Greetings gang from bee-U-TEE-ful sunny and warm Florida. The Divine Mrs. R and I as well as the tax-exemptions will be down here for a week enjoying a bit of vacation-time fun. However, I’ll still be chimmin’ in from time to time…in between swimming in the pool, relaxing with cool drink in hand, soaking up some rays, taking part in some of the resort’s activities and generally enjoying the sights.
In the mean time, I’ll leave you with some reading assignments for this holiday weekend.
But first…let me please take this time to remind everyone of the reason we celebrate Memorial Day. We have countless blessing that are bestowed upon us simply because of the great country we live in. We enjoy such wonderful freedoms that come simply by being an American. These blessings and freedoms have been bought and protected throughout the past two and a third centuries via the sacrifice of our brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price. We not only remember and honor these soldiers who have fallen for our freedoms this weekend, but also we do the same for the family and loved ones that they have left behind.
Please take some time over the course of the next couple of days…between the barbecuing, shopping, hiking and other activities…to pause, honor and give thanks for those who have refreshed the tree of liberty with their blood.
And with that…here are some weekend reading assignments.
First off the bat…Pittsbugh took a two-OH series leadagainst Carolina last night with a very exciting 7-4 win as Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick. Funny though…I don’t recall hearing about Sidney Crosby complaining to the refs about all the hats being thrown to the ice this time.
Here we have Don Waddell chatting with Ben Wright of the Blueland Blog. Among other things, Don discusses the possibility of Ilja Nikulin playing in Atlanta this fall
TSN is reporting that the Minnesota Wild will hire Pittsburgh’s assistant GM Chuck Fletcher to be their new general manager.
Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated writes that the Blackhawks won’t be able to out-skill the Red Wings…so, they’ll have to out-work them.
Ross KcKeon of Yahoo Sports believes that we will be in for a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. If so, I’m rooting for Pittsburgh…even if only because of the sweet irony of the Marian Hossa angle of the story.
Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News is excited about a group of young players that may soon see action in the NHL. He also believes that the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos is poised to have a great sophomore season.
Wondering how the Thrasher may budget for Ilya Kovalchuk’s expected salary increase? Well, here’s a thought as to how it could be worked out. WARNING…if you’re a Slava Kozlov fan, you might not like this.
And finally…Jeromy Roenick believes that the reason Chris Chelios’ time on ice has been reduced is because Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has a “grudge against American players“.