Sharks and Bruins look to cue fat lady

Dust off the stage and prepare the orchestra…the fat lady is on standby once again. This time, it’s the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers that find themselves in the front row of the opera house preparing for the performance that would signal their playoff demise.

With Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over Philly, the Boston Bruins are now but a win away from their first conference finals appearance since 1992…taking a commanding 3 games to none lead in their series with the Flyers. The Bruins won despite losing centerman Dave Krejci and defenseman Adam McQuaid.

Krejci left the ice after a crushing open-ice check delivered by Flyers captain Mike Richards with just under six minutes elapsed in the game. The play led to Miro Satan’s goal that broke a 1-1 tie…his fifth tally of the playoffs.

Regardless, that’s a tough way to earn a secondary assists.

Entering this spring’s hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup, Boston had the lowest offensive production in the regular season…scoring but 2.39 goals per game on the average in 82 games. In the 83rd through 91st games, however, they have a 3.11 netted G/G…seventh best of the sixteen playoff qualifiers.

Game four will be in Philly Friday night.

But by that time, we may already know who the first participant of the Western Conference Finals is. Yes, Detroit could be the scene for the fat lady’s first performance of the second round…hmmm, I wonder how well she does performing Motown hits?

The Sharks have forced the Big Red Borg to win four straight as they have built a 3 –0 lead in that series with three 4-3 wins.

Of course, I’m pretty sure the big gal would prefer it if the Wings at least took one game in the series, winning game four and forcing a return to San Jose. I mean…having to perform in Detroit or having to go to the San Francisco Bay area of northern California?…Detroit or San Jose?…Detroit or San Jose?

Yeah…you get the picture.

The Wings have only themselves to blame after blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in game three and losing in overtime on a perfectly executed break away by Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton.

The San Jose Sharks find themselves up 3 games to none thanks in part to Patrick Marleau's overtime winner Tuesday night (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The San Jose Sharks find themselves up 3 games to none thanks in part to Patrick Marleau's overtime winner Tuesday night (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Evgeni Nabokov is now 7-2 in the playoffs, despite giving up three goals in each of the three games against Detroit on 89 shots, (.899 SV%). And Joe Pavelski continues to help power the Shark attack…scoring 4 goals and 3 assists against the Red Wings in three games.

Also tonight, Montreal will look to even their series with Pittsburgh as those two square off in game four. Habs netminder Jaroslav Halak has allowed only one goal in 5 of the last games played, and has a playoff-best .933 SV% going into tonight’s action. But still the Canadiens find themselves down 2 games to 1 to the defending Stanley Cup Champs.

Last night, Chicago took a 2-1 lead over the Canucks with a 5-2 win in Vancouver thanks to Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien’s hat trick. They were his first three goals of the playoffs this spring.

“He was in the middle of everything”, Marian Hossa said of his teammate. “He’s dominating in the corners, in the physical department and I think he was frustrating their team”.

Hossa scored his second of the playoffs in the third period to give the Hawks a 4-2 cushion.

Lastly…the Chicago Wolves and Texas Stars are knotted up two games apiece after they split games three and four in the Lone Star state.

Tuesday evening Chicago won 5-3 behind Spencer Machacek’s 2 goals, one assist showing. Nathan Oystrick added a pair of power play goals for the Wolves while Brett Sterling scored his first goal of the playoffs. Peter Mannino stopped 27 of the 30 shots taken by the Stars for the win.

Last night, Texas evened the series with a 3-2 win. Sterling scored twice in this match and Mannino stopped 20 of 23 shots faced.

Game five will be played Friday night in Austin.

104 comments Add your comment

kracker

May 7th, 2010
10:40 am

glovesave29

May 7th, 2010
10:48 am

While details are sketchy, it seems the Reinsdorf offer to buy the Coyotes is dead. The city is negotiating with the the group they previously rejected, Ice Edge. While they are promising to stay in PHX for the complete 24 years as specified on the arena lease, many are doubting their ability to raise the $150M needed. Rumors are that the NHL and Winnipeg billionaire David Thompson already have a contingnecy deal in place to move the team. Deadline in June 30. The AHL Moose would then move to Thunder Bay, ON.

If Balsillie would have been patient and played by the rules, Hamilton might be preparing to get an NHL team. But I am glad if it goes back to Winnipeg – bring back the Jets name.

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
10:57 am

Updated Mock Drafts from NHL.com… I think Morreale’s is the most accurate… Kimelman is clueless. Jack Campbell at #8? You’re crazy.

Morreale
http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=62315

Holland
http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=62316

Kimelman
http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=62311

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
10:58 am

I still think we’re more likely to take Neidereiter, Burmistrov or Johansen based on Morreale’s Mock II.

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
11:01 am

Bring home the Jets!! Love it, why the hell not? Eventually the NHL will have to contract. And so will the NBA. The long-term economy will not support 60+ pro hockey and pro b’ball teams. It just won’t. The economy is too unpredictable and tied to crazy world events now that we have this wonderful global economy. Hell, I saw empty seats (bunches in the lower level) at the Joe during game 3! What does that tell you?

Alan – the Wings obviously played great. Did not watch the game cuz I was watching golf and baseball and, gulp, Survivor! I know, I just lost my “true hockey fan” card, but a 3-love series does not excite me. Although I completely forgot about Pens v. Habs till someone reminded me via text. Anyway, even the Hawks will win one from the Magic. That’s all I have to say about that.

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
11:06 am

GVH – I’m being lazy. Who are you responding to? I don’t recall any draft talk in this blog yet. But I am fine with all of your potential candidates for the Thrashers at # 8. Burmistrov is the ONLY Russian JR I would want to take a chance on and that’s if Nino and Ryan are already gone before we pick. I seriously don’t know why any mock draft has us taking Tarasenko. Dudley was enraptured with Russian players at the turn of the century like everyone else. Now, the depth of talent in North America is too great to pass up IMHO. Duds learned from his mistakes during his time in Chicago apparently. How many Russians do they have? Uhhh, none.

kracker

May 7th, 2010
11:12 am

Smoothie, the draft talk is a carry-over from Rh’s previous blog.

Thanx for the links, Hokie. I’ll look at them during lunch, maybe.

Alan R.

May 7th, 2010
11:22 am

Thanks for indulging me, guys. I feel better now. :D

rob

May 7th, 2010
11:29 am

Survivor!?!? Rawhide will need his card back after that comment I suspect HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
11:39 am

Hey rob, I was looking for something a bit different! ;-)

Guess I was more in the mood for skimpy bikinis on beaches than watching some hockey. But that changes tonite…can’t wait for Game 4 of the Hawks v Nucks series.

GVH – Morreale’s mock seems reasonable but why does he think we’d take Etem over Neidereiter? Then again, we’d probably take Johansen before either of them since we need depth at C. His Martindale selection for our 2nd 1st rounder is intriguing but isn’t his order off by 1? Don’t we pick at worst 24th?

Red Light

May 7th, 2010
11:43 am

We need depth at center? No, we need centers period!

glovesave29

May 7th, 2010
11:55 am

Hey Smoothie – I worked for years in Brasil…need photos from Copacabana or Ipanema beaches?

Thrashers27

May 7th, 2010
11:56 am

Center? Really? All of these players are capable of playing center, so I think, at the very least you could say we have “centers”.

Antropov
Little
Slater
Reasoner
Thorburn
Esposito
Cormier

Maybe not the greatest compilation of all time, but we definitely have guys on the roster who fill out that position. I’d say we need wingers more than centers.

World Be Free

May 7th, 2010
11:59 am

Alan R-have the deepest respect fopr the Wings, vnver said anything bad about them, though I am not a fan. Somebody kicked The Mule. You wonder how well the Sharks slept on the flight home, knowing their history of failing in the playoffs. Saturday night’s game 5 is a potential franchise-changing event for the Sharks.

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
12:05 pm

GS29 – thanks but if I get that desperate, there’s this great thing called the internet! LOL What’d you do down in Brazil for work?

Thrashers27 – uh, yeah we need C. You have to think ahead. Reasoner is at the end of his career and has 2 good years left at best I fear. Anyway, he, Slater, Thorbs and Cormier are bottom 6 at best. I’m afraid Little may only be 2nd line material and Antropov should be playing wing as he’s weak in the F/O circle. BTW, you forgot Kane, who may end up being the best C on the team given the chance, and Peverley, but both Pevs and Kane may be better at the off wing when it’s all said and done. We still don’t have a 50-60 assist playmaker.

World Be Free

May 7th, 2010
12:06 pm

You wonder if Esposito will ever make it to the NHL.

So nobody has commented one bit on my continual suggestional that we sign Gonchar on July 1. Does it mean you all agree with the contention that signing a #1 defenseman should be our priority? Silence is approval.

Don’t worry Smoothie-Ms. WBF kept making me turn over to the Hawks’ game, which was intersesting before Orlando took over.

Montreal – Pittsburgh series has been great!

World Be Free

May 7th, 2010
12:16 pm

Update-both Scott Arniel and Kevin Dineen have interviewed for the Blue Jackets’ job. Paul MacLean is next.

steve

May 7th, 2010
12:22 pm

I watched the pens/habs on the cbc feed. I swear the cbc announcers are the worse. Everytime the Habs touched the puck, you’d swear they were on a breakaway the way the game was called. Plus, why have the refs put the whistles away? Their were LOTS of calls not made last night for both teams.

Alan R.

May 7th, 2010
12:22 pm

WBF – Babcock kicked the Mule. Mr. Mule then proceeded to carry the team up hill.

I’d love to see more of that this spring from him. Here’s to hoping the Wings actually make a series out of this.

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
12:25 pm

WBF – I’m all for getting Gonchar, but not sure I want him over Kubina. Take away the extra games Pavel had to play at the Olympics and I think he’s a better defensive stopper than Gonchar. I agree we need more production from our PP QB so perhaps there’s a spot for Gonchar on our Top 2 mentoring Bogosian. But defensively, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with this picture:

Gonchar & Toby
Hainsey & Oduya
Bogey & Valabik / Kulda

For better or for worse, we need to go with Bogosian and see if he can become the player he was drafted to be. We need him to ascend like Doughty did towards the end of this past year.

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

Smoothie… sorry for the confusion. My earlier reply was to the mock itself. Based on Morreale’s picks, I’d say we’re more likely to take Neids, Burmistrov or Johansen over Etem.

That being said, I still wouldn’t cry if we took Etem… he’s the equivalent of Evander Kane on the RW side. He’s fast, tough and plays a North and South game… and yes, he’s also black.

Would love to see Peverley or Little centering Kane and Etem.

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
12:38 pm

Looking at the IIHF website, it appears as though Pavelec has been playihng well in the exhibition games for the Czechs. He’s allowed only 3 goals in 2 wins over SWE and RUS…not bad at all. He even won the SO against Sweden. And the strangest thing I saw was Afinogenov getting a 10 min misconduct penalty for roughing / instigating. Max the goon!

rob

May 7th, 2010
12:51 pm

I don’t think Gonchar is our solution. I like Kubina, but I wonder if he has lost a step, he just appeared slow to me this year, and I wonder what kind of deal he is looking for. We talked a little before about Volchenkov(?) from Ott., He blocked a lot of shots during that series and played good ice time I thought, and I believe he is also younger than Kubina, so how about a look at him???

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
1:16 pm

This will give you a little taste of what Emerson Etem is like… the #6 goal is pretty sweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L27NIB5RdQo

This will show you his wheels and hustle…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZU9cbz1NeI

Red Light

May 7th, 2010
1:37 pm

Personally, while I respect Kubina, Gonchar and Volchenkov, I can’t help but to think you can’t win anything meaningful with too many European defensemen. We have Hainsey and Bogo as our token North Americans, but during the past 20 seasons, only Detroit and Colorado have regularly used more than two European defensemen during the playoffs and won the Stanley Cup.

Pittsburgh Gonchar
Detroit Lilja, Kronwall and Lidstrom
Anaheim None
Carolina Wallin and Kaberle
Tampa Bay Kubina
Detroit Fischer, Olausson, Lidstrom (Federov at times)
Colorado Skoula
New Jersey Malakhov
Dallas Zubov
Detroit Fetisov, Eriksson and Lidstrom
Detroit Konstantinov, Fetisov, Eriksson and Lidstrom
Colorado Krupp, Ozolinsh, Gusarov
New Jersey None
New York Karpotsev and Zubov
Montreal None
Pittsburgh Kjell and Ulf Samuelsson
Pittsburgh Ulf Samuelsson
Edmonton Ruotsalainen

For that reason, I say no to Gonchar unless you subtract others!

World Be Free

May 7th, 2010
1:42 pm

Thanks for your thoughts on Gonchar-
I think he would be a difference maker here, especially on the power play. I like Kubina, but I think we are overvaluing him compared to Gonchar.

Thrashers27

May 7th, 2010
2:02 pm

Smoothie,

I did neglect to include Kane in that list, but only because I get the feeling he had been relegated to the wing. In hindsight I guess you gotta consider that that could change with a new coaching staff. I’m not arguing the quality of our centers, only pointing out that it seems we have more there, than we do on the wings. The ranks of the wings seem weaker without a 40+ goal scorer in the midst. We’ve always had either Kovy, Heater, Hossa and even Kozzie to a lesser extent. Now we have none of those guys. Just makes me feel like there’s more of a need on the wing, rather then the pivot.

Alan R.

May 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

Thrashers27 – I might be alone in this, but if the coach we get actually tells our guys to SHOOT THE FREAKIN PUCK… then perhaps we’ll have more goals. In short, I’m not convinced we have that big of a need on the wing. Or at center, for that matter.

Having said that, however, I do expect us to pick up some “salary cap castoffs” this offseason.

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
2:25 pm

Thrashers27 – I hear ya! Just feel like we have been mis-allocating some of our resources and it remains to be seen how many of our centers will be playing the pivot next season. If we were to pick up a player the caliber of Plekanec or even Koivu, then all of a sudden you have a # 1 C and Antropov definitely moves back to the wing. If the next coach comes in and views Little’s 2-way game as being too valuable to waste playing wing, then perhaps he slides into our # 2 line pivot slot and Pevs goes to the top line or LW on the 2nd line. Or Little could end up being the RW replacement for Colby if he departs.

There are so many variables and possibilities. But when it comes to the draft, I feel like you have to go with the play-making C over the fast, hard-nosed gritty wing type such as Etem or Nino. However, Antropov and Peverley could prove me wrong and having a young stable of wings like Klingberg, Morin, Kane of course and then either a Gormley or Etem could really set us up for a bright future in 2011-2013.

Red Light

May 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

Amazing. What centers on the current roster are top-two line centers? None. Smoothie makes an excellent observation, you have to have a top line playmaker, then you can worry about the other three. Little simply doesn’t have hockey sense and I can’t see him playing the pivot at this level. Antro was forced into playing center and is more valuable in the slot and inside the circles. Kane isn’t a playmaker either, he’s a North-South sprinter and his speed is best used on the wing. Pevs, Slater and Marty can handle 3rd and 4th, but Thorburn can’t and Esposito won’t be here anytime soon, if ever, in my opinion. That still leaves a gaping hole on the second line, if not the first, unless you use Antro again. Is Cormier a top-6 center? That’s a lot to ask of a guy who plays a rough-and-tumble style.

Red Light

May 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

That’s not to say that Little and Kane can’t play center, but in order for you to get the most out of your team, players have to be put into positions where they can succeed night in, and night out. I think the wing is best for them.

Agreed?

Tony C.

May 7th, 2010
2:57 pm

Wow. Just got done reading part 2 of the Dudley Q&A on the Thrashers-I’ve upgraded my view of next season from “pessimistically hopeful” to “very cautiously optimistic”. I like the viewpoint espoused Why take a 30-yr old NHLer, when we already have the same guy/player in the minors?

Dudley’s points about Colorado’s success with playing their kids shows that with proper support it can be done, and done successfully. I also LOVE that flat-out “there will be a goalie coach”. Don’t like the idea of a commuter, but eh. I would posit that our biggest need, providing we re-sign our UFAs/RFAs is a playmaking center. we’ve got guys that’s shown they can light the lamp, but outside of Peverly and Antropov, I haven’t seen any of our other forwards really >em>create chances for their linemates-this is a HUGE need IMHO.

Lee

May 7th, 2010
3:00 pm

Whoot Woot!!!!!! GO ‘HAWKS!!!!!!!

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

Red Light – I think the jury is still out on Little. He hasn’t really been given a legit shot at playing the pivot for any length of time. He’s one of our top 3 most responsible defensive players along with Antropov and Reasoner (Kane and Peverley are debatable but prolly only top 5 at this point).

When he played with Kovy, he was forced to play wing and it hurt his play-making because Kovy controlled the puck and put an extra burden on White & Lits to race back on D when Kovy lost the puck. When playing with White and Kozlov, his scoring actually improved because that line was clicking on the PP. But you can’t really say he’s been given an extended look at C which was his natural position.

In my estimation, he is a very underrated passer although he may not be good enough at controlling the puck to be a true set-up man. For now, I think he could be a # 2 barring a big pick-up in FA. No matter what, I’d even like to see him play C on the 3rd line between Slater and hopefully Armstrong to see what he can do in a 2-way role in which there won’t be as much pressure to produce offensively.

kracker

May 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

Kane is normally a LW, right? So w/ Kovalchuk & Kozlov gone, Kane fills one of those spots. I don’t see any LW on these mock drafts in the top 20 or so. Dudley is talking like he wants to draft an immediate NHLer so it’s a RW or C if these mocks are at all accurate. Duds isn’t likely to get a roster player with the NJ pick unless he trades it. Which he just might do. Dudley also mentioned moving down with the first pick, too…as well as taking the best player available with our top picks and drafting more by positional needs in the later rounds.

So many possibilities, I love this time of the year. I’d love it better if the Thrashers were still playing, of course, but having 2 first rounders is pretty exciting. Especially with having a widely respected talent judge making the personnel decisions.

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

Dudley has already said that you take the “best player available” at the #8 pick, then you draft for need with the rest of the picks.

I wouldn’t put too much weight on having a top Center with the 8th pick… who is the best player available?

Joe Friday

May 7th, 2010
3:22 pm

Lloyd, I’ve always like Gonchar’s game. I noticed you called him a defensive dman, I always have seen him as an offensive dman myself. I’d take him in a heartbeat, but only for a 2 yr contract.

I’d like to see Little play some center for us on the 2nd line

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
3:22 pm

You also have to consider personality… here’s three examples. If you sat down and interviewed these guys, all things equal. Who would you draft?

Emerson Etem… you’ll have to scroll through the profiles.

http://tigershockey.com/multimedia/mc.php?cat=profiles

Kirill Kabanov

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPkHuTOv5g8

Nino Neidereiter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiHQyWxFcCI

kracker

May 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Connolly at RW or Johansen at C…which is more NHL ready?

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
3:37 pm

More interviews are now up at NHL.com for the draft prospects…

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=635

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
3:40 pm

Ryan Johansen 6′2″ 195 lbs, “I see myself as a Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf type player”

… Sold!

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
3:48 pm

Hokie, none of the wings are overwhelming in their production. Connolly might have been but injuries prevented him from having his break-out season. When there are so many players between 55 and 75 points, don’t you take the C by default as they are generally the “best player” on their respective teams? Especially if they are capable of dishing the puck…I’d say we need that going forward more than anything if Bergfors, Kane, Klingy, Morin and Little are our wings of the future.

GaVaHokie

May 7th, 2010
4:32 pm

Smoothie… i’m leaning towards best of both worlds for us. I see Ryan Johansen as both “best player available” and a “need at Center”.

I still think that Kane and Etem together would be awesome to watch, though. What I’ve seen of Etem so far, I feel like I’m watching Evander Kane footage.

Smoothie

May 7th, 2010
5:16 pm

Works for me Hokie!

Just not sure I’m inclined to put Etem ahead of Nino if RJ is gone by #8. At least we have some options it would appear as this is supposedly such a deep draft.

Brendan

May 7th, 2010
6:34 pm

Red Light, your 9:15 AM post this morning was very intriguing, indeed. It probably has the Waddellites’ undies in a bundle, however. They’d counter-argue, “But you can’t keep Brunette at what it would have cost for him all these years, and Staios, and whomever, as is their usual arguments over finance. I always forget Brett Clarke was here. I’m not sure how we got him, or the manner in which he departed. My guess is via waiver claim, both times. I’m sure someone knows the answer.

My favorite goalie of all-time for the Thrashers is Moose, followed by Pasi, “the frantic Finn.” But I’d have to tip my hat to Kari Lehtonen as the most skilled to play here. If only he could have been healthy, and avoided mental meltdowns. Oh well.

My favorite D-man to play here might well have been Brian Pothier. But he didn’t stay long. I also liked Steve McCarthy paired with Exelby. But the Best D-man to ever play here? Well, I’ll give the nod to Kubina, with an honorable mention to Nic Havelid. Zhitnik, in 2007, actually played well. I said, in “2007.” Before he got demoralized and realized he was trapped in an organization committed to spending the league minimum in 2008 and 2009, while retaining a failing GM, without a playoff berth. Moving right along …

My favorite forward to ever play here was Ilya Kovalchuk, beyond a shadow of a doubt. I enjoyed Ilya while he was here. However, the best forward to ever play here was Marian Hossa. Hossa was the most “complete” player we ever had. One of my new “favorites” is Rich Peverley. If the Bryan Little who scored 31 goals in 2009 reemerges, he’ll be on my list. I also like Evander Kane quit a bit. I can’t wait to watch him develop.

Brendan

May 7th, 2010
6:37 pm

Alan R., I still think the Red Wings could pull this thing out. Indulge me, here, a moment. The Red Wings led Game Two, 3-2, going into the 3rd period. It’s very un-Red Wing-like of them to lose that game. Even more “un-Red Wing like” was their collapse with a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period in Game Three. Had the Red Wings held on for those wins, they’d be up, 3-1, right now, instead of trailing, 3-1, right now. But what do I always say? “In the playoffs, it’s win or go home, making excuses for not winning.” No pity points in the playoffs.

Brendan

May 7th, 2010
6:41 pm

Glovesave29, thank you for those kinds words, sir. I like to at least “think” I contribute something here. And when I do have disagreements with other posters, I make a real effort to be civil about things. Where somebody attacks me, and I don’t expect intelligent debate to follow, I just put them on “ignore” status. To engage an idiot and a flawed premise is to drag both (and all) parties down in the process. Ever watch two grown men argue over who can swim faster, AquaMan or Superman? Pfft. And yet, it happens. And each side is “sure they’re right.” And proceed to defend their case. D’oh.

Alan R.

May 7th, 2010
8:09 pm

Indeed, the Wings could pull it out. However, given the likelihood of pulling out a series win after being down 3-0, I’m not holding my breath.

Still. One shift. One period. One game… at a time.

LGRW

kracker

May 7th, 2010
9:08 pm

hey Bill…I’m thinking the Fat Lady must not get dates to very many sporting events. Ya know, you’re in the stands, the Thrashers are down a goal or two and your diva date begins warming up for a full-throated song just as Moose gets pulled! That could make for a very uncomfortable ride home!

But since we usually see her only in the post-season, Thrashers’ fans haven’t had this problem for several years!

Rawhide

May 7th, 2010
9:23 pm

kracker – LOL…I guess you’ve got a point there. And yeah…we in Thrasherville normally hear her bellow out her curtain-closing song prior to game number 82.

Everyone – It’s interesting that you’ve been discussing the Thrashers 8th pick these past couple of days…I’m putting the finishing touches on a new post for us to discuss the options Dudley has with that selection. Look for it to go live later tonight.

Oh yeah…and by the way…100th!!!