Joe linked to this morning, but if you missed it, here’s an interview former NHL star Eric Lindros did with thehockeywriters.com.
Some bullet points for the reading averse:
—- Lindros currently works for a company in Ontario that specializes in “online and mobile learning.” After a controversial stint with the NHLPA, it’s no surprise he’s not working in hockey anymore.
—- When asked how all the injuries (see: above) affected his play later in his career, Lindros replied quite candidly, “I had a real tough time mentally cutting across the ice. Yeah, it just wasn’t the same.”
—- Lindros confirmed he’s spoken with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren about appearing in the 2012 Winter Classic Alumni game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. “That’d be great if I could see Mikael Renberg again, and Johnny LeClair. I haven’t seen Johnny in a couple of years.”
—- You get the feeling he remains rather disenfranchised with the business of hockey. “I still get out on the ice with a bunch of guys a couple of times a week and we have a tremendous amount of fun with the purity of the game.”
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.