Defenseman Jason Demers will wear 5 (was 60) while newly reacquired Brad Stuart will rock the same no. 7 he had in his first spin with the team. T.J. Galiardi will switch from 37 to 21 because the newest Shark, Adam Burish, will wear it. Burish sported 37 while with the Chicago Blackhawks.
For now, let’s all get our last chuckles out at seeing a hockey player sporting that number. As Jay Baruchel said in Goon, “It’s hilarious!”
Potential No. 1 overall pick Nolan Patrick to miss World Juniors
He has four goals and nine points, his season reduced because of this upper-body injury. Per Hockey Canada, Patrick hasn’t been medically cleared to attend the camp, so therefor he will miss the entire tournament.
Holland is also a baseball fan and likes the way MLB has created must-watch play-in games. In baseball, there are three division winners in each league. Those three teams qualify for the division round of the postseason. Two wild-card teams in each league square off in a one-game play-in to decide the fourth divisional qualifier on each side.
“I’m all for an extra team in each conference qualifying for the playoffs and having a wild- card play-in game,” said Holland. “It would add excitement down the stretch for many more teams fighting for the additional wild-card spot and two extra teams would be involved in the playoffs. Those play-in games would be dramatic.”
Of course, the interesting thing about that is the Red Wings have a streak of 25 consecutive playoff appearances on the line.
But their best days — when Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg led them to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and the final the following year — are long behind them. The organization has undergone substantial change with Zetterberg getting older, the loss of Datsyuk to the KHL and Mike Babcock joining the Toronto Maple Leafs.