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#41 evilzyme

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:04 PM

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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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:47 PM

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.

 

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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.”


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:38 PM

If he wants to be close to home, he's not going to return to thre NHL. Love the guy, but I don't think he'd seriously be competitive in this league anymore. Unless he's been preparing for this since he retired.
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:07 PM

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."

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:00 PM

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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Posted 28 January 2014 - 04:08 PM

Poor Rafi. No idea why he did this when he wasn't in shape.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:05 PM

:(

It's hard when the body gives out before the heart. At least he'll never wonder if he could've done it, he gave it a try and found out.

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:00 PM

Was it the alumni game that gave him the itch? 

 

shortest 'come out of retirement' ever ...


Edited by RedWingsRox, 28 January 2014 - 09:01 PM.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:51 AM

unfortunate really, i was hoping to hear a story somewhere he was happy playing retired down in florida and was enjoying the beer and sun. GL raffi and stay healthy.







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