I was just thinking about it... this is the perfect weather to host a Winter Classic, eh? Too bad we didn't even know it was coming until about two days ago. Probably too late to plan now? Ah well, it was a thought.
Anyway, onto ramblings from this morning's skate:
Stephane Robidas was skating, and will play tonight, without the cage he's been wearing for many moons. He got cleared to go without it last week and played the All-Star game without (although what are the odds of taking a puck to the face in that game). Doubt he'll need much time to adjust. I know the cage somewhat impaired his vision, so maybe this helps that. Otherwise, it'll be the same reliable Robidas. Of course, he was still reveling in his All-Star experience, telling us his son joined him on the ice for the skills competitions. I couldn't imagine what it felt like for him to take in that Montreal love on Sunday.
Fabian Brunnstrom will play two games with the Manitoba Moose and then rejoin the Stars in Columbus later this week. This will be good for him, and he's seeing it that way. Remember back to when he was signed, Brunnstrom was very much against going to the minors. But I would consider this a tremendous exception: It's two games, a chance for him to get up to speed and get rolling again with the Stars in less than a week. That's nothing. Brunnstrom is seeing this as a good opportunity, since he's wanting to play so bad right now.
James Neal was also dazzled by his All-Star weekend fling. He was telling us how there were 22,000 at the Bell Centre for the practice skate. The practice skate. Hello, hockey city. I just can't wrap my little brain around that, but that's fantastic.