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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Welcome to Opening Night!

Well, here we are, opening night.

Opening night is always a lot of fun. We have a lot of guys who haven’t played in this rink before. The atmosphere is great – one of the best in the league. I told them after our morning skate, “just have a little bit of fun, enjoy it, but don’t let your emotions take over. Control the controllable.”

Musky had a lot of decisions to make before tonight. He cut some pretty dang good hockey players. Hopefully that’s good for our team. Hopefully everyone pans out and we’re going to have a good year this year.

Personally, I expect to just have a good year – on and off the ice. I have to do what I need to do to help the team get a President’s Cup here – whatever it takes to get that Cup here.

As you get older, your job is still to score and put up points, but it’s also to help these young guys know what it takes to get the job done and know what it takes to be successful in this league. I’ll take pride a lot more in helping develop young players and pushing them in the right direction.

Tonight’s game brings those beloved Bucks to town. It’s always great to play a good organization like the Bucks. It’s fun. They are well-coached by Terry Ruskowski, he always puts a good product on the ice. It’s always nice playing against one of the top teams in the league every year.

It’s going to be a good test right off the bat to see where we’re at.

We’ve dominated them during the regular season, but things haven’t gone so well in the postseason for us.

To pinpoint the problem, I’d have to say it’s the little things. You never know what shift a mistake will cost you. It’s just mental, a lot of it – mentally being tough and knowing “when I get out there, I have to get my job done for my team.”

Sometime you’re in the regular season and it’s not like that. If you lose a game here or there it’s not going to kill you, but in the playoffs it’s all or nothing. You get that mental edge on other teams.

My thoughts go out to my good buddy Forbes MacPherson, who recently lost his father.

I’ve talked to him a few times now. It’s never easy losing anyone. He had to go home to take care of a lot of stuff, so we wish him the best and we definitely will love having him back.

Hopefully he’ll take his time and everything will come out alright with his mom.

We stood up in each other’s wedding. We’ve been on lines with each other more than anybody else in our careers.


Blogger Jeffery Clark said...

Great blog, Dan.


12:18 PM  
Blogger Jeffery Clark said...

Great blog, Dan.


12:19 PM  

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