In Red Wings Land
Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi ready for challenges of pro hockey | Freep.com
One of the interesting kids from the next group of prospects gets a feature here from Helene and gives some real great quotes in terms of expectations that things are only going to get harder from here and that he knows he has to work that much harder to get ahead. My favorite quote from him talked about the worry about how the 5'10" Saarijarvi has to worry about the "too small" issue:
“I am not going to get so much taller, so it is about getting stronger. I know I am a good skater, that I can play the game.”
Vili has beefed up 15 pounds since being drafted and might look to get closer to 180, but with the elusiveness and vision he's shown, the guy isn't going to have to get really bulky to have a positive effect on moving the puck in the right direction.
Around the League
These teens found out something about TD Garden no one realized for 24 years - The Boston Globe
A group of teenagers in Boston discovered that when the TD Garden was built, part of the agreement which allowed the construction (which included a publicly-funded parking garage at the site) was that the owners were bound to hold three fundraisers per year to benefit recreational facilities around Boston. In the 24 years since, the owner of the Bruins has held exactly zero of those fundraisers.
I guess Jeremy Jacobs just forgot about his legally-binding pledge to benefit the city of Boston. In the same vein, part of the agreement regarding the Wings' new arena is a significant pledge to aid the city of Detroit in it's attempts at revitalizing their downtown area and trying to reverse the population trend which has sapped the city of much of its tax base. I have a feeling people will be keeping a closer eye on that than Boston city hall has been watching the emperor of the last two lockouts in his pledge.