Budd Lynch

Former Red Wings announcer Budd Lynch passes away at age 95


Former Red Wings announcer Budd Lynch died early Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

Lynch was the PA announcer for the Wings starting in 1985, but his time with the franchise began well before then.

From CBS Detroit:

Lynch, a Wyandotte resident, started his career as the Wings’ play-by-play announcer in 1949 when he returned home from combat.

As luck would have it, the team won the Stanley Cup the first season he joined.

Lynch tried to retire twice, and was foiled both times. In 1975 he was brought back by Alex Delvecchio as the director of publicity; a second retirement attempt failed in the 1980s when Marian Ilitch, wife of owner Mike Ilitch, asked him to stay on.

Lynch was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

Tomas Fleischmann,
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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.