I won't claim that there's nearly enough hitting in the International Hockey League. But I went to the Detroit Red Wings' game Wednesday night -- they defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 -- and I probably saw six hits the entire game. That's pathetic. The IHL would probably have 10 checks, also pathetic, but at least better. I'm a little disgruntled that I have to turn on the NHL Network just to see some good old-fashioned hitting. There also isn't all the nauseating advertising in the classic games they show. Such is life in the new world of pro hockey, though. Thanks, Gary Bettman.
- The Detroit Free Press reported what many were whispering about last weekend at Perani Arena: The Red Wings are offering Darren McCarty a tryout with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, after his short stint with Flint of the IHL.
- Former Komets player Rob Weingartner, now coaching Wichita in the Central Hockey League, had quite the tantrum in a recent game.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette