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Quick Hits: It's the NHL's Fault

  • This is just too ridiculous for words - the city of Vancouver is blaming the NHL for the riots that happened in June after the Canucks lost Game 7.  Despite saying it underestimated how large the crowds would be (even though they pushed for people to come) and pretty much laid the groundwork for the situation to occur, they are blaming the NHL for the incident.  I know we have some Vancouver fans who read here occasionally, can you guys honestly back your city up here?  Is this really the NHL's fault? [Puck Daddy]
  • Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was hospitalized yesterday after a bike accident.  Broken ribs, broken shoulder, some stitches.  Sounds like a typical day at the office for someone on Chris Pronger's bad side. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe, will be at Lakeside Mall (Sterling Heights, Schoehnerr and Hall Road) signing autographs on Saturday. [Detroit Free Press]
  • This one got a good laugh out of me yesterday: apparently some people were in shock in New York over the weekend when Henrik Zetterberg walked down the street in full gear.  This is a physics-defying sight as he was in Michigan at a team skate (presumably in full gear as well).  Long story short: it's the Fake Zetterberg crew filming their new season. [Detroit Free Press]
  • If you have Insider access, ESPN has their Red Wings preview up. [ESPN]
  • Former Red Wings backup extraordinaire Manny Legace continues to have trouble finding another full time spot.  After failing to make the Islanders (the Islanders!) on a try out last summer, he will try to do the same with the Canucks.  Presumably, Vancouver will riot regardless of how he does because the NHL is forcing them to. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Unlike pretty much everyone out there, PPP thinks Ian White was the 9th worst signing of the offseason.  They do have some history with White to back this claim up, but this is the Wings, not the Maple Leafs. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Good news, everyone.  Last week, I posted a link to a live feed for an attempt at the longest hockey game in history. The ladies managed to do it with a final score of 1372-978, with the top scorer having 266 goals.  The game was 242 continuous hours which amounts to just under 3 full seasons of NHL regulation games played continuously with no breaks.  Congratulations to everyone involved.  Do yourself a favor and go break the record for longest nap now. [Puck Daddy]
  • ILWT is high on Adam Larsson and I cannot blame them.  He's one of two NHL-ready players from this summer's draft and was good enough that some Wings fans here on WIIM were debating sending Franzen to Edmonton for the first pick and a chance at Larsson. [In Lou We Trust]
  • Here is the NHL pre-season National TV Schedule [Puck The Media]:

Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m. – Toronto vs. Philadelphia (VERSUS)
Sept. 22, 9:00 p.m. – Vancouver vs. Edmonton (TSN)
Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m. – Buffalo vs. Toronto (CBC)
Sept. 24, 10:00 p.m. –
Anaheim vs. Vancouver (CBC)
Sept. 26, 4:00 p.m. – Winnipeg vs. Ottawa (CBC)
Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. – NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia (VERSUS)
Sept. 27, 9:00 p.m. – NY Islanders vs. Calgary (TSN)
Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m. – Detroit vs. Chicago (VERSUS)
Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m. – Carolina vs. Winnipeg (TSN)
Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. – New Jersey vs. Philadelphia (VERSUS)
Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. – Tampa Bay vs. Montreal (TSN)
Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. –
Detroit vs. Toronto (CBC)
Oct. 1, 10:00 p.m. –
Edmonton vs. Vancouver (CBC)

  • Patrick Kane expects to be back in time for the regular season.  In other news, Sidney Crosby was hoping to be back in time for the playoffs.  Let it heal, Patrick.  Let it heal. [NBC Sports]
  • Let's end today with an awesome quote from Flames GM Jay Feaster who does not like high draft pick rebuilding [FanNation]:

[...]every year, for the last 10 years, five years, eight years, have finished in the bottom five, bottom seven, bottom 10? They've had a pick anywhere from No. 1 to No. 10 year after year after year after year, and they still wander in the desert.