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Nov. 21, 2008
2:15 p.m. CST
One home game down, only seven more to go in the next 15 days! Add a couple of road games in there – one trip to Nashville for Aaron Sickman, and one for me.
I’m back from a not-so-quick (50-minute) practice, where every non-injured player participated. The players spent the last 10 minutes or so skating – Jacques Lemaire said he felt like they “needed it” after not having done so much skating in practice in about a month.
Much of practice was spent on the breakout. Lines were jumbled. Lemaire said he is splitting up the Bouchard/Belanger/Nolan line. Today, Bouchard skated with James Sheppard and Stephane Veilleux
. The only unchanged line from last night was Boogaard/Pouliot/Clutterbuck. Cal Clutterbuck
(more on him later, too) was a busy man this morning, getting interviewed by both newspapers, plus Wild.com’s Jamie MacDonald for an upcoming game program story. It cost Clutterbuck more than $500 to get his car out of the Houston airport parking garage. Not only did Aeros goalie Barry Brust pay for that (Cal will reimburse him), Clutterbuck said he was on the phone with him for 90 minutes trying to explain to Brust where the car was. You can get lots more from Clutterbuck in an upcoming game program.
Clutterbuck will also star in the next Call of the Wild, set for Dec. 2 at 5:30 at Baja Sol Cantina in Inver Grove Heights.
It was also a good day for Brent Burns, who got some new history books from the Minnesota Historical Society, courtesy of Wild curator Roger Godin. Burns said he can’t wait for the next road trip so he can start reading.
Aaron updated bios this morning when we got in, and I updated game notes, which took me a little over an hour. Found some interesting stuff, like it’s been more than 340 minutes since a forward not named Mikko Koivu
scored an even strength goal. That was Andrew Brunette on Nov. 6. Also, Clutterbuck moved into the top 10 (tied for eighth, actually, with Matt Cooke) in the NHL in hits. He had eight last night, in less than 10 minutes. On one shift, I swore he hit every Canuck on the ice. No other player in the Northwest has more hits than Clutterbuck.
I’ll spend the rest of the day getting together some press releases for next week. We’ve got a busy week considering the holiday.
I meant to post this last night before getting caught up in some other stuff, but when I walked by the Canucks locker room to get to the Wild room after the game, I heard “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson blaring out of the room. To each their own…
The press meals for the next two games. I am a huge fan of both soups, plus the Caribbean chicken.
Chicken wild rice soup
Caribbean chicken breast with pineapple salsa
Roast pork loin with amaretto Dijon sauce
Shredded parmesan potatoes
Beef barley soup
1/2 roasted chicken
Gnocchi with chives