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Red Wings have ‘considerable interest’ in d-man Alex Edler

When Brian Rafalski and the great Nicklas Lidstrom retired in 2011 and 2012 respectively the Red Wings were left with a pretty sizable hole on the blue line. Yes Danny Dekeyser should be really good here in a few years and Niklas Kronwall is good but can’t do it all by himself so you could make a good argument that the biggest offseason need for Detroit this offseason is getting...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Wing Brian Rafalski discusses the pratfalls of a professional athlete’s lifestyle

When Brian Rafalski retired from the Detroit Red Wings in 2011, leaving $6 million in salary on the table, he stated that a religious calling played a large role in his decision-making process. Rafalski made a short comeback with the ECHL's Florida Everblades this past season. The Fort Myers (Florida) News-Press's Craig Handel reports that Rafalski, who now coaches youth...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Rafalski After Getting Released By ECHL Club: “I’m Done” by   Steven Ellis

The ECHL’s Florida Everblades needed to clear a roster spot, meaning the end of the line for former Stanley Cup winning defenseman Brian Rafalski. Rafalski, 40, hadn’t played a game since Jan. 18. He only participated in three contests with the Everblades, recording an assist. “I’m done,” he told the media. “My back is no good. That was one of [...]
Via The Hockey House
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

For the moment, it doesn’t sound like Brian Rafalski’s worried about making an ‘NHL’ comeback

Paul posted's Bill Roose's conversation with former Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski about what I guess we'll call a faith-based comeback, but you'll note that Rafalski told Roose that he doesn't plan on uprooting himself from the Fort Myers-Naples area at present... Asked if the Wings showed interest in him playing for their ECHL affiliate...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Rafalski On His Return To Hockey

from Bill Roose of the Wings website, “It’s not about what I want,” said Rafalski, in an exclusive interview with “For the last two and a half years I’ve had no calling to (play hockey) and the people around me know that. I haven’t done much as far as training or anything. So God put this in my heart in early December and I’ve been praying...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Rimer: Brian Rafalski Tampa Bay Bound?

As I'm sure you all know by now, former Detroit Red Wing and New Jersey Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski has signed a contract with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, but there's more to this story... Sources tell me that Steve Yzerman, general manager, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who's been friends with Rafalski since their days in Detroit is the one who has convinced...
Via HockeyBuzz
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Rafalski Playing Hockey Again

via the Florida Everblades, Florida Everblades president and general manager Craig Brush, along with head coach Greg Poss, announced Thursday that the team has come to contract terms with long-time NHL defenseman and former Olympian Brian Rafalski. Rafalski, 40, notched 515 points in 11 NHL seasons, split between the New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings. The Dearborn...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Hey Zach - Want To Know Why You Should Pick Detroit?

Hey Mr. Parise?  Mind if I call you Zach? There's a million reasons out there why you should pick Detroit over New Jersey (and the rest of the field).  But I'd like to introduce you to a guy who's been there before.   He's another another American, a fellow Olympian that you probably know pretty well.  He made a similar decision not that long ago and would like...
Via Nightmare on Helm Street
June 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Badgers hockey works over RIT, 6-3

MADISON -- Defenseman Justin Schultz's four points paced the Wisconsin men's hockey squad Friday, in a 6-3 triumph over RIT. Schultz, a junior from West Kelowna, British Columbia, produced a pair of goals to go along with two assists, in front of a boisterous Kohl Center crowd. With his four-point night, Schultz became the first Badgers defenseman since Brian Rafalski in...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
January 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Ian White is an upgrade over Brian Rafalski: Revisited

A while back I stated my overall love for the deal that brought Ian White to the Wings this off season. It's quite possibly the best move of the summer and Kenny pulled it off while other teams were spending boatloads of cash on unproven players that they most likely will regret.Click the jump for more -- First of all let me start this off by saying that Brian Rafalski had...
Via Nightmare on Helm Street
December 20, 2011  |  Discuss
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