NHL notes for a Wednesday night

1. RICHARDS NOT AT FLYERS PRACTICE

It was not a total shock when Philadelphia Flyers coach, Peter Laviolette, didn’t give out any details relating to his captain, Mike Richards, sitting out of Wednesday’s practice. According to Laviolette Richards, who scored 23 goals and 66 points this season, was having a maintenace day. When pressed about whether Richards had any hidden injuries Laviolette mentioned that GM, Paul Holmgren, was the person to ask.

2. FLEMING WATCHES LIGHTNING PRACTICE

The hockey world is rooting hard for Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach, Wayne Fleming, who on Tuesday was attending practice less than a week after undergoing brain cancer surgury. Despite battling this deadly disease Fleming is still actively helping the Lightning by breaking down video tape of their first round opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fleming, who is in his first season in Tampa, has also served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. The hockey world will, of course, continue to pull for Fleming to beat this deadly disease.

3. WINGS’ MODANO SET TO RETIRE

After playing in the NHL for 20 years future hall of famer, Mike Modano, is set to call it a career. This former 1988 Minnesota North Stars’ first overall pick is coming off an injury riddled campaign with the Detroit Red Wings,which saw him score only four goals and 15 points in 40 games. Still it’s been a great career for Modano, who has scored 561 goals and 1,374 points in 1,499 career games. “I’m excited about the play-offs,” said Modano, who will be a healthy scratch for their series opener against the Phoenix Coyotes. “I think it’s going to be my last one. I’m definitely trying to get as prepared and as excited as I can possibly be, knowing it’s my last real run at something. It’s my last chance.”

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