want to smell the ice and feel my stick and do all that.†Kronwall likely won’t return until the end of the month or early January. Franzen isn’t expected back until February or March. Helm remains day-to-day with a strained tendon in his left wrist.
  11. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2009121...ructural-damage Detroit -- The news on Jonathan Ericsson was as good as could be expected for the Wings. Tests revealed a deep bone bruise on his left knee and in his calf muscle, but no structural damage. "What I've been told is that he'll be out a minimum of two weeks, but we will know a lot more in a week or so," general manager Ken Holland said. Ericsson was injured Monday on a check from Phoenix captain Shane Doan in the first period. Holland said the Wings will recall Doug Janik from Grand Rapids to replace Ericsson. "Janik has the ability to kill penalties, and Jonathan Ericsson was eating up a lot of minutes on our penalty-kill," Holland said. "We needed a guy with the same ability to eat up those minutes." Janik, who has played in one game with the Wings this season, had 15 points and a plus-10 rating in Grand Rapids. Darren Helm, who has a strained tendon in his wrist, will be evaluated again Wednesday. He could play Thursday against Tampa Bay.
  12. http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hock..._off_to_philly/ Ward Stays, Leighton Off To Philly by Paul on 12/15/09 at 12:10 PM ET via the CarolinaHurricanes Twitter, Aaron Ward has cleared waivers, but Michael Leighton has been claimed by Philadelphia.
  13. If you want to stay downtown, a very nice hotel to stay at is the newly renovated Book Cadillac Hotel. They also have a great bar on the first floor called 24. It's within walking distance to The Joe (though quite a walk) - a cab might be your best bet. Greektown is a lot of fun and safe. We also have a few casinos (that all have nice hotels attached) that might be an option. There is also a good bar called 150, which is near Cobo Hall (which you can walk through to get to The Joe). It's located in the John Madden Office Building (which has a People Mover stop, as does Cobo/The Joe).
  14. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=506470 Tuesday, 11.17.2009 / 3:15 PM / News By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Staff Writer Brendan Shanahan, who scored big on and off the ice during his 21 NHL seasons, Tuesday announced his retirement. Shanahan leaves the game with 656 goals and 1,354 points in 1,524 games. He's 11th all-time in goals and 23rd in points. He's also the only player in NHL history with at least 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes. He won three Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal and played in eight NHL All-Star Games, but Shanahan's ultimate legacy will be how he helped lead the game coming out of the labor stoppage that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season. His "Shanahan Summit" brought together some of the best and brightest minds of the game from both sides of the player/management debate. A number of philosophical and rules changes came about, leading to the way the game is played today, from tighter enforcement of obstruction-type fouls to the trapezoid behind the goals. The second pick of the 1987 Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils, Shanahan also played for the St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers during his career. After four seasons with New Jersey, he signed with St. Louis following the 1990-91 season; as compensation, the Devils were awarded defenseman Scott Stevens. Shanahan twice scored 50 goals in four seasons with the Blues, and then was traded to Hartford following the 1994-95 season, in exchange for Chris Pronger. Shanahan spent just one full season with the Whalers, and then was dealt to the Red Wings just two games into the 1996-97 season. Shanahan's greatest on-ice success came during his nine seasons with the Red Wings. He played at least 75 games each season, scored at least 30 goals seven times and more than 40 goals three times. He also won his three Stanley Cups, in 1997, '98 and 2002. He signed with the Rangers prior to the start of the 2006-07 season, and spent two seasons on Broadway. Shanahan last played in the NHL last season, signing with Devils midway through the season and finishing with 6 goals and 14 points in 34 games. He re-signed with the Devils over the summer, but left the team during training camp when he and coach Jacques Lemaire couldn't come to an agreement on what Shanahan's role on the club would be.
  15. Kane, Toews, Keith deny signing rumor November 17, 2009 It’s no secret the Blackhawks want to keep Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith around for a long time, but -- despite recent published reports -- none are signed for next year yet. ``I guess there’s a little bit of a rumor out there,’’ Kane said after practice on Tuesday, ``but it’s between my agent and Stan (Hawks’ general manager Stan Bowman) and the Blackhawks’ organization.’’ Because the NHL’s salary cap might drop for next season Bowman could be facing a big challenge in keeping the nucleus of his promising, young team together. Signing all three stars might be difficult, and the reports of an imminent signing of any of them could be premature. ``I don’t know when it will happen,’’ said Kane. ``Maybe the story got a little blown out of proportion. Who knows what will happen?’’ All three stars, though, said they want to remain with the Hawks. ``There’s no contract, but I like it here and I want to stay here,’’ said Keith. ``It’s a good feeling to be a part of this group. I’d like to be here a long time.’’ ``It’d be cool (to stay with the Hawks),’’ said Toews, ``but that’s still something to be determined. I’m not going to lie. It’s exciting to think about, but it’s handled by other people for you. Hopefully the fans want us to stay here a long time, because we do to. We’ll see how it goes.’’ http://www.suntimes.com/sports/hockey/blac...gned-17.article