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The R.S.S. Feed: Jan. 30, 2009

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
Today's R.S.S. Feed is being brought to you by Manager of Communications, Public Relations, Aaron Sickman.

Jan. 30, 2009

3:15 p.m. CST
Everyone was on the ice for this morning’s optional skate except for Owen Nolan and Jacques Lemaire. Newcomers Dan Fritsche and Peter Olvecky are both scheduled to be in the lineup tonight with Niklas Backstrom looking to improve his lifetime record against Edmonton to 11-0. No word on who the scratch will be. Fritsche will wear sweater #34 tonight and will wear #49 permanently once we get back to St. Paul. The trainers travel with extra jerseys and letters/number for situations like this, but they don’t have jerseys with every number on the road so they had to take a numbered sweater that fits him and put together a name plate for him, therefore, he is wearing #34 tonight. Fritsche didn’t get to sleep until after 1:00 a.m. but is very excited to be with his new team.

I found out today as we arrived at the arena that the Oilers built a new locker room for visiting teams this season. Seems strange that it is the end of January and we are just finding this out, but tonight is our first game at Rexall Place this season. The visiting team’s locker room is now to the left of the zamboni tunnel, on the opposite side of the rink as the Oilers room. The players still have a long way to walk from the locker room to the ice.

Much as it was Tuesday with the Maple Leafs in town, there were lots of Edmonton media talking to our players and Head Coach Jacques Lemaire after practice today. Lemaire started talking to the writers in the zamboni tunnel and eventually had to be asked to move from underneath the seats and into a more lighted area so the television cameras could actually see him. Cal Clutterbuck appeared to be the most popular player among the home media, based on the crowd of people around his locker room stall.

Our plane stayed in Edmonton last night so it will be ready to take off to Vancouver once we arrive at the airport tonight after the game. Unfortunately, the airport in Edmonton, as is the case with every city in our division, is at least a 30 minute drive away if there is no traffic.

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