Dec. 11, 2008
12:20 pm PST
Good afternoon from the Renaissance Glendale. I am back in my room following a short and crisp morning skate and a solid lunch. The Coyotes did not skate this morning, so the Wild moved up their normal practice time to 11 a.m.
All 22 players were on the ice for today’s optional morning skate, and the whistle blew at 11:20 to get everyone off. Marian Gaborik was the last skater off the ice today, skating for over 45 minutes as he continues to work on getting back into game shape. Colton Gillies and Craig Weller were also on the ice longer than the rest of their teammates, but it doesn’t appear the coaches have decided who is in and out for tonight.
One thing is for sure: Niklas Backstrom
and his 8-0-0 career record against Phoenix will get the start in net for Minnesota.
Received a call from Dan Moriarty this morning from NHL Productions. He would like to come to St. Paul next week and produce a couple broadcast features with our players. Each team has to participate in two features during the season with NHL Productions, which edits and makes them available for other teams to use on their broadcasts. We are going to do one feature on Pierre-Marc Bouchard
and Stephane Veilleux
playing ping-pong, and the other feature idea is still being “discussed.”
This is the first time I have been to this hotel and I am very impressed with it -- right next to Jobing.com Arena and there are lots of good restaurants, shopping options and a movie theater next door. It's also nice not having to worry about taking a bus to and from the morning skate.
In other business, there are no ticket requests from our players for tonight’s game, and I have confirmed our arrival information with our bus drivers tonight in Los Angeles. We hope to arrive at our downtown hotel by midnight if all goes well. It's over a 30-minute bus ride from Jobing.com Arena to the airport tonight, then another 30-minute ride to our hotel once we land at LAX. Wish us luck.
Another beautiful and sunny day here in Glendale. I think I could get us to this weather in a hurry!