Oct. 6, 200810:30 a.m.
Hi everyone. Thanks to those of you that e-mailed with well wishes for my Sunday away from the rink. I still sent out a couple of press releases from the couch, but you don’t realize how much you need a day away from the rink until you get one.
The trip out of Montreal was interesting, to say the least. The traffic was fine - thankfully - as was getting through customs and security. But one of the screening machines for bags, the one that is downstairs and they use for the equipment bags - has been broken all summer. I knew I was in trouble when I was in the regular security line, and they were bringing hockey bags up via elevator.
I got on the plane along with Big John Scott - they brought him to the gate in a cart since we were the very last gate out of the main terminal in Montreal. It took another 20 minutes to finish loading the bags, and another 20 or so to “weight balance”. We beat the midnight wheels up curfew by only about eight minutes.
I am about to head downstairs to practice - the team was off yesterday and will not skate Tuesday, either. We expect a good media contingent, especially now that it appears as though Colton Gillies will make the roster.3:15 p.m.
It is amazing how quickly the days go during the season, especially when practice is at 11 a.m. I was downstairs until 1:30 and then a meeting until 3.
Four TV cameras today, plus several newspaper reporters and of course Wild.com. Everyone wanted to talk to Colton Gillies and Benoit Pouliot. Gillies said the smile hadn’t come off his face since his “you made the team” conversation with GM Doug Risebrough this morning. Gillies was one of the last guys off the ice.
I also arranged for Josh Harding
to film a PSA for the Houston Aeros Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Harding, whose sister is a cancer survivor, is a well known breast cancer advocate and was happy to do the filming. Harding was back on the ice five days after suffering a scratched cornea.
It was a big day downstairs, as Dominic “the suit guy” was in from Montreal to fit players with some ritzy new digs.
I was sure to thank James Sheppard for his participation last night on Rosen’s Sports Sunday on WCCO TV. Sheppard was a little nervous on his own - he was on there with Darby Hendrickson last season - but he was great. Sheppard apparently was surprised at my “You ‘Da Man” text which sent him directions earlier in the weekend. “I didn’t know you talked like that,” he said. Sheppard also assures me he is out this week looking for his own place to live. He’s currently staying at Josh Harding
It will probably be Wednesday before I’m blogging again. Tomorrow is the St. Paul Chamber Face-off Luncheon, so the guys won’t be on the ice until Wednesday. We will have both FSN and KSTC in the house to do player shots for this season, so it will be a busy day.