Imagine yourself in place of Zdeno Chara here, just 4 feet shorter. That could be you today (and tomorrow)
- TPL has one awesome article up about the rarity that is a Mike Commodore goal. In 11 seasons, he has just 23 goals and TPL believes he must take those two goals this year and really amp up his celebration. [The Production Line]
- The final bobblehead day is down to its finalists: Todd Bertuzzi, Justin Abdelkader, and Niklas Kronwall. Big Bert being in there is odd, given that he openly criticized Danny Cleary's successful campaign and gave his own vote to Darren Helm for the final day. [Detroit Free Press]
- Awesome little quote from Larry Murphy regarding the Penguins' Cup in 1991. [The Malik Report]
"You don’t want to be the best team in October; you want to be the best team, in April and May, and that’s what happened," Murphy said. "The environment was one of improvement. We had the tools, and then we added a couple of pieces at the end, the type of players that we needed to put us over the top, and that’s exactly what happened."
- The Stanley Cup will be at Davison High School today from 1PM-3PM as Conn-Smythe winner Tim Thomas shows off his hardware. It will be in Ann Arbor and Jackson tomorrow. [Detroit Free Press]
- Nucks Misconduct has an interesting article up regarding what makes a good shooter a good goal scorer. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Patrick Kane, who had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his wrist, may miss training camp. The only thing that strikes me as odd regarding this is that he waited until mid-summer to have the surgery. Seems like it would have been easiest to have it done earlier on, but then again, I'm some guy behind a computer screen and he is making millions doing what he does so maybe I am wrong. [Second City Hockey]
- The Devils have been sued for $10 million by the band Black Water Rising for allegedly misusing a song without their permission and without license or giving credit. Only problem is that the Devils have apparently used the song legally to a T and the Senior Vice President of Licensing for ASCAP, the group that handles most musical licenses, openly called bullshit on the band's claims in an interview with SB Nation. Expect this to go away very soon. [SB Nation]
- The Sabres will likely look to make trades rather than waive players to get the team under the salary cap in time for the season. Anyone on their roster not named Myers or Miller interest you Wings fans? [Die By The Blade]
- This is interesting. There is a clear bias when it comes to which teams get national television exposure and, since 1994 at least, the Wings are one of the top teams in that regard. We are included in the 3rd most regularly seen matchup (Detroit/Colorado), twice in 4th place (Detroit/Chicago and Detroit/St. Louis), and 7 more times in spots 11-40. The most frequently seen matchup is New York and Philly, which is to be expected. Two major cities, one long standing rivalry, lots of physical play, and several of the greatest players of all time (Gretzky, Messier, Jagr, Bure, etc.) [Puck The Media]
Discussion of the Day: I am going to steal this from the fanpost that started all the Shea Weber non-sense roughly 15 months ago - if you could have just one player join the Red Wings and be the perfect Wing, who would it be? And no, you are not allowed to say Shea Weber or Ryan Suter or any other player we have heard a billion times now. Be original!