Monday night checkin

Posted on November 12th, 2007 – 6:00 PM
By Michael Russo

5:56 Central Time, and I’m finally checked in to my Calgary hotel. This is an outstanding city, one of the most underrated in the league. Unfortunately, I doubt I’ll get to enjoy it tonight.

Sleep, and lots of it, is in my future after today’s long travel day, which went smoothly other than a ton of turbulence flying into Calgary.

“The boys were going nuts,” Kurtis Foster said. “Lots of white knuckles.”

You can ask my colleague from across the river, who had the same travel schedule as me. That 3:30 a.m. wakeup call didn’t agree with me. I had told off two people before 4:30 — justifiably.

Not much to report right now. I just got back from practice and must transcribe and write.

Marian Gaborik skated, but we’ll know more in the morning. Nolan Schaefer, expectedly, was sent back to the minors, which is good news just from the standpoint that Niklas Backstrom survived last night’s loss — healthwise.

Lots of desperation coming out of the Wild’s room today, and it better match the Flames’ desperation tomorrow. Calgary has lost five in a row. It seems like Calgary is always downtrodden when the Wild arrives, and “we give them a lift,” coach Jacques Lemaire quipped when I brought it up.

Practice was good. I was cynical as usual, which was much to the amusement of CBC broadcaster Elliot Friedman, one of the best in the biz. Only took me 17 games to act like I was still covering Florida, he noted. Elliot was blogging forever from his blackberry on a dirty CFL hit he said made Bertuzzi on Moore look like nothing. 

If Aaron Voros survives it long enough to play any home games, check him out in warmups. The guy looks identical to Mike Modano. “I get that a lot,” he said.

He’s got a lot of points to catch up, though, to Modano.

Not much else to report, other than Brian Rolston, Sean Hill and Keith Carney lost a game of Horse to a Toronto opera singer at their Denver hotel (there’s a b-ball court in the fitness center).

Stuff like this on the blog will probably result in players not telling me anything anymore.

I’ll take the risk for something that funny.

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