From Russo's Rants:
First, for news, Marek Zidlicky has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Sept. 26 to make room for Cal Clutterbuck, who was recalled after injuries to Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Owen Nolan.
Bouchard is back in Minnesota with the back injury; Nolan didn’t practice today with a right leg injury. I again saw him with his right thigh heavily wrapped with ice today.
Jacques Lemaire said he wouldn’t play tomorrow against Florida.
So far all’s silent on the Gaborik front. I know you’re anxious for some news, but it’s a situation right now rather than an event as one person described it to me. Don’t start going nuts about every Internet rumor. Stuff is going to be thrown about until Gaborik is either traded or he signs an extension.
I’ve written the teams that make sense in the paper and on here. Montreal, LA and Pittsburgh are the team I’d be looking at right now.
As I’ve reported on here and on TV, there’s no doubt Doug Risebrough is talking with other teams. He’s avoiding the beat writers like the plague right now, and things are extremely tense inside the organization.
Although, watching Gaborik play last night and talking to him and watching him the last few days, he doesn’t seem particularly distracted or worried.
From The R.S.S. Feed:
We’re awaiting the arrival of Cal Clutterbuck from Houston. Because Pierre-Marc Bouchard is back home in Minnesota with a sore back and Owen Nolan left last night’s game with a lower body injury, Clutterbuck was summoned. We got the word late last night, confirmed it this morning and sent out this press release.
From The Hockey News' Mark Moore:
MINNESOTA WILD (2007-08 - 3rd Place): Nothing’s ever a given playing in the Northwest, a division with five teams that could make the playoffs and none that are certain to. But the Wild are solid most of the way through their roster and when Gaborik stays healthy, they’re tough to beat. 2008-09 Regular Season Prediction: Potential Playoff Team.
And just for fun, follow Mark Hartigan around the KHL:
After returning home from Moscow, we had a few days to relax with our families before our big nine-day road trip to Khabarovsk (on the other side of Russia). While at home in Riga, my family enjoyed more of the downtown, especially ‘Old Town.’ It is more than 800 years old, but all the action is there; shopping, restaurants, hotels, banks, bars and, most importantly, people watching. There are many beautiful, old historical churches. On the outskirts of Old Town are beautiful parks and little rivers, which make it welcoming for families and romantic walks.
But let’s get back to the start of our nine-day road trip. I’m in Khabarovsk now, so I’ll tell you how we got here:
We left Riga at noon on a chartered plane. We flew six hours to Novosibirsk, fueled up and went back up in the air for another six hours to Khabarovsk. Little did we know there were weather problems just before we were supposed to land, so we had to divert 400 km away from Khabarovsk. So that meant another hour in the air.
We landed somewhere near the Chinese border.