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Wolves Revolving Door, Chapter 2

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Jane Rickard

I'm nuts just ask anybody.

The last time the Chicago Wolves had their names engraved on the Calder Cup the "Hobbit Line" was front and center. Darren Haydar, Jason Krog and Brett Sterling were a front line that although none stood 6 foot were giants on the score board. Today the Wolves announced that former Captain Darren Haydar has signed a 2 year contract to return to the Wolves. Current Captain Jason Krog is entering his second year of his 2 year deal. Unfortunately Brett Sterling has left for pastures greener and there will be no reunion of the Hobbit line. However, with these two senior talents perhaps a pair of young legs is what the need to make a new line work.


Nathan Oystick, lets see, started the year with the Wolves, was made associate Captain.  In the spring went to the Ducks but stayed playing with the Wolves. Oystick always an emotional player, played his heat out in the playoffs until the Wolves lost in a heartbreaker to the Texas Stars. In June the Ducks bought out his contract and Oystick was looking for a place to skate. We will definitely be seeing one of our favorite blueliners in the Allstate this season, in a Peoria uniform.  Oystick inked his contract with Peoria on July 12th, good luck to him and his family.


Oysty hockey smile

Nathan Oystrick, how can you not love that face, that smile?


Wolf from the Past: Ben Simon has become Coach Simon of the Sheffield Steelers of the British Elite Leagues.  Looks like he is going to have to work to keep his mind on the game and on ice matters.  Clearly he is joining a ship that is being righted after being in troubled waters. In an interview earlier today in Prohockeynews.com owner Bob Phillips explained the clubs business troubles. 


"The problem with focusing on sponsors is that you spend all your days, nights and weeks looking after your sponsors, but ignore the people who are important to any sporting club and who themselves create the atmosphere, and that is the fans in the seats. That's what has ultimately killed this business. We have lost that atmosphere, we need voice and we need noise that can raise the playing standard. The hockey we have endured over the last year or so was also a major factor and I accept I should have acted sooner as it was not acceptable, even winning trophies is not acceptable if the hockey is not entertaining.

The last two guys have to be top end guys, I want people saying 'WOW, what a great game that was, there were hits, there were checks, there were goals. OK, we lost but so what, what a great game of hockey'. We haven't experienced that, we have left you miserable even when we have won! It's terrible, and we have to change it. Whose fault is it? Ultimately, it's my fault, I hire and fire the coach and I must shoulder that responsibility."


It is a great interview linkage below.

http://www.prohockeynews.com/hockey/publish/business/Steelers_Owner.shtml



As the off season wears on Call of the Wild will do our best to keep up with the comings and goings of our favorite Wolves.  The bulk of the action is yet to come, European leagues will sign the vets crossing the water in August as their seasons start the first weeks of September.  The American Hockey League and National Hockey League transaction boards will light up with the kids come September.You can bet Call of the Wild will be monitoring who is coming to town.


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