Neal Page: Where’s your other hand?

Del Griffith: Between two pillows.

Neal Page: THOSE aren’t PILLOWS!

If you cracked a smile at that short dialogue, then you certainly know which movie the scene comes from…”Planes, Trains and Automobiles”…one of my favorites of all time. God knows after watching it I’ve never used a towel in the bathroom unless I have set eyes upon it and clearly identified it as such…and not a size XXXXL set of underwear!

The director of that film, John Hughes, was a master in the film making industry with such works to his credit as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and many others.

Hughes passed away suddenly of a heart attack Thursday while visiting family in New York. He was 59 years old.

In light of that, I hope you’ll please forgive me as I stray off the hockey reservation for a little while here… but I just could not let his passing go by without just a brief comment.

Hughes movies were funny, energetic screenplays that would set the viewers up with and hour and a half of laughter … then hit us between the eyes with a wonderful life-lesson. In the above-mentioned 1987 film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles“, Steve Martin and John Candy star in a rip-roaring comedy that follows Neal Page, (Martin), in his attempt to simply get home in time for Thanksgiving. His journey is doomed once he crosses paths with the bumbling but well-meaning Del Griffith, (Candy). From there, Page’s travels turn into a nightmarish series of catastrophes that spiral out of control.

Throughout the movie, Griffith is carrying his oversized travel trunk that only hamper Page’s efforts all the more. The truck is cumbersome, heavy, bulky and to Page it was nothing more than a nuisance….a burden.

To Griffith…it was his life.

However, once Page realizes Griffith’s life is filled with far more challenges than his ever will and that his focus has been inward instead of outward, he then begins to help Del carry the trunk…his burden…along the way. Only once his heart was softened to Griffith’s situation and it was it opened to help his fellow man was he able to then make progress on his path and find his way home.

They tell me there’s a moral there someplace.

If you’ve not yet seen the movie, do yourself the favor of setting aside some time…maybe around Thanksgiving… to do so. You’ll roll on the floor laughing throughout it, then smile from your heart at the end.

That’s the way of a Hughes film.

R.I.P. John Hughes. And thank you for creating movies that made us laugh as much as they made us think.

And now…back to hockey.

Less Than A Month Away From Thrashers Hockey

Uh-huh…yup. That’s what I said. We are within a month of some Thrashers hockey action. In case you were not aware, Atlanta will once again participate in the Prospects Tournament and Training Camp in Traverse City, Michigan. The first game will be on Sunday September 6 as Atlanta’s young-uns will take on the Red Wings’ prospects. Monday the 7th the Thrashers will face the Rangers. After a practice-only day they’ll face off against Carolina on the 9th. The Finals will then be held on the 10th.

Ring Around The Blogosphere

The Falconer points out that Colby Armstrong was the Thrashers’ most valuable player while at full strength last year.

Big Shooter of the Blueland Chronicle tells us of the time he met the recently retired Jeremy Roenick.

Thrashing About’s Timmyf asks the question, “Does anybody else seem confused that Don Waddell has done exactly what he said he would?”

Ms. Sunshine informs us that Thrash is looking for a friend.

Sean Grace describes this particular time of year as “The long, hot tease“.

There’s a new Thrashers blog in town…Thrash Talk…and in one of his first entries, Andrew breaks down the Exelby/Kubina trade.

Tim of the6thsen goes “Around the League in 30 Beers“.

And finally…if you hadn’t already seen this, Adam Proteau has posted his list of the worst UFA signings of this summer. Atlanta’s acquisition of Nik Antropov is number three.


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August 8th, 2009
10:01 am

Yes, these are indeed the ‘dog days of summer.’ Let’s drop the puck, already!!

On the Hughes front, he perfected the movie soundtrack. His movies always had a sountrack that you affiliated with some scene in one of his movies.


August 8th, 2009
10:20 am

I love John Hughes movies. Nobody makes movies like that anymore.

I also love hockey and I’m really over this off-season thing.

R. Stroz

August 8th, 2009
10:32 am

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – One of my favorite movies of all time.

I still do the bat-ter, bat-ter, sweeeeng, bat-ter, bat-ter.

Ohhhh Yeaaah, Bom, Bom

World Be Free

August 8th, 2009
12:03 pm

Long Duck Dong from Sixteen Candles-

“Sam not here, she gone to church to marry oily beau-hunk”


August 8th, 2009
12:08 pm

man, how long has this off season been!!!???? im ready for some action! i LUV john hughes movies!he was so talented and came a long way. very good man, god bless him.

Roenick, oh,i dont blame him, he’s pretty old. (for a hockey player of course) he was a great guy on and off the ice.

World Be Free

August 8th, 2009
12:22 pm

Adam Proteau is one of those guys who I like to dismiss.

Also, we will miss Hughes for sure, but what about John Candy? JC was one of THE funiest guys I ever saw. He was the kind of person who did not have to try and be funny, it was natural. Gone way too soon.


August 8th, 2009
1:08 pm

There will be a John Hughes marathon this weekend

Is it possible to start a “Rawhides Official Countdown to Opening Day.”


August 8th, 2009
1:46 pm

Chet from Weird Science is one of the best movie assholes of all time.

1) Planes Trains & Automobiles
2) Christmas Vacation
3) Vacation
4) Weird Science
5) Mr. Mom


August 8th, 2009
2:07 pm

Here’s a link to some great John Hughes movie quotes:

Bring on the hockey already.


August 8th, 2009
2:57 pm

Best line ever…”It’s social…demented and sad, but social.”

If for no other reason than Kovy re-signing with us because we added Antropov, he will be worth the money we pay. Personally, I think he’s going to provide in the range of 65 points and the know-it-all Toronto kiss ups at the Hockey News will eat their words. They’ve got us pegged for 15th in the conference…yeah, right.

Tony C.

August 8th, 2009
4:35 pm

Whoever said something about Hughes’ and his soundtracks-I still rank the “some kind of wonderful” soundtrack as one of the best compilation soundtracks ever.

I wonder if anybody has any info regarding Stapleton???

The Earl of Bud

August 8th, 2009
5:07 pm

Tony C. expect Stapleton to start the year in Chicago. Although he was a point/game player in his only year in the AHL last year at his size it seems that all he might be. He’s already 25-26 years old. He spent time in Europe but doesn’t do as well for the North American game. The Marlies fans loved him but the overall label of him on the Toronto blogs was “perimeter player”. I see him as another AAAA-type a la Brett Sterling.

Tony C.

August 8th, 2009
5:15 pm

Additionally, I think Antropov’s “rep” got slaughtered by his learning the NHL game in front of Torontans(is that right? I’m trying to stop using “frostback”)… They expect that any guy over 6′1″ that plays centRe to be part human wrecking ball, part dead-eye sniper.

I believe they thought they were getting the “Soviet version” of Keith Primeau. Antropov’s just not that kind of guy-he was raised in a culture that prizes “the beautiful game” so to speak-just look at Kovalchuk, Datsyuk, Kovalev, Zherdev live to dangle, and prize the graceful move over just bullrushing a guy – even the Russian that Canadians warm to the most, Ovechkin, is a guy that uses his hands more than his shoulder (although he surely ain’t shy about the shoulder)… Maybe if Antropov wasn’t as gifted an athelete, where he came up in a manner where he had to play more of a grinder’s game, perhaps the Toronto fans would’ve been more accepting.

Similar to our own disappointment with Andy Sutton’s reluctance to “play as big as he is”. However, the difference (to me at least) between our view of “Mandy” and Torontans view of Antropov, is that Sutton played a position and minutes that dictated a more physical presence – Antropov however, had he been a few inches shorter wouldn’t have raised their expectations for physical play so high.

Also, it takes some time for guys to “get it”. Not everybody is Ilya-where the puck is superglued to their stick while puling a five-move outside-inside-inside some more deke. If I’m not wrong Antropov came into the league at like 19-with all sorts of expectations in front of the most rabid fans on the continent. We’ve seen his production steadily increase, and in fact, I think we’ll see his numbers go up even more in Anderson’s system-his numbers went up once Torts took over NYR, and his system is very up tempo and more than a little bit similar to Anderson’s style.

Of course I say this brimming with off-season optimism… Hey at least everybody we got as UFA isn’t on the wrong side of 30!


August 8th, 2009
6:53 pm

I still get a b****r when Kelly LeBrock says ” What do you little devils want to do first?” in that British accent from Weird Science. Anyway, getting close to time for breaking out Slapshot. You know, our old Flames could kick a$$ back in the day. And it put people in the seats, win or lose.


August 8th, 2009
7:39 pm

Very few things are funnier than a Clark Griswold “meltdown”.

World Be Free

August 8th, 2009
8:28 pm

Nice post Tony-
Torontonians is what I believe they call themselves.
I have been watching Leafs’ games for a long time. Maple Leaf fans are particularly tough on any player who is not Canadian. Antropov really never got a chance to shed his Russian stereotype in Toronto. Even Ranger fans were easier on him in New York.
Leaf fans have been planning his departure for years. Toss in trading Stahlamn (to Calgary), Kubina to Atlanta and plans to jettison Kaberle, Stepniak, Finger and Blake and you can see you are a marked man in Toronto if you’re not Canadian. These are the undeniable facts. Look at how long it took Borje Salming to become accepted in Toronto.
I am not saying Antropov is THE answer to our problems. I just know he will get a better chance to succeed her in Atlanta than he did in Toronto. I believe Kovy will open up space for Antropov to use his size to his advantage. He will not be THE go-to guy in Atlanta, as he was in Toronto.


August 8th, 2009
9:05 pm

From beautiful upstate new york where the weather feels as if we should be closer to dropping pucks than we are…hughes must have been a bit of a hockey fan because I can think of several of his movies where the characters wear hockey clark griswold wearing his ‘hawks sweater while watching eddie empty out his chem toilet into the storm drain…”#@”**)#@ was full!!!”

The Earl of Bud

August 8th, 2009
9:44 pm

thrashers27, I never caught that. Cameron with the Gordie Howe jersey. Nice catch.

Brendan, did you catch any of the HOF ceremonies tonight? I am watching on delay now, had to watch it tonight.


August 8th, 2009
11:32 pm

Well…. I’m with you fellers…..
I think oh brother where art thou and raising arizona are two very funny ones.


ranallo10 (in AT)

August 9th, 2009
12:23 am

WBF — Maybe Toronto fans just have low tolerance for players who aren’t renowned stars. I don’t remember reading many complaints about Sundin.

I always view the opinions from Toronto fans with the understanding that they are love/hate…either the player is amazing or he’s horrible…there is no middle ground. So if Finger, McCabe, Kubina, Stempniak, etc are fed to them by the media as “part of the solution” but the player does not follow through (i.e., do not help the team get to the playoffs or go deep in the playoffs), Toronto fans scream for heads to roll and look for the next answer. Meanwhile the media, who pushed the player down the throat of the fans, backtracks and trashes said player as often as possible.

That’s the meat-grinder that is called Toronto.

Many of the loud Toronto fans are about instant gratification, in my opinion. If they were losing with Crosby on their roster they’d still be upset after every depth signing because they simply want to win, and win now.


August 9th, 2009
6:43 am

Thrashers27, I was about to say that in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Cameron is wearing a Red Wings jersey. But that’s already been mentioned.

Tony C., whenever I hear “Oh yeah!,” by Mello Yello, I think of the end of Ferris Bueller and Principal all in disarray, defeated by Ferris. If there was a movie that sort of defined the 80’s, it was the Breakfast Club. I still hear Simple Mind’s “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” playing when the movie is mentioned.

EOB, I’ve been far, far away from a TV for the past few days. I missed everything.

Ranallo, I think you’re exactly right, regarding Toronto and fan expectations. Perhaps fans they have always been this way, but it’s been exacerbated by four decades without a Cup. If a Leaf fan was born after 1960, their memories of Stanley Cup years are “hazy” at best. But for a Toronto fan born between 1940 and 1950, they’re exasperated over the lack of Cup wins, and about how and why Harrold Ballard was allowed to experience a “natural death,” rather than being driven out of town with his head on a spike. Preferably on fire, before a throng of cheering fans.

Sometimes, I feel Toronto’s worst enemy is not the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadians, Buffalo Sabres or Ottawa Senators, but rather, the Toronto media. That media seems to have the power to fire GM’s and Head Coaches alike. Though, season tickets never seem to cease to be sold. With the proper architect in place, any team could win the Cup in 3-5 years, if it’s patient and it’s prudent. If it builds through the draft, and the waiver wire, and works on player retention, via committed ownership.

I’d like to see an informal poll here. How many of the NHL’s 30 teams, would YOU say, as bloggers, are GOOD OWNERSHIP? By “good ownership,” I mean committed towards winning a Cup and getting significant results. We sometimes call that “accountability.” Well? How many? Seven? Eight? Perhaps ten? How many of you would say that twenty (20), or two-thirds (2/3’s)of the League’s teams have committed ownership? Dedicated to winning a Cup within 3-5 years? I’m interested to see the results of that. If it’s NOT twenty, then already … one-third of the league isn’t TRYING. Or not properly.

Well, guess where I’m headed next? Who the HECK approved these clowns to run teams that DON’T TRY? If some wealthy and powerful entity needs to own a hockey for a “tax write-off,” NO THANKS!!! I wish fans had some say over WHO gets to own hockey teams. But that day will never happen. The closest we’ll ever come to that … is to close the wallet and fire them. “I don’t like the way you run the hockey team, I’m getting MLB, NBA, MLS, NFL, or gasp, Arena Football tickets instead.” That’s a message they’ll understand. But sadly, it doesn’t wrest control of the team away from them. I bet if you asked the average Torontonian walking down Yonge Street if they’re happy with the current Leaf ownership, they’d say, “No.” And if you asked them if they wished someone else could own the team, they’d say, “Yes.”

World Be Free

August 9th, 2009
7:33 am

Ranallo-thanks for throwing in McCabe. Kinda blows my theory that the Maplre Leaf scapegoats are all non-Canadians!

McCabe played hard in Toronto, elevating his game higher than he had anywhere else. Leaf management awarded him with a huge contract, probably more than he deserved as a one-dimensional (offense only) defenseman. That was not McCabe’s fault; he took what they gave him when the Leaf Nation demanded he be resigned to a long term deal. From that point, Leaf fans started booing Bryan McCabe into submission, management tied to trade him ANYWHERE they could. Why would any UFA want to go to the Maple Leafs after seeing what the Leafs did to McCabe? They still boo him today and Bryan McCabe did nothing wrong.

Toronto has 2 major problems-

1. The self-proclamed belief that Toronto is the center of the hockey universe. No Torontonian would deny this.

2. The Leafs have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967. They had a great GM back then – Punch Imlach who won 4 cups in the 1960’s-they fired him!

All this makes Toronto one big pressure cookers for any GM, coach or player who works for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instant gratification is a great way of putting it, but the situation goes beyond that having not won a cup for 42 years (and counting) while other “non-hockey markets” have won cups (Carolina, Tampa Bay).

Ask Ron Wilson, who had a decent season last year working in turmoil with very little talent. And why does the press in Toronto have a problem with Ron Wilson? Because he’s American.

And so it goes, in Toronto.

World Be Free

August 9th, 2009
7:35 am

Thrashers27-not much summer in the northeast this year. I was up the week after July 4th, noticed alotta people still had covers on their swimming pools. I have never seen that before, ever! So much for global warming!


August 9th, 2009
12:32 pm

Brendan – I think it depends on what your idea of good ownership is. To me it should be a 100% commitment to building a winning hockey (or insert other sport here) team first and foremost, and running a classy organization that is at least mostly drama-free and treats all of its employees well second. I’d say most NHL owners have done a respectable job. Some markets are going to self-sustain a team better than others and it’s honestly hard to fault an individual or group for not sinking every last dime they have into a professional sports team if there is no possible way there can be enough fan support – hence revenue – to recoup those expenditures.

The only horrible owners that pop into my mind have been: Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (to me the worst ownership in hockey), Charles Wang, Bill Wirtz prior to his passing and I’m reserving judgement on his son after the nonsense this summer, Atlanta Spirit (who might prove me wrong if they could ever quit suing each other, get someone else in here with some $$, and shut Bruce Levenson up), and then there’s the dynamic duo down in Tampa who I’m also giving a wait-and-see pass to – I won’t outright condemn them off one season even if it was one of the craziest things ever witnessed in professional hockey. There are some markets like Buffalo or Florida that I wonder about but don’t know enough details on that I can’t be sure if it’s truly an ownership problem or a market problem. Most other owners at least seem like they care and are trying. Some may face certain challenges over others, but at least they’ve got their hearts and heads in the right places.

And for the record, the concept of owning “tax write-off” entities is the absolute most moronic business concept ever created. With the current high bracket set at 35%, you generate a $20M loss, you reduce your tax liability by $7M. But guess what – you’re still $13M in the hole. I don’t care if the highest tax bracket goes to 50% – I’d rather make $20M, give $10M to the government and still have $10M in my possession than lose $20M, save $10M in taxes but still be in the hole for the other $10M. (Which doesn’t mean, for the record, that I support a 50% tax bracket…just thought I’d clarify that.) And while a sports entity may gain value over time, meaning that a profit could be made if the team is sold down the road for a significant amount more than it was purchased for, in some of these cases where losses are generated on an annual basis, the sum of the annual losses very likely will exceed the profit made upon sale of the franchise. So all in all, if you aren’t in it to win it, don’t buy a hockey team.


August 9th, 2009
12:47 pm

Patrick Kane was arrested last night for assaulting and robbing a cab in Buffalo. Blackhawks are not having a good offseason!


August 9th, 2009
1:08 pm

Glovesave29 – WOW…you aren’t kidding about the B’Hawks having a nightmare of an offseason. Here is a link to the Patrick Kane story.

He and his cousin, James Kane, will be charged with second-degree robbery…which is a felony…as well as criminal mischief and theft of services misdemeanors.


ranallo10 (in AT)

August 9th, 2009
1:59 pm

Interesting how the story didn’t once mention what the cab driver did or did not do. I find it hard to believe a 20 year old professional athlete would just randomly decide to beat the stuffing out of a cabbie at 4am, unprovoked.

I’m not trying to defend Kane’s actions, but there is clearly more to this story than the link provides. Hopefully for him (as a 20 year old kid) it was a provoked mistake and his punishment is minimum. I’m sure Chicago fans are hoping this gets forgotten about immediately.

Anybody want to take a guess at if/when EA Sports will remove Kane from the NHL10 cover?

The Earl of Bud

August 9th, 2009
3:14 pm

ranallo10 (in AT), so far what I heard was that Kane gave the cabbie $15 for a $13.80 cab fare and the two were walking away. The next thing that is said is that for some reason they both walked back and then a scuffle occured. So they actually paid him, but for whatever reason they went back and no one knows what role the cabbie played in all of this.

Two things that are bad about this: 1) all of this was over $13.80 or $15 which is just stupid for an exposed millionaire athlete 2) he was in town promoting fundraising for Cazenovia ice rink with Tim Kennedy (Sabres prospect also from South Buffalo) and was doing a community service and now is tarnished.

On a side note, Sundin received many complaints. When Toronto had their last good playoff run and was knocked out of the conference finals in the late 90’s, many were saying he wasn’t captain material and questioned if they could ever win the Cup with him. I think Carolina (Maurice finals team, not Laviolette Cup team)knocked them out of the conference finals again but I didn’t follow them as closely at that season.

World Be Free

August 9th, 2009
4:00 pm

Betcha they are “lovin” little Patrick Kane at the Erie County Holding Center (the county lockup). What an idiot.

Brendan-you are right on with the issue in Toronto, the media. You can click on and radio show or sports outlet in Toronto 365 days a year and you will be about the Leafs. Even Montreal gives hockey a break once and awhile. Harold Ballard, “Pal Hal” was the worst owner I have ever seen in any sport. What a turd.

Scotty Bowman

August 9th, 2009
4:54 pm

The police acted stupidly when they arrested Patrick Kane.

The Earl of Bud

August 9th, 2009
6:16 pm

Scotty Bowman, I read your comment five minutes ago and didn’t laugh at all. After going to another page and coming back and then “getting it” it was hilarious, h/t to ya.

Anyway from what I got from folks up in WNY, I think Kane is going to get off on this. It seems that what really happened was that he paid the cabbie and then asked for change. The cabbie wouldn’t give it to him and that’s when the scuffle occured (which may be more his cousin than him but that’s tbd).

If we look at this objectively through the eyes of the law, while Kane may be the world’s cheapest SOB behind Scottie “no tippin” Pippen, it is not illegal to ask for your change. It is illegal though to not give change. Think if you went somewhere and paid $20 on a $5.70 tab and didn’t get change. Just because the store or whatever doesn’t have $14.30 doesn’t mean they get to keep your money. Apparantley it was the cousin who had the ripped $5 bill, not Patrick. This will probably disappear but for cryin’ out, that cabbie better have done something extremely bad for him to ask for $1.20 and even then, is it worth it?

Where Kane may get in further trouble though is that he is only 20 years old. This occured on Chippewa St. In Buffalo/Atlanta terms Allentown is like Little Five Points and Chippewa St. is like the old Buckhead strip before they tore it all down, maybe it’s like what Midtown is now. If he was drunk at 4am which is what happens on Chippewa St. then he might get in trouble there, but I would guess that if they didn’t do something right then and there, you can’t prove it once he sobers up.

World Be Free

August 9th, 2009
7:50 pm

I know I drank under the limit in Allentown or “them there parts”. I could think of 10-12 bars in the general area that served me my first drink before I could shave. You’d think Kane would have had the smarts (and the money) to tip the guy, especially on a $20 fare.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2009
8:03 pm

EOB – I know Scotty Bowman very well. I’m glad you enjoyed the humor.


August 9th, 2009
8:39 pm

TSN is reporting that the NHL is stepping in to force a resolution in the fractured ownership of the Tampa Bay Lighting. WTF? Why the heck is this not happening here? They’ve had the moron twins of Barrie and Koules for just over a year, we’ve been putting up with the ASG for what, five years now?

World Be Free

August 9th, 2009
9:36 pm

Glovesave-not sure I would take anything too seriously if it comes from a Canadian media outlet. The Canadian media is hell bent on reporting anything negative about southeastern U.S. frachises, or any NHL franchise south of the border that looks shaky.

I am not saying there nothing up with the Tampa franchise. But whatever it is, you can count on the Canadian media outlets milking it for whatever negativity they can.

That’s life in Canada-the 51st state.

The Earl of Bud

August 9th, 2009
9:58 pm

“That’s life in Canada-the 51st state.”

Since when did Canada outrank Puerto Rico? Oh, that will make them upset if they read that.

R. Stroz, can you tell him I’m not always this slow? It literally flew right over my head. On that thought, maybe don’t tell him unless he’s on this blog often and already read this anyway.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2009
10:11 pm

EOB – Don’t worry the Puerto Ricans read Spanish, they’ll never know.

The Samoans might get pissed though and those guys are usually pretty big.


August 9th, 2009
10:32 pm

And yet, Sara, you’d be amazed by how many people don’t get the concept of “tax credit.” If you gave me a dollar, and I handed you $0.33 back, how many dollars would you have to hand me … before you realized you were getting snookered? This is how a home loan works.

And if you’ve got some kind of cash-back credit card, when you get 1% or 2% or special 5% promotional/season purchase items, and you go “hog wild” spending to stockpile your CASHBACK AWARD, you better be able to pay the bill in full, at the end of the billing cycle. Otherwise, you’re what makes sales and marketing smile, ear to ear, like a Cheshire cat. While they potentially ravage you to the tune of 20-someting percent on interest.

Frank Grimes, asks Homer Simpson, “Homer, this place is a ‘palace.’ How do you possibly afford it?” Homer shrugs, “I don’t know. Don’t ask me how the economy works.” Homer asks Ned Flanders, his neighbor, how he afforded his house. “Ned, I get your mail sometimes by mistake. I’ve seen your paystubs, and you only make $200 more a month than me. Why is your house so much better?” Ned smiles, “Credit, silly.”

There’s a lot of idiocy in lending and credit. For that matter, just how in the heck do we know the stock market isn’t lying through its teeth about what the aggregate value of corporations and its shares are truly worth? Does anyone really know? Sometimes, I wonder if it isn’t all just a gigantic “Ponzi scheme.” God bless an honest accountant.


August 9th, 2009
10:35 pm

Sad situation on the Patrick Kane front. Kane could easily flip the cabbie a Benjamin and never think about it another second. Then again, and I’m grasping here, but perhaps a person doesn’t do his best “thinking” at 4AM, on Chippewa St., in Buffalo? Even if booze weren’t involved.

I suspect this whole thing will blow over like a tropical storm that was projected to be a full on Hurricane.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2009
11:10 pm

I think we should start a new prediction date as to when the Blackhawks management, owners, or players make another mistake.

Or even better, we can pick which happens first, whether the Blackhawks screw up again or Kovy is re-signed.

World Be Free

August 10th, 2009
5:45 am

EOB and Stroz-you know, most canadians I know are real good, nice people. It’s the idiots that drink the hockey Kool Aid that are the idiots. Forgot about Samoa and PR; toss in the Marianas too.

Brendan-good point about thinking at 4AM. Chris Pronger got into trouble in Buffalo at Jim Kelly’s old bar. A fight broke about involving Hartford Whalers players and Pronger was “there”, don’t think he was involved. Chris was 19 at the time, but I am sure he looked 21.


August 10th, 2009
7:57 am

Glovesave29….I agree. I’ve called into 680 and 790 and gotten their opinions about some help with the terrible ownership here and they both said it’s never going to happen. They sited the Clippers and Raiders and then hung up. Oh well….Dub is still here too…some things never change I guess…


August 10th, 2009
8:53 am

My vote goes to another Blackhawk screw up. I don’t have my list with me, but I think someone had August 9, 2009, for a Kovy re-sign date. There were a couple of guesses in August. And some in September. And then, the next closest guess is June of 2010. Ranallo and I have June 30th, at different times of day. Kovy’s got until then to use his contract to influence Atlanta ownership’s thinking process. Of course, he does run the “risk” of being traded at the deadline in 2010. Truthfully, if the Thrashers are out of it, I’d love to “rent” Kovy for some 1st round picks and a 3rd, then have him re-sign on July 1.

Hallucinations are fun.

Toby, hang tough. Weather the storm. The Spirit Group won’t be here forever. And, as Sage of Bluesland might say, “We fans hold all the power. IF only we’d see it.” They cannot stay in business without gate receipts. No business can flourish, if they don’t move the inventory. For whatever this is worth, I personally believe that Don Waddell CARES. I think he TRIES, to the extent of his God-given abilities, and within the parameters of the budget he’s afforded. I do NOT believe that DW has “emotionally quit.” I’m sure it’s all he can do to just hold his head up high and smile. This CANNOT BE how he’d envisioned being a GM in the NHL. I’m sure he wished for better ownership. And better support in the newspaper, on the TV and radio news. But, it is what it is. And winning would make everything better, of course.

If I were Waddell, I would have resigned by now, using all the power of my restraint not to RIP my former bosses apart, with stern “BEWARE” messages for the next GM. Of course, and needless to say, Don Waddell didn’t help his own cause any by going with slow, aging veterans over a strategy of prospect development during the early years. And having a concept for the team “identity.” Bygones.


August 10th, 2009
9:18 am

WBF – I realize the anti-US slant of Canadian media outlets, but this story is on multiple outlets and is missing the usual slant – it’s just a one paragraph byline, a simple statement of the facts. The league has been stepping in lately in Tampa, making sure the partners do have the necessary cash to run the team (a symptom of the Boots Del Biaggio affair, no doubt)…ours are in court against each other. We are certainly the more needful situation (at least on the surface, who knows what may be lurking beneath each team to which we are blissfully unaware). The old Abraham Lincoln adage fits nicely here…”A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


August 10th, 2009
9:57 am

Why is the NHL helping TB and not Atlanta? It should be fairly simple to see.

Atlanta’s situation is in litigation. Tampa’s is not. TB’s clusterf!@k isn’t in the legal system. It’s just a spat between two people with no sense. Atlanta’s clusterf!@k is about someone who didn’t want to trade for a player for the Hawks. The whole situation was out of the hands of the NHL to begin with, as it relates both to basketball and it was during the lockout. It’s in court, though, meaning the NHL can’t really step in if they wanted to until a ruling is handed down, and both parties agree the judgment is final.

Regardless of whose fault it is, who the court rules in favor of, and who comes out with the teams, the current ownership group are bloody morons..

The Earl of Bud

August 10th, 2009
10:19 am

WBF, Marianas? Can you just say Guam next time, it would’ve saved me a trip to Wikipedia. It’s bad enough I’ve got the blog open here, then again it’s probably worse that I’ve only heard of Guam and never of the Marianas.

On another note, I know plenty of good Canadians. My shot was at the media as well.

Brendan, when Waddell came into Atlanta, it was actually envisioned as the best set up possible. He was going to be a subsidiary of Turner Sports (whose deep pockets never really showed up), be in a brand new stadium in a town that already has the other 3 major sports leagues, a couple of major college teams and always competes for the Super Bowl to the Final Four and just had the Olympics.

R. Stroz

August 10th, 2009
10:49 am

Too bad John Hughes never did a movie about the Spirit Group titled Spoiled Rotten Brats.


August 10th, 2009
11:17 am

He did, it is called South Park

The Earl of Bud

August 10th, 2009
11:23 am

Of all papers, it was the Los Angeles Times that actually picked up this nugget:

This goat is not alone

Marian Hossa has been the butt of jokes after leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Detroit Red Wings, figuring that would improve his chances of winning the Stanley Cup, only to watch his former Pittsburgh teammates skate away with the cup at this year’s finals.

His native Slovakia poked some fun at him recently, presenting him with a goat named Stanley at the Golden Puck Awards. As the Slovak word for male goat is “cap,” Hossa now has his elusive Stanley cap.,0,3288118.story

R. Stroz

August 10th, 2009
11:27 am

What did the goat do wrong to deserve that?