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Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:27 am
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

By Brian Stubits

In the last two days, all of the Winter Classic news surrounded the roster for the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Game roster. Eric Lindros: In. John LeClair: In. Mikael Renberg: Not so much.

But what about the Rangers side? The names like Mark Messier and Brian Leetch seem like givens, but the name everybody was hoping to see, Wayne Gretzky? It doesn't look promising on that front.

“No, I’ll be with my family for the holidays," Gretzky told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. “Plus, they don’t need to see a 50-year-old slow guy out there!"

Gretzky is aware that the game has a lot of guys 50 and older, right? Even if he were 80 I think people would love to see Gretzky out there. The family reason, though? Hard to argue with that.

Now if this holds and Messier can't get in his old friend's ear, it does seem sort of right. After all, Gretzky did play a little in New York, but he's identified with the Oilers and Kings. In a way it would seem cheap to me to have Gretzky with the Rangers in an alumni game. He spent just the final three seasons of his career in the Big Apple. Not exactly the defining days of his career.

Still, I can only imagine that Gretzky would be the best player if he took part.

Photo: Getty Images

Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:27 am
 

Renberg to miss Winter Classic, Legion reunion

By Brian Stubits

As the great Meatloaf once said Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad.

That looks like all the Flyers will get for their Winter Classic Alumni Game when it comes to their old Legion of Doom line.

On Wednesday, Eric Lindros confirmed that he will take part in the "game before the game" this season as will his old linemate John LeClair. That just left Mikael Renberg as the question mark to complete the great line from the mid 90s. Alas, it's not to be.

Renberg is now working as an analyst in his native Sweden and regrettably announced that he won't be able to make it to Philadelphia due to his job responsibilities. Sweden is slated to play Russia in a World Junior Championships. Oh sure, like that's a big deal in Sweden. Pfff!

In an article posted on SVT.se's website, Renberg was quoted as turning having to turn down the invite with regret. Thanks to Google Translate, here is his quote, in perfectly broken English that comes with straight translations.

"Would not it be great to meet Eric and John, but now I have a contract with SVT and have to do my job, a very enjoyable one."

So this Legion of Doom will look more like the wrestling duo instead of the terrific trio in Philly.

Maybe the more appropriate song is Ain't That a Shame by Fats Domino.

H/t to Pro Hockey Talk?

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:28 am
 

Eric Lindros confirms spot as Winter Classic alum

By Brian Stubits

Former Flyers star Eric Lindros told a Toronto radio station on Wednesday that he will take part in the Winter Classic Alumni Game, ending the speculation if he would or not.

"Yeah, Paul Holmgren gave me a shout about a month and a half ago, and we talked back and forth a little bit," Lindros told Greg Brady and Jim Lang on the Fan 590 in Toronto. "I was real happy to hear his voice and to get the invitation and yeah, I told him a while back that I’d fly down and have some fun.

"I haven’t seen Johnny [John LeClair] in a little while. I know they’re trying to get in touch with Mikael [Renberg], I've been trying myself."

Of course Renberg and LeClair made up the other 2/3 of the Legion of Doom line in Philadelphia. (Side note: It makes me sad to see how old footage from the 1990s looks now.)

That line was so good it totaled 176 points in just 48 games of the strike-shortened 1994-95 season.

The hope is that they will all be back for the game. Lindros confirmed what most assumed considering LeClair still lives in the Philly area, that one of his linemates will join him. As for Renberg, well they are still awaiting word there. But you have to assume they'll get him on the ice, right? You can't bring back only a part of the line, you have to bring it all back. It's like Led Zeppelin going on tour without Robert Plant, at that point it's just some really good guys in a band.

More good news for the Flyers fans? Holmgren tells Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com that the old LCB line will be back, too.

“That’s the plan, though: to have Eric’s line back together, as well as [Bobby Clarke]’s line with [Reggie] Leach and [Bill] Barber and other famous lines in Flyers history,” said Holmgren.

The rumor mill has it that the Rangers are trying to get Wayne Gretzky to play on their alumni team, but no answer as of yet. If he does sign up, I wonder how fans are going to like that ticket policy for the Winter Classic then?

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