A few random thoughts, then I’ll pass out some weekend reading assignments.
The second round of the Stanley cup finals got off to a rousing start last night, eh? Chicago erases a 3-0 deficit with three goals in the third period…only to see Vancouver re-take the lead with 1:13 left in the game. Great viewing indeed.
I don’t know if you’re keeping up with the Atlanta Hawks’ NHB playoff series with the Miami heat, (Atlanta leads 3 games to 2 going into tonight’s matchup in Miami)….but as I watch the games being played in Philips, I can’t help but wonder if the Spirit Boys…who are in attendance…don’t sometimes think to themselves, “Hey…wouldn’t it be great if next season both of our team’s were in the playoffs and we were packing this place out with both sets of fans?…Maybe we should let Don spend a little to go out and bring in some quality players so we can do that”?
Just a thought.
Does anyone else find it ironic that after the previous season, the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning decided to release their coaches…Joel Quenneville and John Tortorella respectively…then watched as both of those men gained new coaching jobs and led their new teams, Chicago and the New York Rangers, into the playoffs…while the Avs and Bolts watched from the outside looking in?
Anyway, and now…
Weekend Reading Assignments
The Falconer has a two-part series posted in which he interviewed Don Waddell. In part one, Waddell discusses what went right and what went wrong during the past season. Part two deals with offseason priorities in regards to addressing the team’s needs and the up-coming draft. These are very good reads and Falconers has earned a big Rawhide “Atta-Boy” for his efforts!
Phil Foley reviews the Thrashers 2008-09 giveaways and takeaways.
Our pal Darren Eliot writes about how sweet Washington’s game-seven win was for the Caps…especially in the light of last year’s bitter disappointment.
In this ESPN post, George Johnson gives 15 reasons why it’s easy to love the Blackhawks.
Puck Daddy opines about the three Hart Trophy finalist. I cast my vote for Ovechkin.
Aaron Musick…who runs the Colorado Avalanche corner at Hockeybuzz…has a plan to put the Avs recovery on the fast track. It includes a trade with Atlanta in which Wolski, Svatos and Clark come here in return for Kari Lehtonen and a late rounder.
And finally…Adam Proteau makes good on a promise he made if the Columbus Blue Jackets made the playoffs. It sure would have been nice to have seen the man sporting “The ‘Stache” in Philips Arena.
Maybe next year, Adam…maybe next year