Good morning from the friendly, very blue sky.
Hot off the presses -- or a phone call with Lou Nanne moments before my flight from Edmonton to Minnesota -- here are the forward lines for Saturday's 4 p.m. Alumni Game between the North Stars/Wild and the Blackhawks.
A reminder, the game will be telecast locally on Fox Sports North.
Nanne, who is coaching the team with Tom Reid and Mike Ramsey, said,
Neal Broten will skate with Dino Ciccarelli and Tom McCarthy
Bobby Smith will skate with Steve Payne and Willi Plett
Mike Modano will skate with Brian Bellows and Brian Rolston (I broke the news to Rolston, and he was thrilled)
Tom Younghans will skate with Jack Carlson and Dennis Maruk
In a 2003 Wild reunion line, Wes Walz will skate with Antti Laaksonen and Richard Park
And, this is neat, but Andrew Brunette and Darby Hendrickson will skate with Modano, Smith and Broten, who will be double-shifted.
Nanne didn't know the D pairs yet because Reid was supposed to formulate those. Tom didn't text me back by the time I left the ground, so it may be waiting for me when I land.
Nanne thought Brad Maxwell was with Craig Hartsburg, but he didn't know the pairs between Fred Barrett, Brad Bombardir, Jon Casey (yes, he's playing D), Reed Larsen and Gordie Roberts.
Gilles Meloche and Don Beaupre will split the game.