Posts tagged “Jiri Fischer”

2/27 Post-Practice Update

Update (9:31 PM): In a piece meant for Thursday’s edition, Helene St. James suggests again that Niklas Kronwall will be back Friday night.

I still think the Wings aren’t 100% sure on that, as evidenced by Kyle Quincey’s continued presence on the roster, but that must only be a precautionary measure in case of a setback. Given that the Griffins could badly use their defensemen back, you have to think Quincey will be headed to GR soon.

I should also say that it’s possible Jonathan Ericsson will be the next to follow Stafford to GR, but I’d be surprised if the team doesn’t want to continue to get a look at the big Swede in the NHL.

Also, St. James  characterizes the battle for the bottom end of the defensive corps as a four-way affair between Derek Meech, Andreas Lilja, Brett Lebda, and Chris Chelios. However, I have a hard time seeing Chelios get knocked off the playing roster, so it’s more of a battle between the other three. - Matt

George Sipple reports that Dominik Hasek has completely recovered from the hip flexor that has kept him out since the Wings’ February 9 loss in Toronto. Sipple quotes Hasek as saying,

“I don’t know what the coach’s decision is going to be like, but I’d like to play twice a week. There are not even six weeks before the playoffs, so now it’s very important for me to get into good rhythm.”

I’m sure the brain trust is thinking the same thing, so don’t worry Dom. You’ll see the ice plenty in the coming weeks.

A better Hasek quote comes via Ted Kulfan:

“I feel healthy.”

Let’s hope so.

… Sipple also reports on Chris Chelios’ situation. Evidently, he’s undergone treatment on his right fibula, but still feels what Chelios calls “discomfort.” For us normal people, that’s “pain, significant pain.”

For those of us hoping for a speedy recovery for #24, HockeyTownTodd set the record straight in the comments Monday:

Anyone that has ever chipped a bone does not expect Cheli back very soon.

Here’s hoping Chelios bucks the odds and makes it back faster than expected, as he did with his recovery from knee surgery a few years back.

… It looks like Brian Rafalski (groin) isn’t close to returning. Sipple says he “skated briefly” today, but Mike Babcock doesn’t sound very optimistic:

“Obviously things haven’t progressed like we anticipated early with him. So we’ll have to re-look at it and go from there.”

Despite the fact that the Wings are hemorrhaging points because their four most important defensemen are out, I can’t advocate rushing Rafalski (or any of them, for that matter) back. They need him (and them) too much in the playoffs to do anything but let him (and them) recover fully now. It sucks, but it’ll pay off.

Bruce MacLeod reports that Garrett Stafford has been sent back to Grand Rapids. I forgot him altogether in my speculation yesterday (3:50 update) on who would get sent down as a result of the trade, but with Brad Stuart now on the roster, Stafford became extraneous.

Because Kyle Quincey also did not get demoted today, it’s probably safe to assume the status of Niklas Kronwall for Friday is still undetermined, today’s Helene St. James piece notwithstanding. If the team were certain Kronwall would be back for the Sharks game, Quincey would be on his way to GR, too. That doesn’t mean he won’t play, but we probably won’t know for sure until Friday sometime.

… Lastly, some links via Abel to Yzerman:

2/4 Notes

Helene St. James has an interesting piece on Jimmy Howard in today’s edition. Howard, who has been out most of January with an ankle injury, is slated to return Wednesday and will be facing high expectations from management in Detroit. He has a 12-12-1 record when healthy, but the Wings are looking to see how he performs down the stretch as the eight-place Griffins fight for a playoff spot.

St. James touches on an issue that I don’t think has gotten a lot of press here in Detroit: the question of the condition of the team’s goaltending after this season. She writes that the Wings have not ruled out extending Dominik Hasek’s 1-year contract, noting that it depends on his health, his interest in playing, and the team’s performance in the playoffs. However, there’s a good chance Hasek won’t be back next season, and, pending Howard’s performance in the coming months, the Wings may decide he’s ready for the NHL.

Chris Osgood has one year remaining on his contract and would be a good mentor for Howard, so it’s at least possible that the Wings will go with a two-goalie system, with neither goalie having the declared starting job. They would probably like to get a bona fide starter, but given the fact that much of their cap space will be taken up by signing skaters this off-season, that may not be possible.

… Funny story: Chris Chelios badly wanted to fly to Miami to watch his hometown Chicago Bears play the Indianpolis Colts in the Super Bowl, but he didn’t have the nerve to ask Mike Babcock for permission. He considered going through Nick Lidstrom, but decided not to. Considering the Bears haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 21 years (i.e. when Cheli was a Hab), it says a lot that he’s sticking with the team and not looking for special treatment.

So, the team will be watching the game in New York instead and Brendan Shanahan has been invited to watch it with them.

The Freep has the team’s picks for the game here. The concensus seems to be that the Colts will win, though Brett Lebda is pretty confident his hometeam, the Bears, will emerge victorious (whereas Chelios seems pretty fatalistic). Gotta love Hasek’s reason fore picking Indy:

“Colts. I have Colts, so I cheer for them to win. I think Colts by 10. I think their quarterback will be the difference.”

When I first read that, I thought he meant he has horses, but I guess he means he has the Colts in some kind of fantasy league.

Ansar Khan wrote yesterday that Mikael Samuelsson (broken right foot) is about a week away from returning. He skated through the whole practice yesterday and felt pretty good, though he still has trouble stopping and starting.

… And the video of the day (via Gorilla Crouch):

That warm and fuzzy feeling you’re getting comes from seeing Scott Hartnell get owned (in the crowd). Of course, the focus of the video is the shot in the dark by Moen, which is also heartwarming if you’re a Wings fan.

For old time’s sake, here’s another fight involving Scott Hartnell. It’s one of my favorites.

A year ago today

Update (1:14 PM): George Malik has a great piece up at Kukla’s Korner on what happened then and what’s happened since. - Matt

It was a year ago today that Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench during the first game between the Predators and the Wings last season. Isn’t that hard to believe? I remember watching it live in the apartment building lounge, in shock, and barely responsive to the questioning of my friends.

A couple weeks from now is the anniversary of the emotional press conference in which Jiri talked about what had happened and what his life was going to be like from then on. Since then, there has been surprisingly little new information in the media, which is no doubt, at least in part, due to the fact that doctors apparently are still mystified.

That said, the media coverage of the story has been shamefully slight, as IwoCPO, always quick to point out the shortcomings of the Detroit hockey writers clique, discusses today.

I had forgotten myself today was the anniversary, but there’s no excuse for the papers not saying a thing about it.

Iwo’s right, it is a miracle Jiri’s still alive today.

God bless, Jiri, hope you’re doing well.

Jiri Fischer Update

Update (9:15 PM): Helen St. James has more here. He sounds optimistic about life, regardless of whether or not he plays hockey again. - Matt

According to Ansar Khan, Jiri is still holding out hope that he will be able to make a return to the ice. He’s basing his hope on the idea that the answer could lie in eliminating “toxins” in his body, and will continue to look for answers, “even if it takes until I’m 45.” He apparently has had no relapses since the weeks immediatley following the original incident just over a year ago.

It’s good to see some more coverage on one of the saddest stories to come out of the hockey world in a while. With so little progress apparently being made on answering his questions, I think it’s easy not to think about Jiri and to forget how his promising career was cut short so suddenly.


Jiri Fischer versus Scott Hartnell

I was looking for a clip of this fight recently and obtained it from a friend. It’s from the October 30th, 2003 Wings/Predators game, a 5-3 win for Nashville, and was revenge for Jiri on the knee injury he suffered during a play involving Hartnell the previous season.

LGW Forums: Fischer Update

For those of us who didn’t catch Drew and Mike this morning on the WRIF. Chris Chelios called in and gave an update on Jiri Fischer when asked:

– He’s doing well, doctors have cleared him to resume minimum workouts

– Still don’t know the root of the problem and they’re still contemplating whether or not surgery is the answer

– Fischer has been coming around the team a lot lately and he’ll be on hand for the Grand Opening party at Cheli’s Chili near CoPa tonight.

(via LGW Forums)