This one just came across the ‘ol desk…
Ducks captainChris Prongerwill be featured tomorrow morning in a segment of The Early Show on CBS. The networks national morning news program visited Honda Center a few weeks ago with their new correspondent, boxing champion, American Gladiators host and Dancing with the Stars alumLaila Ali(daughter of Muhammad Ali). Pronger is featured in Alis story on elite athletes. The segment is scheduled to air just after8 a.m. (approx. 8:05)tomorrow morning on CBS (channel 2).
A stage was erected on an ice rink in Atlanta, flanked by makeshift towers spouting makeshift fire, specifically for the Hives to play a couple songs before the NHL All-Star Game.
Absolutely nothing is right about that.
Just got this tidbit …
“SNOOP DOGG RECEIVES A HOCKEY LESSON FROM THEANAHEIMDUCKS
Captain Chris Pronger and the 2007StanleyCup champs give Snoop Dogg his first hockey lesson”
The story is in the standings: The Ducks began their four-game homestand 21-17-6, four points behind San Jose and in third place. Now they are 25-17-6, a point behind first place and a point ahead of third-place Dallas. They’d be tied if not for the Sharks’ picking up a point in the overtime loss Sunday night. Not too shabby, indeed.
I caught Teemu Selanne today as he ran out of Anaheim Ice. He didn’t have a ton of time, but when I asked if he was any closer to a decision, he gave me this:”I’ll take this week and next week and we’ll see how it goes. I feel pretty good.”
It’s the most specific time frame Selanne has offered for ending his unofficial retirement. He began his skating program earlier this month, said he would have a decision sometime in January, and Burkie has not pressed him to make a decision.
He looked good, too. The three guys he was practicing with were rec players, but still, it looked likethe same Teemu that hoisted the Cup.
More from the morning skate…
Drew Miller was brought back from Portland on Monday for George Parros, who went on IR because of his bruised knee. Brad May obviously doesn’t have nearly as large a fan following or moustache as Parros, but he can act the tough guy in Parros’ stead on the fourth line.
Parros was hurt on a knee-to-knee hit by Toronto’s Wade Belak last Thursday. That was, immediately and predictably, followed by a fight. Neither Parros or head coach Randy Carlyle said the other day if they thought Belak’s hit was intentional, but it’s certainly keeping the ‘stache out longer than either had hoped.
Looks like both forwards won’t be playing tonight.
Brad May, however, is skating and looking ready to go.
George Parros skated on his own before practice Saturday at Anaheim Ice. He’s still day-to-day. Since Brad May is ready to play again, the Ducks will probably only use one of the two tough guys tomorrow against the Sharks. It’ll be interesting to see which one.
I watch the Rose Bowl. My mom watches the parade before the Rose Bowl.
It’s been this way for so long now, I sometimes forget there is a parade before the Rose Bowl; I’m sure my mom sometimes forgets there’s a football game.
Tomorrow: The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Anaheim for the first time since November, 2003. Canada’s most recognizable franchise (unless you favor Montreal) is like Halley’s Comet in these parts. Get a front-row seat to the game, and maybe you’ll be seen by millions of Canadians on CBC’s nightly highlights package!
Thursday: All-star reserves are announced. Expect Ryan Getzlaf to get his first all-star nod and a trip to … Atlanta. (In diametric opposition to an outdoor game in Buffalo, an all-star game in Atlanta just seems wrong.)