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Brian Rafalski signs with ECHL team

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He will be our trade deadline addition. Hey let's add lid chili and howe while we are at!

FFS!

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According to Khan

"If he plays well in the ECHL and wants to take the next step to the AHL, the Red Wings would at least talk to him."

At this point I'd like to petition for Holland to get a lobotomy because he obviously doesn't use his brain properly. No offense to Rafy but please please don't come back to Det. Holland is insane enough to sign him I can see it now.

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Timing is everything. He hasn't played in 2 1/2 years, and this is mid-season. Has he been skating all this time? What kind of shape is he in?

If Rafalski had done this at the beginning of the season, he might already be on the team by now.

And Quincey would be gone.

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I thought he retired to be with God and his family...apparently hockey comes first after all.

Roose (I believe it was) sent out a tweet earlier after he talked with Rafi. He said he had made up his mind, or it was in his mind within the last month, before the alumni game. He also stated that god had sent him down this road, and he was just following his will. So he's still in the religious mindframe, he just believes God wants him to play hockey again.

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I wish him all the luck, however don't forget he played with Lids during his tenure here. The same perfect human that made Ian White look like an all-star.

Moreover, I believe I remember him playing quite poorly his last year in Detroit.

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Did anyone else catch the interview with Holland concerning the Rafi situation? All he kept saying is obviously he has no idea where Rafi is going with it, but they wanted to support him in wanting to play hockey close to home (the arena they said is nearly 5 minutes away from his house). Holland stated that if there was a player to beable to come back at the age of 41 and have a good come-back it would be a puck-moving defensemen such as Rafi. At the same time, he said there's 20-30 year olds out there pushing the pace and he didn't really know. It seemed like Holland wasn't interested in bringing him back to Detroit due to our given situation and deep pipeline, but he wanted to make it happen for Rafi and give him the chance to make it somewhere again.

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I took this not as a "comeback" comeback, but as him just wanting to play some organized hockey after getting "the itch" during the alumni game. Skating around is fun and all, but it doesn't compare to an organized game. Now he has that in the local ECHL team where he lives.

If that leads him to the AHL or possibly NHL interest, then more power to him. But I wouldn't be surprised if he finds himself content with the local ECHL team.

Edit:

Rafalski said: “I’m not leaving (Florida). I have too many commitments here right now. There are those things that would have to be address. My family is established here with my two boys in school. They’re not going anywhere.”

Edited by roboturner

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That was short lived (at least for the time being)

"@TSNBobMcKenzie: Florida Everblades (ECHL) have released Brian Rafalski, who hadn't played since Jan. 18 because of sore back. Team needed roster spot."

Guess he won't be in the nhl again after all, go figure

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