Around the Rink – November 9 Edition

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Three former Wings to be inducted into HHOF today

Former captain Steve Yzerman, Luc Robitaille, and Brett Hull — all members of the Stanley Cup-winning 2001-02 squad —  will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this evening.The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on TSN (Canada) and the NHL Network (Canada and U.S.).

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com writes a fantastic article about Yzerman’s career and I highly recommend checking out the article.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press had a lengthy exclusive interview with Yzerman with topics ranging from how he has never regretted his decision to retire to what he has learned since joining the front office.
  • MLive.com quoted Yzerman as saying getting enshrined in the HHOF was the “greatest honor.” MLive.com also looked back at the 10 key moments of Yzerman’s 20-year NHL career.
  • The Detroit News looks back at Yzerman’s early start in hockey at the age of five.
  • Greg Eno of Out of Bounds discusses how the Wings did pretty well with their backup plan: drafting Yzerman when Pat LaFontaine was already taken.
  • Ted Lindsay wasn’t at a loss for words when it came to talking about The Captain.
  • The Windsor Star talks about how Yzerman feels strange to now be considered a Hall of Famer.

Wings fall 5-1 to Toronto

In the Hockey Hall of Fame game on Saturday in Toronto, the Wings dropped a 5-1 decision to the Maple Leafs. Before the game, the 2009 HHOF class was honored (see picture above). The Detroit News noted the one highlight of the loss as Dan Cleary scored his 100th career goal to snap a 12-game scoreless streak. Red Wings Blog, The Triple Deke, Winging It In Motown, and Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle posted their thoughts on the loss.

Forward Jason Williams fractured his right fibula according to The Detroit News. The Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that he expects the forward to be out for eight weeks with the injury, but does not anticipate calling anyone up since Patrick Eaves’ foot is feeling better and he should be able to re-enter the lineup.

In Other News

  • Former Red Wings defender Chris Chelios returned to Michigan this weekend when his Chicago Wolves (AHL) faced the Grand Rapids Griffins and Van Andel Arena. He told The Grand Rapids Press that his 25-game tryout with the Wolves has allowed for more family time, especially with his ill father who lives in Chicago.
  • The blogger behind Big Red Machine was able to attend the Red Wings’ autograph signing in Toronto on Friday afternoon and shared a picture of the poster signed by the team (minus Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen).
  • Brad May doesn’t like to wear a visor, but believes the NHL should mandate that visors be a requirement and yes he realizes those two statements conflict.
  • The amount of injuries popping up to the Wings has some bloggers worried, including Abel to Yzerman, The Production Line, and On the Wings. Drew at Nightmare on Helm Street reminds us that the Wings still have some great players left, who are not injured so don’t press the panic button yet.
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