Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
- In the alumni department, part 1: Via the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan on Twitter: Johan Franzen’s wife, Cissi, posted an article on her blog, “Franzen Residence,” in which she states that Franzen is undergoing treatment at the University of Colorado’s Marcus Brain Health Institute.
The institute treats military servicepeople with traumatic brain injuries, and Franzen’s never been able to kick his post-concussive issues, so Cissi says that Johan is the first athlete to be treated by the team at “The Marcus.”
Here’s wishing Johan better health. He’s probably never going to be symptom-free, but if he and his family can enjoy a better quality of life, that would be tremendous.
I’ve had my share of concussions and post-concussion issues, so this is something where I can relate to what Johan’s had to go through 🙁
2. Also in the alumni department, the Free Press had sportswriter Adam Candee check in with Tomas Tatar earlier on Sunday; on Sunday night, Helene St. James wrote up her Stanley Cup Final preview, and Candee spoke with Vegas coach Gerard Gallant regarding the Wings’ deep playoff runs in the late 80’s:
Led by four consecutive seasons of 34 goals or more from Gallant, those stellar Red Wings teams of the late-80’s advanced as far as the Western Conference finals. There, they ran into the Edmonton Oilers dynasty led by Wayne Gretzky.
“Gretzky was incredible and that team was incredible,” Gallant said. “As good as we were in Detroit, we knew we weren’t going to win. That was the sad part: You knew you were going to play your best and compete, but you weren’t going to win, so it didn’t matter what happened.”
The Great One ended Gallant’s dreams of winning a Stanley Cup as a player, but his chance to win as a coach starts Monday against Washington.
“It’s a dream come true, obviously,” Gallant said. “From the time you’re 6 years old watching Hockey Night in Canada back home to win the Stanley Cup. I haven’t won one yet. This is the closest I’ve ever been.”
3. And finally, regarding the present-day Wings, AWood40 posted the 2017-18 season goals of Trevor Daley (all 9 of them), Mike Green (8) and Tyler Bertuzzi (7):