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Wrapping up Day 1 of the NHL Player Media Tour

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 9:16 PM

By David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 Player Media Tour

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2011 Player Media Tour
Wrapping up Day 1 of the NHL Player Media Tour
After one day at the NHL's annual Player Media Tour, 34 different players from 28 different teams have made rounds with the media both at the League's offices in midtown Manhattan and at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

While much of the day involved sitting down for interviews with assembled media, as well as NHL.com, several players experienced both the practical and the off beat. Islanders fans for one, may be happy that Michael Grabner and John Tavares are in the fold for their franchise, but they may have to experience some concern that the duo could be interested in a career change. Grabner and Tavares took a break from the ice to try working retail for a day, walking the floor at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York.

Elsewhere, Atlantic Division rivals from both New York and New Jersey participated in the event as Henrik Lundqvist helped his new teammate Brad Richards adapt to the frenzied crowds at an autograph session. Devils winger Zach Parise meanwhile, sat down to discuss his impending contract negotiations with the New Jersey front office, while also calming fears that it was a stunt double, not Parise with his reconstructed knee, sliding across a car hood in a recent commercial he filmed.

Another young star, Logan Couture, sat down to talk with NHL.com and talked about how fun it is to casually sit down and chat with other players from around the League.

In Newark, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were some of the players who sat down for interviews with NBC, while several others filmed promos for NHL Network.

On Friday, the media tour will wrap up with the players who spent Thursday in Newark switching places with those in New York City. As those players continue to run through the media gauntlet tomorrow, so will NHL.com. Be sure to come back Friday for even more comprehensive coverage as well as up to the minute updates from our Player Media Tour blog.
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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday