Kicking my way into the 21st century

OK folks. I have joined Twitter. Several of my co-workers just congratulated me on joining the 21st century.

Not sure how much I will use it, but I figured it was the best way to get you quick news bursts – like Kari Lehtonen’s minor surgery – before I can get it on the website. I’m vivlamoreajc. Follow me and I’ll give you updates, especially once the season starts.

Please pass on any advice as I navigate the new world. I just found out you don’t have to get up from the recliner to change the TV channel. They have these things called remote controls … OK I’m not that far behind on the times

So far I’m following Jeff Schultz and Craig Custance. That’s a dynamic duo.

I’ll be updating the Kari story, but it doesn’t look to be a major procedure.

34 comments Add your comment

Brendan

July 24th, 2009
12:21 pm

Thanks for the update, Chris. I think you’re doing a fine job.

Brendan

July 24th, 2009
12:26 pm

I’m glad Kari’s surgery wasn’t major. But it would have been interesting to watch Pavelec and Moose handle the early October portion of the schedule.

Alan

July 24th, 2009
12:30 pm

If by “interesting” you mean “scary”, then I would agree with you.

World Be Free

July 24th, 2009
12:30 pm

The Kari injury/surgery stories are starting early this year.

Stirring the pot for a Friday afternoon-players still available of interest–

Sykora, Bertuzzi, Malhotra, Comrie, Grier, Moore, Chelios, Shannahan, Afinogenov, Axelsson, Backman, etc.

Some are real old but would make great leaders.

Boomer

July 24th, 2009
12:31 pm

Did anyone not expect a Pavs/Moose tandem at some point in the season? Might as well be early.

World Be Free

July 24th, 2009
12:41 pm

We had Moose/Pavs in November/December and it did not work out too well.

Russian

July 24th, 2009
1:29 pm

It was minor surgery. He will be ready to opening night. I am not worry about it. He has a August and September to be ready.

Boomer

July 24th, 2009
1:46 pm

He has absolutely no reason to start opening night if Niittymäki is getting the nod for Tampa.

Barry

July 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

Hopefully Kari can beat Nittymaki opening night and get that monkey off his “back”. Tampa sounds like an improved team but of course every season it seems the Tampa team is just a boiling pot of players mixed together and hoping something actually tastes good when it’s done.

The Earl of Bud

July 24th, 2009
2:19 pm

Chris, I too am not completely in the 21st century for some things so I will just get your updates here. Thanks.

WBF, the whole team sucked in November so I am not putting the blame on just Pavelec/Hedberg. Or should I say it is not causing me worry if we go to them based on last year when they played.

Boomer, yeah, I expected them, but do we have to be talking about it ALREADY!?

R. Stroz

July 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

Chris – Congrats on getting the scoop on the Lehtonen news!

World Be Free

July 24th, 2009
2:41 pm

You are correct Earl, but it was Pavs chance to step up and be No.1. I don’t remember him stealing any games during this time.

Good that they came back in the 2nd half of the season or we would have little to look forward to this year.

Midfield

July 24th, 2009
2:51 pm

Does anybody know why so late into the summer? Was it a residual problem, or he just hurt the back in the gym, on the ice, or in a bar brawl?

The Earl of Bud

July 24th, 2009
3:25 pm

Nice point Midfield.

Sam

July 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

i might’ve laugh watching moosie and pav try to win the cup.
great, now ur modern!
im a little concerned ’bout the thrashers cuz they haven’t made big deals.

Sam

July 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

midfield-I know right? i mean as if it couldn’t have happend a long time ago. pretty soon, moosie will have a groin pull or somethin like tha the day before the seasn.

kracker

July 25th, 2009
11:01 am

Any update on the company line as to when/how Kari was injured? Did the team know before the rfa offer was accepted?

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 25th, 2009
4:49 pm

How about an update on Lavallee’s contract status?

Midfield

July 25th, 2009
10:58 pm

The silence on Lehtonen’s back surgery story is pretty deafening. If indeed he has been hiding the injury until after the contract negotiations, it would be serious breach of trust, let alone legal implications. And if it’s all good and just a coincidence, why wouldn’t somebody say something?

ben

July 26th, 2009
12:16 am

chris,

this interweb thing is a fad. stone tablets are coming back!

we could still roll pasi out there, right?

John

July 26th, 2009
1:33 am

Two words: Milan Hnilicka!

Sadtoseeitthisway

July 26th, 2009
3:19 am

Didn`t Kari sign his contract just recently? And already he`s gone under the knife for a back ailment. So it goes something like this. Hey, Kari, heard ya gotta weak back? Ya, really? So, how long ya had a weak back? Oh, since about a week back!

franky

July 26th, 2009
6:32 am

At that high level of competition, discs, even minor always rear their ugly head later on. This was a breach of contract…Read into the press release,,procedure only took 25 minutes..implying that it was minor…wrong..A disc is a disc is a disc.

World Be Free

July 26th, 2009
10:12 am

Boston Bruins-can anyone figure out why the Bruins traded Aaron Ward, bough out Eaves contract, then signed Derek Morris?

Morris is not an upgrate from Ward, he’s on the downside of his career. Derek Morris was ineffective withj the Rangers last year and has been “available” for some time. I am not saying Ward is Bobby Orr, but there just does not seem to be much difference. Add to that, signing Morris takes away from whatever cap space the Bruins had to sign Phil Kessel.

Boston basically has traded a 6th defenseman for a 6th d-man negating the purpose of trying to create more cap space for a specific purpose (Kessel).

Thrashers27

July 26th, 2009
3:09 pm

Ben, I would love to see Pasi back again. Man, he was fun to watch!

It would be kinda crappy of Kari to not disclose his injury prior to signing his new contract. I don’t think he would do that. Besides, isn’t a “lower back injury” what sidelined him for a few weeks last season? This is likely a re-injury…I would hope he wouldn’t wait until halfway throught he off-season to have the surgery. That wouldn’t make any sense.

sisu

July 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

I don’t believe there was anything hidden in the injury, from the team point of view they want to make sure they are ok with the doctor chosen. From Kari’s point of view he wanted the team to be okay with this and make sure it was addressed. Why did the team wait so long to sogn him?

With Pavs and Moose the club will not be on solid footing for goal tending. One is a career back up at best (he works his butt off but he is still a back up and hopefully a goalie coach) and with Pavs he has shown his immaturity last season by pouting when he was sent to Chicago and he did not do well in the NHL so far…

sisu

July 26th, 2009
4:50 pm

Oh, Pasi is done….he could not come back even if he wanted to and he has a sweet deal as an owner and goalie coach with his Lahti Pelicans

Thrashers27

July 26th, 2009
5:12 pm

Yes, I think we’re all painfully aware that Pasi is very unlikely to come back. Just saying it would be nice to see his fire again. If Kari would battle like Pasi he would be unstoppable. I do think we started to see a bit of fight in Kari toward the end of last season.

jared

July 26th, 2009
5:50 pm

does anyone have an espn subscription? EJ hradek just did a story on the thrashers and i want to read it but i need a subscription

John

July 26th, 2009
8:10 pm

Boston needed cap room and Aaron Ward is a Carolinian at heart, he lives there, all that good stuff…the Bruins are fine. They have one of the best centers in the game and several top forwards. Their achillies heel is Tim Thomas. If he keeps it up, they’re fine. But he’s not one they can hinge their future on.

World Be Free

July 26th, 2009
9:07 pm

Thanks John-I think they gave up a reliable defenseman for another d-man who is clearly on the downside of his career. Morris gets a $3.3M deal which negates whatever cap room was gained in trading Ward.

Jared-sorry I cannot help you. Gave up on SI years ago.

Alan

July 27th, 2009
10:20 am

I believe this ( http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/insider/news/story?id=4353620&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnhl%2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d4353620 ) is what Jared is referring to. I’d love to read his projections, but feel it’s not worth the “insider” subscription insomuch as ESPN doesn’t care about hockey.

ranallo10

July 27th, 2009
7:23 pm

“Their achillies heel is Tim Thomas. If he keeps it up, they’re fine. But he’s not one they can hinge their future on.”

He won the Vezina Trophy for Chris’ sake…what kind of “achillies [sic] heel” wins a Vezina Trophy???

World Be Free

July 27th, 2009
8:44 pm

Ranallo-I saw that too, but was too stunned to respond. I think most teams would take Thomas in a minute.

Earl-still working on the new name. I have some doozies that are unique. Some classic NHL or North American Hockey League players (remember the Norseman?), or a symptom of living in Buffalo. Tough to choose.