Monthly Archives: November 2010

Modano out indefinitely

DETROIT — The Wings will be without center Mike Modano for an indefinite amount of time after suffering a lacerated right wrist in the second period of Friday’s 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He severed a tendon and suffered some slight nerve damage.

He underwent surgery Saturday morning at the Detroit Medical Center.

He will be out of the lineup indefinitely.

Chelios heading to Russia?

Is there a little professional hockey left in Chris Chelios’ tank?

Not at this time at least.

Chelios denied a tsn.ca report that he is interested in continuing his career in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“Two different teams were looking for two defensemen,” Chelios said. “I told the guy I’m happy where I’m at.

“Right now I’m really happy watching the kids,” Chelios added. “It was more important to be home with the family.”

Chelios retired from the NHL this summer and took a job as a hockey operations advisor with the Wings.

Chelios, a three-time Norris Trophy winner, said an agent-friend, Tom Reich, mentioned to him that two Russian teams were looking for defensemen and asked if he was interested.

Chelios told Reich to look into it, but nothing came of it.

“It would have to be a great offer for me to reconsider,” said Chelios, who added he hadn’t spoken to any KHL teams since August. “But I’ve changed my mind before.”

According to the tsn.ca report, Chelios was said to be in negotiations with Vityaz of the KHL, where former NHLers Chris Simon and Danny Markov currently play.

Chelios, 48, who played in more than 1,600 career games and won three Stanley Cup rings, said enjoys watching his sons play hockey at Michigan State and his two daughters play hockey at Cranbrook-Kingswood.

When Chelios took the job with the Wings, general manager Ken Holland gave him the option to be at his kids’ games first.

Chelios spent most of last season with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves. He did play seven games with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Red Wings ready for food-fest at Drapers’ place

DETROIT – Julie Draper is going to be the busiest she’s ever been in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

“It’s going to challenge my wife, no doubt, but she’s up for it,” Kris Draper said.

The Drapers will hold their annual Thanksgiving Day feast today with the largest list of invited guests to date.

Draper said he expects up to 20 people to attend including Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm, Dan Cleary, Jiri Hudler, Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl and Patrick Eaves.

“It’s become a great tradition for our family,” said Draper, who has been holding the annual dinner the last five years. “We have families over and they bring their kids and the younger guys come over. It’s a great time of year.

“It’s nice to be able to do it,” Draper added. “To have some of the younger/single guys over and have dinner. Watch some football. My son is probably the most excited one to play all these guys in mini sticks. He’ll play whoever wants to play. He’ll never stop.”

Draper said a 25-pound turkey had already been ordered. But he still didn’t know if another turkey order was going to be placed or if the second main course would be a ham.

“I’ll leave that up to my wife,” Draper said. “All I know is I’m getting turkey.

“We’ll have lots of food,” Draper added.

Hudler was playing in Russia last season and missed last year’s festivities.

“We don’t have Thanksgiving at Czech Republic,” Hudler said. “The tradition is we go to Drapes’ house. Kind of have a nice turkey meal and play mini sticks with kids in the basement. There’s a lot of action going on. It’s a lot of fun.

“(Julie) does a great job with the food,” Hudler added. “It’s going to be the same thing like years past. I’m so happy to have that turkey again.”

Hudler couldn’t stop talking about the turkey and the desserts.

“I don’t eat turkey that much, I’m excited,” Hudler said. “Drapes says it’s a big one this year. I told him I’m going to eat a lot so make sure he’s ready. I’m not eating breakfast that day. I’m going to be empty and ready to go.

“We get ice creams and cakes and stuff,” Hudler added. “It’s delicious. I love pumpkin pie.”

One of the biggest questions will be who will be sitting at the kids table.

“Usually Huds sits there and we have a place setting for Helmer and Abby as well,” Draper said. “We’ll see who pulls rank and gets to sit at the adult table this year.”
Abdelkader will sit anywhere.

“I’m just happy to go over there and have Thanksgiving,” Abdelkader said. “(Helm) was over there last year so he’s probably going to try and pull rank on me.”

Abdelkader didn’t attend last year’s feast.

“I’ll go, chat it up with the kids,” Abdelkader said. “I don’t care where I eat as long as I eat and leave with a full stomach.”

The oddest request at the dinner table comes from Cleary … white vinegar.

“You’ve got to try it,” Cleary said. “Put it on the turkey and mashed potatoes.”

Hudler out

As I thought might be the case after practice Tuesday, Jiri Hudler will be a healthy scratch tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers.

“We know Huds is a very good player. We need him to be an important player for us, Wings coach Mike Babcock told mlive.com. “I’m going to make a deeper rotation. He’s in that rotation. When he plays, he’ll play on the power play and on the top three lines. He’s got to win his confidence back and he’s got to earn his job back.”

The means Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves will both dress together for the first time since Nov. 3 in Calgary.

Hudler has been pointless in his last three games. He has just one goal and four assists in 16 games and is a minus-5.

“The bottom line is you got to find a way to be in every night, that people aren’t questioning whether you’re in or not,” Babcock added. “We need him, we need his scoring, his gift of knowing how to play. He’s played a lot of big games for us, helped us win the Cup. We need that back. That’s the challenge for him. he’s not going to like this, but that’s just the way it is.”

Who’s sitting?

DETROIT — If the rotation of sitting Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves every other night continues, Miller will be sitting tonight against Atlanta.

“I don’t have any idea what I’m doing yet, I’ve got till (this) morning to figure that out,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “It’s difficult when you’ve got good guys that are playing real well that are sitting.

“We’ve had a two-man rotation with Miller and Eaves and they’ve both played excellent,” Babcock added. “Maybe it’s time to go a little deeper.”

If practice was any indication of who’s sitting, it may by Jiri Hudler, who worked in with the line of Mike Modano, Cleary and Justin Abdelkader.

Miller, Eaves and Darren Helm skated together the entire practice.

Babcock also had Tomas Holmstrom back with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, while Johan Franzen was back Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi.

Cleary good to go

DETROIT — Dan Cleary skated at practice and feels good enough to play tonight against Atlanta.

Cleary was checked into the glass by Calgary’s Mark Giordano in the second period Sunday and never returned.

He said that he hit his head along the glass and his body went numb for a few seconds.

“I had to regroup myself,” said Cleary, who was held out the rest of the game as a precautionary. “I’ve never felt like that before. I’ve been hit hard, been knocked out actually before, but nothing like that.”

Cleary said he did have a bit of a headache still.

“It was a weird feeling,” Cleary said.

Cleary is OK

DETROIT – The prognosis on Dan Cleary’s injury looks good.

Cleary left Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win over Calgary late in the second period after colliding with the Flames’ Craig Conroy and taking a hit from defenseman Mark Giordano.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday there’s ‘nothing significant’ to Cleary’s injury.

“From what I was told it’s nothing significant,” Holland said. “He banged his head and his shoulder was sore. He didn’t return for precautionary reasons.”