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Three former Wings now enshrined in HHOF
On Monday evening, three former Red Wings’ players — Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, and Luc Robitaille — had the honor of being enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame. NHL.com has made each of the players’ induction speeches available online so you can watch the speeches given by Yzerman, Hull, and Robitaille.
Plenty has been said leading up to the big night (as we’ve linked to in the past week), but here’s what the media and bloggers have added since the ceremony.
- The Detroit Free Press has a section of their website dedicated to the induction with a focus on Steve Yzerman. Articles under the section include a recollection by Hull and Robitaille of their Detroit days, Yzerman discusses how winning the Cup later in his career made him appreciate it all the more, and the complete text of Yzerman’s 10+ minute induction speech.
- The Detroit News writes how memories of the 2002 Cup-winning season dominate the Hall of Fame.
- MLive.com talked about Yzerman’s references to his childhood hockey idol in his induction speech. He mentioned how as a kid he had posters of hockey players decorating the walls in his room, which can be weird to picture as there were thousands of kids and probably more adults, who put up posters of Yzerman on their walls.
- The Ottawa Citizen points out that Yzerman’s speech was another example of his grace and class as he seemingly thanked everyone under the sun for their role in his career.
- Bob Duff of The Windsor Star notes a comment made by Brett Hull comparing the Wings to the Yankees of old.
- Puck Daddy, the hockey blog at Yahoo!, argues why this 2009 class may be the strongest of the decade. Other bloggers have chimed in with their own thoughts, including Abel to Yzerman, Bingo Bango, Hockeytown Static, Nightmare on Helm Street, Octopus Thrower, On the Wings, Red Wings Hardware, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, The Scrappy Octopus, The Triple Deke, and Winging It In Motown.
In Other News
- The Wings will return to action tonight as they face off against the Blue Jackets in Columbus at 7 p.m. EDT on FSDetroit and FSOhio.
- Coach Mike Babcock told DRW.com that he is cautious of Columbus’ netminder Steve Mason, who has experienced the sophomore slump so far this season but Babcock doesn’t believe that will remain true for long. The injury-riddled team will provide an opportunity for forwards Ville Leino and Patrick Eaves to shine.
- Lineup Updates: The Detroit News reports that defenseman Brett Lebda missed practice on Monday due to illness and his status for Wednesday’s game is still TBD. With Jason Williams out with a broken leg, there is a void at the point on the second power-play unit. Defenseman Brad Stuart may fill that void according to MLive.com.
- Former Red Wings’ forward Darren McCarty has gotten a gig with Versus as a guest analyst for Nov. 23 when the Wings visit Nashville. Kris Draper told the Detroit Free Press that he’s looking forward to hearing what his fellow Grind Line former member has to say, but that “he better be a homer” (per The Detroit News). MLive.com says that he has officially retired from playing the sport.
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com writes that Yzerman, who is the GM for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics, has identified his core group of players for the squad.
- Former Detroit netminder Manny Legace has been signed by the Carolina Hurricanes after their star goalie Cam Ward suffered a fluke leg injury when Columbus forward Rick Nash’s skate sliced through Ward’s leg to the point where he could see muscle.