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Oct. 22, 2008
2:15 p.m., Wednesday
It seems like forever since the Wild has played, doesn’t it? They’ll be back at it Thursday against a red hot Buffalo team that remained unbeaten in regulation with a shootout win last night over Boston. The Sabres practiced in New York today and will arrive this evening.
Jacques Lemaire led his team through a 45-minute on-ice workout. I watched most of practice, which was spent mostly working on the power play. Lengthy power play work. Marek Zidlicky looked good out there on the point, and he should make his Wild debut tomorrow. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, currently on IR, was also on the ice for a second straight day. Marian Gaborik and Owen Nolan skated before practice without their teammates.
It was a light practice mediawise, with the Lester Patrick Awards going on over at the St. Paul Hotel. Both writers attended the Awards media availability before the luncheon and then headed over to the skate.
After practice, the players spent 45 minutes doing NHL media training, which every team is doing this year. The guys learned what to do (and more importantly maybe, what not to do and say) with the media. We saw a lot of funny clips of athletes saying and doing dumb things. Not many involving hockey players amazingly enough. I’d say hockey players are the most media savvy out there.
I’m back at the office now and just sent out a press release about the Wild Fantasy Camp on Friday, Feb. 6. Our intern Robert is getting together information to put in packets for Buffalo media tonight. We always deliver a folder full of notes, stats, clips and other pertinent press releases to the visiting hotel upon their arrival.
I’m going to update some files I like to keep during the season, like day-by-day standings for the Northwest Division, and also a milestones file to see who’s getting close to some big milestones.
And did anyone else catch the Capitals’ nine-minute power play last night in Calgary? The Caps didn’t score. Although a two-minute penalty to Washington made it “just” a seven-minute power play.
I’ll be back Thursday morning before the pre-game skate and then with updates throughout the day. I’m excited to see this team play at Xcel Energy Center again. It should be a busy day tomorrow too, with media already lining up to not only talk to Thomas Vanek, but Drew Stafford as well.
We’re back at home for three games, which means that all exciting email comes, telling us about the menu at Billy Rob 3 Café.