Random Thoughts & Weekend Reading Assignments

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

29 comments Add your comment

Riceowls8891

May 1st, 2009
7:32 am

Nice photo at the top of the column. :)

Midfield

May 1st, 2009
7:47 am

I won’t bet on Tortorella staying in New York for a long time. I disliked the man when he was trying to be the biggest blowhard in the South East, but now he amuses me. It’s as if Rangers were not embarrassed enough by incomparable Avery. I know that it is not likely, but wouldn’t it be cool if the Rangers traded for Crosby and Broshear to become the ultimate freak show on ice.

LAC

May 1st, 2009
8:25 am

Boy waddell said NOTHING to excite me. More of the same exact LAME crap he spits out year after year… NOTHING ever changes with him.

When you are a CAREER LOSER like waddell… well look at the record,
IT STINKS and I have ZERO reasons to expect any real positive BIG name changes !

I want to WIN, but as long as this GOOF is GM we will be bottom feeders
with little or NO chance at the playoffs, let alone even the most remote thought of becoming Stanly Cup Champions !

Darren

May 1st, 2009
8:44 am

I wonder just how long before Tortorella snaps and kills a drifter.

GaVaHokie

May 1st, 2009
9:40 am

Darren… or a reporter. :) It is the NY market after all.

jd (former AIZer)

May 1st, 2009
9:44 am

Go Canucks! I need this season to erase the haughting of 1994.

But how about the other series.
How good will Pitt Wash be!?!? Ovie vs. Cry baby. love it.
And Det – Ducks will be a battle. Ducks were way too talented to be an 8th seed. I would not want to play them. Pronger is a beast.
Then there’s Bos – Car……zzzzz…. wake me after Bos wins in 5.

Nice pic Tiller. Say hi to all my former co-workers.

R. Stroz

May 1st, 2009
11:10 am

Hopefully, Torts snaps and goes after Avery. That would be sooooo great to see on youtube.

Tony C.

May 1st, 2009
2:54 pm

Tony C.

May 1st, 2009
2:55 pm

He looks like an evil clown

World Be Free

May 1st, 2009
6:01 pm

Torts was a jerk when he was a Sabres assistant. Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup win will get him a few more jobs before the league gets sick of him.

Torts and Avery in a cage match would be fun.

Alan

May 1st, 2009
9:58 pm

Good god, Detroit was given a run for their money tonight. Very fun game, though. Hiller is an awesome goalie.

Wings fan in Ga.

May 1st, 2009
11:20 pm

Torts might be a jerk, but his name is on the Cup and our name (meaning actual name, not whatever team you pull for) isn’t. Life isn’t fair sometimes. … Rawhide, I agree with you on the Hart pick. While it would be great for Datsyuk, Ovechkin gets my vote.

Rawhide

May 1st, 2009
11:36 pm

Riceowls8891 – Don’t make me blush…

Wings fan in Ga. – Here are some of my thoughts on Tortorella.

Brendan

May 2nd, 2009
12:12 am

My vote goes to Ovechkin, for the Hart, since I think he means more to his team than any other player means to their team, while still getting results like … making the playoffs, winning a division, winning a playoff series, etc. But I do think Malkin isn’t far behind. When Crosby missed action, Malkin stepped up, pretty much EXACTLY the way he was called upon to do so.

Wayne from AL

May 2nd, 2009
12:32 am

Did anyone hear Chuck Oliver’s rant against DW on 680 The Fan Friday afternoon?

Wayne from AL

May 2nd, 2009
12:34 am

I remember when the Atlanta Spirit forced/bought tix for the Atlanta Hawks to sit in the stands during the Thrashers’ first playoff game vs. the Rangers back in 2007; I wish the Hawks could return the favor and force the Thrashers to sit through a Hawks playoff game…

Rawhide

May 2nd, 2009
7:35 am

Wayne from AL – I missed that…what was Oliver going off about?

Brendan

May 2nd, 2009
5:48 pm

I missed it, but wished I could have heard it. Nobody seems willing to say, “The Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes.” Instead, the prevailing mood is, “Well, that’s Waddell supposed to do? He’s shackled. He has bad ownership. He’s not in a position to fix anything, anytime soon.” And yes, there’s a whole lot of truth to that. But there’s also this truth: With five lottery draft picks, and eight Top 10 overall picks, shouldn’t this team be better than a 27th place finish, after a 28th place finish last year? If that was Chuck Oliver’s rant, I’d support him. If his rant was, “DW runs every top name out of town,” I don’t think that’s fair to Waddell. While it’s probably true that he’s run Eric Perrin out of town, I don’t think it’s true of Savard, Hossa, Kaberle, and Reasoner. Reasoner may even be back. Allegedly, supposedly, he will be. There’s at least been “talk” about re-signing by both camps. That’s usually a good thing. A signed contract is a much better thing, however.

Savard, Waddell kept, in hopes/gambling for a playoff berth that fell two-points short. With Kaberle and Hossa, I think they wanted to play elsewhere. So, when they got the chance, they took it. It can certainly be argued that Waddell and the organization didn’t put the ‘convincing pieces around him’ to make him want to stay. If that was Chuck Oliver’s rant, I’d agree with that, too.

Midfield

May 2nd, 2009
8:48 pm

One down, three to go. How ’bout Varlamov yet again? The kid layts out an egg, and – just where even the veterans (and I’m not talking about Lehtonen here by a long, long, long shot) ‘grasp for air’ – he stops literally everything.

World Be Free

May 3rd, 2009
10:19 am

How good would Savard and Kovy be together right now? We might be in the playoffs.

Ovechkin is my Hart choice. His physical play is what puts him over the top.

How great would it be to see Chicago and Washington in the finals? No offense Wings fans.

Brendan

May 3rd, 2009
12:21 pm

Who would Obama cheer for? The hometown Capitals? Or his Illinois-political roots Blackhawks? And if the Blackhawks actually reached the Finals, who does this say about Brian Campbell’s choice, as a free agent?

JLH

May 3rd, 2009
12:48 pm

Bill
With the Hawks on at 1:00, what do you think the setup will be at TJ’s?

Wings fan in Ga.

May 3rd, 2009
1:16 pm

If Chicago played Washington, Obama would award the Stanley Cup to both teams, then take away at least 5 Stanley Cup championships from Montreal and give them to Washington.

ranallo10 (in AT)

May 3rd, 2009
2:44 pm

And if the Blackhawks actually reached the Finals, who does this say about Brian Campbell’s choice, as a free agent?

He’s just one player…that’s what it says. It says more about the team as a whole if they were to make the finals.

Let’s not put the applecart before the horses here, Chicago has to make it out of the current round before you can go lauding Campbell’s signing as “the” reason they did anything.

Speaking of Campbell, did anybody see how irritated Scotty Bowman (aka Hockey God) was at Campbell after Vancouver scored the game clinching empty netter in Game 1? You could read his lips “Why was he at the boards?” (or something to that affect, I forget), to which Tallon responds “Who?” and Bowman clarifies “Campbell! Why was he down there!?”.

Say what?

May 3rd, 2009
7:25 pm

Wings fan in GA’comment reminds me of a Mark Twain quote…”It is better to keep your mouth shut and let everyone think you are an idiot,.. than to open it a remove all doubt.”

How about those Ducks. Is there a team better matched against the Wings? When did the Wings last beat them in a series?

Wings fan in Ga.

May 3rd, 2009
8:24 pm

Say what, obviously, has never heard of sarcasm.

Brendan

May 3rd, 2009
8:51 pm

It’s 2-0, Carolina, midway through the 2nd period. In triple overtime, the Ducks evened the series with Detroit. Unfortunately, I had all sorts of severe weather advisories all over the screen, and they just had a tiny box, 1/3 of the size of the screen with the game, with the 2/3rds remaining highlighting the WEATHER CENTER STORM COVERAGE.

I can’t complain though. Only a sociopath would think a playoff game is more important than a life/death weather advisory. Now, if it had been a Thrashers playoff game … (bah-dump-bump).

Brendan

May 3rd, 2009
9:52 pm

Bruins on the PP, still trailing 2-0, 7:30 left in the 3rd.

Brendan

May 3rd, 2009
10:19 pm

Series tied, 1-1. Fans who picked Carolina breathe a sigh of relief.