Canucks, Flyers and Habs refuse to bow out quietly

Over the course of the last couple of days, three teams have faced elimination from the playoffs. But all three of them…Montreal, Philadelphia and Vancouver … refused to join the recently dispatched Detroit Red Wings on the list of “Also Rans” in this spring’s hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Here is a quick rundown of where those series stand…

Penguins Can’t Shake Habs

Matt Cooke and the Penuins could not trip up the Habs Monday night (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Matt Cooke and the Penuins could not trip up the Habs Monday night (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

The defending champ Pittsburgh Penguins have yet to shake the pesky Montreal Canadiens…holding series leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. Monday night the Habs forced a deciding seventh game, just as they did against Washington in the first round, by defeating the Pens 4-3 behind Michael Cammalleri’s two goals. They were his 10th and 11th so far of the playoffs, a total that leads the playoff field.

Jaroslav Spacek returned to the Canadiens’ lineup for the first time since game-three of the Habs/Caps series and scored the goal that put Montreal ahead 3-2 in the second period. He had missed nine games due to a virus that goes by the title of “undisclosed”.

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 34 of the Penguins’ 37 shots for the win.

Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of series, tying the game at 1-1 in the first period.

If the Canadiens are able to pull off their second upset of this post-season with a game-seven win Wednesday night, it will be the last game played at Mellon Arena. Oddly enough, the Penguins NHL debute ended in a 2-1 loss to Montreal there on October 11, 1967.

Flyers Refuse To Be Kicked To The Curb

Scott Hartnell's first period goal was all the Flyers would need Monday night. They added three more anyway for good measure .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Scott Hartnell's first period goal was all the Flyers would need Monday night. They added three more anyway for good measure .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In Beantown…for the second straight game, and despite their injury situation, the Flyers denied the Boston Bruins their fourth win of their second-round matchup by blanking them 4-0. This was a tag-team shutout effort in the Flyer’s goal as Brian Boucher was forced to leave the game at the 4:35 mark of the second period, suffering a knee injuring in a crease pile-up.

Michael Leighton…who was just cleared to play since his March 16 injury…relieved Boucher for his first career playoff appearance. He stopped 14 shots he faced after Boucher had kicked out 9 prior to having to be helped off the ice.

Leighton had gone 16-5-2 with a 2.48 GAA and .918 SV% for Philadelphia since being traded to the Flyers from Carolina in December.

Simone Gagne dropped in a pair of goals for Philly.

Like the Montreal/Pittsburgh series, these two resume play on Wednesday night as the Flyers will look to force their series to a seventh game with a win in Philly.

Chicago Can’t Can Canucks

Canucks' Christian Ehrhoff scored Sunday to help bring the series with Chicago back to Vancouver .(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Canucks' Christian Ehrhoff scored Sunday to help bring the series with Chicago back to Vancouver .(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Sunday night it was the Vancouver Canucks who postponed the traditional handshakes by controlling game five from the get-go and defeating the Blackhawks 4-1. Roberto Luongo turned aside 29 of the 30 shots he faced to help bring the series back to the Pacific Northwest once more where they will look to force a game-seven Tuesday night.

Chicago’s Jonathan Toews’ 19 overall points is tied with Crosby. Both have 6 goals and 13 assists, though the Blackhawks have played one fewer games than have the Penguins.

Canuck’s defenseman Sami Salo missed the second and third period of Sunday night’s game in Chicago…he was helped off the ice after blocking a shot in the dying seconds of the first.

Salo was taken to the hospital where it was feared he’d suffered a ruptured testicle. However…and thankfully… there have been reports since stating he did not sustain that type of injury.

Meanwhile…the Sharks continue to rest up after their feeding frenzy on Octopi.

Wolves Still Seeing Stars

And speaking of game-sevens…the Chicago Wolves find themselves in exactly that situation after they shutdown the Texas Stars 2-0 in game six of their AHL Western Conference series. Drew MacIntyre saved 28 shot for the shoutout while Anthony Stewart and Joey Crabb score the Wolves’ goals. For Stewart, it was goal number nine during this playoff season…for Crabb it was his sixth.

“That was playoff goaltending”, coach Don Lever said of D-Mac. “You’ve got to give MacIntyre a lot of credit”.

“We were fighting for our lives and playing desperate, but we did a nice job of protecting the lead…it’s an even field now”.

The two teams will decide who moves on and who moves out Tuesday night in Chicago.

83 comments Add your comment

Somaatl95

May 10th, 2010
11:44 pm

Fun games to watch lately!

Wayne stuck in AL

May 11th, 2010
12:13 am

According to Yahoo! Sports, it looks like the Coyotes will be moving back to Winnepeg.

Whew!

It coulda been us.

Brendan

May 11th, 2010
12:23 am

We, that is, the Atlanta Thrashers, were never moving to Winnipeg, or any place else. All our hockey club has ever needed is ownership that cares enough about it to have “accountability.”

Maybe the opera singer just likes cheesesteaks?

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
1:42 am

I’m not sensing things are so cut and dry as Phoenix moving back up to the frosty north quite yet. Although, admittedly, my initial reaction was “so Winnipeg wins after all.” Looking deeper, though: Ice Edge asked for exclusivity. They didn’t get it, so they’re out. Reinsdorf is still there, though, as well as the group in Winnipeg. Guess who the NHL goes to at this point?

Well. We’ll see. My money is on Reinsdorf.

World Be Free

May 11th, 2010
7:41 am

Winnipeg was 2nd last in NHL attendance during the ‘95 season. So why move a team that cannot draw people or sustain the $$$ to keep an NHL franchise?

Cliff Fletcher

May 11th, 2010
7:45 am

Interesting blog subject–Montreal, Pittsburgh and Vancouver REFUSE to quit! They will fight to the end instead of just giving up, collecting a paycheck and going home.

Went to the Hawks’ game last night, watched the Hawks quit, collect a paycheck, diss the fans and then go home. Why does anyone watch the NBA?

World Be Free

May 11th, 2010
7:51 am

Dwayne

May 11th, 2010
8:32 am

Cliff, Why does anyone watch the NBA? Cue Sage of Hawksland…….
Because our Thrashers did not make the playoffs again?
I am tired of their thuggery buggery also. Woody is a worse Coach than JA was.

World Be Free

May 11th, 2010
8:41 am

Hooky-Hockey Night in Canada WAS the best back in the 60’s and 70’s, before they made their announcers into “homers”. Take Foster Hewitt and Danny Gallivan-they let the game speak for itself. Chris Cuthbert, former of HNIC now TSN is currently the best play by play man in Canada. He is unbiased and very good at his craft.

Red Light-we know Dudley is an excellent hockey man, he has both positive and negative history to support this statement. I think he will do just fine, if given the opportunity to build the team his way.

Hokey-coach’s temperaments, kinda like good cop, bad cop? Most good teams have had such arrangements over the years. Mike Keenan has traditionally hired guys that could smooth over players after Keenan roughed them up.

Sage-we certainly have enough history on this team to warrant being both cynical and pessimistic about the future. The track record of this team supports cynicism; nobody can argue with you there. But, we are hoping that the hiring of Dudley with his proven track record will be an improvement over what we’ve had the first 10 seasons. We don’t know if he has the power to make changes or if he needs sign off from your buddy. We are hoping…….. and that’s all we can do right now.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 11th, 2010
8:44 am

Sat down last night to watch the Pens/Habs game because the game I WANTED to see was scheduled for the exact same time and the masterminds at Versus decided for me that I couldn’t. Or maybe I’m upset with the NHL for scheduling the two games at once during the semifinals of a playoff when they could just as easily moved one up a day. Complaint #1!

Complaint #2! 5 minutes into the game last night I realized: I don’t really care. They could both win or they could both lose–either way. Maybe I was just still bummed about Complaint #1.

glovesave29

May 11th, 2010
8:45 am

Ugh, I have been a part of negotiations like this IEH vs. Glendale before. Both sides, digging in furiously as each thinks they hold all of the cards…these never work out. Negotiations are SUPPOSED to work to the advantage of both parties. I cannot see this happening here. It’s gonna get real ugly. The only saving grace is the the team is owned by a third party – the NHL who can look in from the sidelines as this all plays out. This is going to be a pi**ing contest between the two parties in AZ, the NHL will tire of it and high tail it back to Winnipeg. May not be the best move in the long run, but foresight has never really been on of Bettman’s greater attributes. One thing is for certain…the NHL is just seething that this whole issue came about because Balsille tried to subvert NHL policies by talking former owner Moyes into filing bankruptcy whereby he could by the team on the cheap and moving to Hamilton. He will never ever ever get a team, and he’s damaged the ability of Hamilton to ever get a team in the future.

I can see game one back in Winnipeg now – Hull, Tkachuk, Khabibulin, Selanne, Hedberg, Nilsson and the fans filling the MTS Centre all wearing white (all these teams that do the “white-out” now are all just copying something Winnipegers did 20 something years ago). I wish them luck…times in the NHL are different then in 1996 when the team moved. I hope they can get corporate support to offset the skyrocketing costs of an NHL team. Gut says no, but I hope I am wrong. The NHL is better with the Jets and Winnipeg back in it.

Rawhide

May 11th, 2010
8:48 am

Cliff Fletcher - Not to turn this into a “Bash the Hawks” blog or anything, but since you bring it up…

Did you see what Joe Johnson said about the fans the other day? When asked what he thought about then booing the Hawks’ effort, he said, “We could care less if they showed up or not“.

Notice he didn’t say “I” could care less…he used the word “we”. I wonder what his teammates felt after he included them in on that unfortunate remark.

Has anyone ever heard a hockey player say that about their fans? I wonder who the fans would greet any player that would say such a thing next time they paid good, hard-earned money to come out and support that player’s team.

WFB – Good article indeed about Kulda…thanks. I hope to see that kid get a decent shot at playing in Atlanta this fall.

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
8:57 am

WBF – First, consider that the Jets were moving regardless of what anyone there said and did. Who would want to throw money at a product that won’t be there next year? Second, consider that a market can change over a period of time. A knock against the Peg was a lack of corporate sponsorship. However, look at the majority of Canada’s arenas. Most ads are the same. WM. Tim Hortons. Coke. National and international companies. Winnipeg won’t have an issue with sponsorship.

The NHL can work there now.

Red Light

May 11th, 2010
9:00 am

I have been quiet about one of my new favorite players because he’s a bit of an agitator and I don’t see him backing it up by dropping the gloves much, but Maxim LaPierre has been great during this series. Not so much because he scored a beauty of a goal last night, but because of the other things he does on the ice, like getting the puck out of his own zone, forecheck incessantly and irritate his opponents. Spacek had a solid night on his return, and PK Subban has been an absolute revelation for the Habs since he has been called up. Puck mover, stick handler, works the boards very well and doesn’t back down to Sidney and Geno. Oh yeah, and he gets pucks on goal.

You think Philly is glad to have Simon Gagne back in the lineup? Three goals in two games and I think we’re clearly going to see a Game 7 in this series too, now that the Flyers have won the last two. The Bruins look like a shadow of the team we saw in Game 3 because the first two games could have gone either way.

Thinking Chicago learned a valuable lesson at home but not sure they can sweep all three in Vancouver but hoping they do.

Remember that Winnipeg’s old arena only held 15,565 fans and they averaged about the same number the Thrashers did last year, 13,607. But, I can’t imagine relocating back to the same city it left 15 years ago with a metro area population of just 739,300. The greater metro area of KC is about 2 million, while Vegas is about 1.85 million.

If there was ever a time to begin thinking about contraction, this would be it.

Cliff Fletcher

May 11th, 2010
9:12 am

I like to point out the differences in commitment between NBA and NHL players. If a player said what Joe Johnson said about the fans, I am sure the captain of the team would be pulling that player aside ASAP. Not a smart thing to say for a guy that is about to become a UFA.

Professional hockey players have more commuitment that NBA players, so my bash is not just on the Hawks. Example-Jordan Staal PLAYING just days after foot surgery.

World Be Free

May 11th, 2010
9:16 am

Alan R-Winnipeg, I guess we might find out. The primary reason people are pushing Winnipeg is because it is a Canadian city. We heard so much about Hamilton last year, nothing today. The Quebec City fad has come and gone too. And how about Regina, SK?

KC, Vegas or Seattle are better options for an NHL team.

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
9:32 am

Actually, I think the primary reason people are “pushing” Winnipeg is because it’s the old home of the Jets. Not because it’s a Canadian city.

I honestly wouldn’t want the Coyotes to move at all, but if they have to, I’d like to see them return from whence they came. I believe Winnipeg is a viable market.

The problem with the Coyotes is rather simple. Glendale. Who in their right mind puts the arena out of the way like that? There are very few markets where putting an arena in Suburbia will work. Phoenix obviously isn’t one of them, and this was a very costly mistake to make.

World Be Free

May 11th, 2010
9:35 am

Alan – agreed on Glendale, nothing against Winnpeg either. I guess I am just over Canadian whining.

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
9:41 am

It would seem that the ‘Yotes to Winnipeg is all but a done deal unless Reinsdorf comes back to save the day without unrealistic demands regarding the arena lease and cost-sharing by the city. The city of Glendale, per one of their leading reps, is broke and already has a huge budget deficit. I don’t see how this is going to work out and I don’t think the NHL will have any choice but to exercise its contingency option of returning to the Peg since David Thomson has the money and the MTS Centre is ready to go.

As for other options, I don’t think Vegas would work, but I could be wrong. I think KC is viable in the long run but whomever mentioned contraction I think is dead on right. At some point, all leagues will be contracting because 30-32 team leagues will not be sustainable in this “globalized”, ahem socialized, economy. Just look at the number of syndicates like our lovely Octocluster owning teams these days. Those models do not work very well and are too susceptible to the ups and down whims of a tulmultuous economy.

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
10:11 am

Don’t get me wrong. I hate the whining, pissing, and moaning some choice Canadian citizens do in regards to the “sun belt” having hockey teams. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a choice here, if Reinsdorf and Ice Edge really are out of the mix.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 11th, 2010
10:21 am

Well well well…it seems as though our star of the future Patrice Cormier has officially been charged with assault causing injury and will appear in court on July 12. He could face 18 months in jail.

An interesting side note….the boy he hit was himself suspended 2 games on March 8 for a hit from behind. I’m to assume that he made a full recovery.

glovesave29

May 11th, 2010
10:28 am

WBF – sick of the Canadian whinning too, they think that Bettman’s got it in for Canada. It’s just silly.

Winnipeg makes the most sense because yes, it is the Yotes former home…but they also have the newest and most NHL ready arena. Quebec still has Le Colisee (home of the Nords) which is a glorified airplane hanger with a nicer entrance.

I didn’t understand why Glendale approved Reinsdorf in the first place…asked for tons of gov’t money, asked the city to make up for his losses, made no promise to keep the team there, had a stipulation guaranteeing that he could sell the team back to the city at a profit regardless of results…purely one sided and showed the desperation involved to keep the team there.

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
10:45 am

Savannah, do you have a link or a source for this Cormier story?

PHX / Glendale is economically unsustainable for a number of reasons, but right now, in today’s economic climate, there are very few large cities that would be able to absorb the huge operating losses the Coyotes are incurring each year. The idea of a partnership between owners and cities is flawed because cities are not-for-profit entities.

Sure, cities may run surpluses when times are good, but there is no good solution when the owners of a team are not wealthy enough to handle their own business when operating profits evaporate. I can certainly understand bond convenants and financing arrangements for new arenas that benefit both parties, but even when times are good, cities get “greedy” and overspend the tax revenue they receive because it seems like a guaranteed stream of rising income. But alas, when too many ownership groups shouldn’t even have a team to begin with — because they don’t have the depth of capital reserves — the economic difficulties become very much exacerbated when there is a downturn in the economy. Sports leagues started out as hobbies for the filthy rich and now they are socialized, utopian-vision infused attempts at bolstering city budgets and enhancing civic pride. It don’t work.

Red Light

May 11th, 2010
10:49 am

Here is what makes no sense for the pending move: Winnipeg would be in the Pacific Division instead of the Northwest, where natural rivalries would exist with Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. So, the next logical step would be moving Colorado to the Pacific and Winnipeg to the Northwest. Interesting…

Red Light

May 11th, 2010
10:50 am

Smoothie: Your economic realities are spot on!

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
11:06 am

Red Light – It would be interesting to see how it would work out for the rest of the divisions, too. There was a stipulation at one time that would have Detroit moving East and Atlanta moving West, and it was supposed to take place after Columbus moved in.

Food for thought: Atlanta is farther to the west than Detroit and Columbus are.

Would that sort of realignment take place if the Coyotes moved to Winnipeg? Would the league bring back the old divisions and conferences?

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
11:06 am

I can’t help it. I work for the govt and I see the brutal reality that is engulfing us. Atlanta was booming and then POOF! there goes the neighborhood! Just like PHX, but PHX is worse because of the ever-widening gulf between retired or soon-to-be-retired rich folk and poor have nots who may or may not actually pay taxes (i.e. lack of legitimate citizenship). At least here in ATL we have fairly stable corporate entities with deep pockets. Although I would very much appreciate it if Delta would spend less money on sports marketing and more on running their business better so you don’t get nickel and dimed to death to fly somewhere. Why baggage fees just aren’t included in the price of the damn flight makes no sense? Stop taking your customers for granted and re-invest in better infrastructure to help your flights leave and land on time, lose less luggage in the process, and you’ll have more customers relying on your quality service rather than looking to Air Tran to get you to your destination cheaper.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 11th, 2010
11:14 am

Smoothie—I read it on the CBC website.

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
11:18 am

Here’s a link to the story of Cormier being charged with assault.

GaVaHokie

May 11th, 2010
11:33 am

Dallas Stars extending Lehtonen for 3 years $3.5 million per year.

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nhl/news/story?id=5180100

…idiots.

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
11:40 am

GVH – they may not qualify as idiots just yet…just tightwads who don’t want to pay a top-flight goalie $5-6 M per season anymore. But then again, who can blame them? I think they’re high on Climie as an understudy for Lehts though. And Krahn seems capable of providing relief for when Kari blows his groin again.

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
11:41 am

Pretty sure Lehtonen is a lot better than you’re giving him credit for. I’ve long maintained that all Lehtonen needed was a goalie coach worth a damn, and he’d take off from there. We’re about to find out if that will hold true.

glovesave29

May 11th, 2010
11:51 am

Smoothie, you wonder about the future of professional sports. They’ve been sucking on the nipple of corporate and governmental entities for years now. I hate re-hashing the “good old days”, but I hear stories from my grandparents of working side-by-side with MLB players in STL during the off season. They are shutting down schools, public services, roads are in bad shape…I understand the tax ramifications of having a sports team in the city and what that does to the coffers, but sooner or later that well is going to run dry. Corporations are figuring out naming rights to stadiums does little in return. That eventually is going to be lessened, too. To me, gov’t should stay out of this altogether, they already do enough things badly. This is not their place.

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
11:54 am

Don’t know how I feel about Cormier. Not sure if I want this kid on our team, but hopwefully the extended vacation from competition may have been punishment enough and he has learned from it.

However, if he’s convicted then will the judgment create a dangerous precedent for all vicious elbows and blindside hits to be tried in court? I think the NHL needs to take their new policy on blindside hits a step further to police themselves so the courts don’t get involved.

After a first offense and an automatic suspension of say, 10 games, then the second offense should carry a penalty of 20 games, so on and so forth. By the fourth offense, depending on the severity of the injuries sustained, permanent expulsion from the league should be on the table as a punishment.

Alan R.

May 11th, 2010
12:01 pm

However, if he’s convicted then will the judgment create a dangerous precedent for all vicious elbows and blindside hits to be tried in court?

Nope. Then again, I really don’t subscribe too often to the “slippery slope” line of thinking. :P

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
12:02 pm

glovesave – indeed times are a changin’ and not so much for the better when it comes to many things. However, I think sports as a business needs to change soon for the sake of their long-term survival and/or viability…especially in cities like DET and PHX with changing economic and socio-political landscapes. Even a town like ATL is in danger as many negative factors contribute to a lack of consistent interest in pro sports. The market for entertainment in this town may be oversaturated. And the relationships with corporate entities seems tenuous at best as even the corporate sponsorship king in sports, Nascar, is facing serious issues with dwindling attendance and a watered-down product. To me, contraction in all leagues, save for the NFL, seems inevitable. The NFL owners still have the bulk of the power in that league. Pete Rozelle was a true visionary and he set up his league for the best chance at long-term success.

GaVaHokie

May 11th, 2010
12:11 pm

Granted it’s not Rick Dipietro money, but I wouldn’t commit 3 years and $10.5 million based on ‘potential’… especially when he was RFA… what’s the motivation for Kari at this point?

If it was Waddell handing him that money, fans would be going ape-shit.

World Be Free

May 11th, 2010
12:22 pm

Kari in goal would be a bigger gamble than the top 10 UFA goalies available to the Thrashers this season. Antoher dark horse-Michael Leighton, he couls be the Craig Anderson of this year’s UFA goalie class.

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
12:24 pm

Interesting quote from a blog at the PHX Business Journal:

“Ironically, Winnipeg kept the financially worn Jets an extra season after the Canadian city agreed to cover the team’s losses for season. The next year their patience ran out and the Jets moved to the desert.

History could repeat itself.”

Everything I have read thus far makes this deal seem just about impossible to pull off since the city of Glendale has such a financial crisis of its own. Perhaps Bettman will intervene and foot the bill for one more year until a suitable owner is found. But why not just let Thomson do his thing? His $19 B fortune should have no problem subsidizing any operating losses for the Yotes / Jets. Isn’t that supposed to happen in pro sports when the arena isn’t the problem?

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
12:26 pm

Hokie – I agree that a 3 year commitment at $3.5 M sounds a bit much for a RFA in Lehtonen’s position. They probably could have gotten him for $3 M for 3 years considering he didn’t have much of a leg to stand on in arbitration. I wonder why they were quick to pull the trigger on this deal: vote of confidence from the owner and hope that Lehtonen will re-commit himself to being a world-class goalie?

ChippersLoveChild

May 11th, 2010
12:30 pm

I don’t think it’s potential with Lehtonen, just health… he has already shown he can be a very good goalie, and that was behind some god awful players… Best of luck, Kari.

kracker

May 11th, 2010
12:47 pm

I feel sorry for the dedicated Yotes fans, they must be really hurting right now. Like I would be hurting if it were the Thrashers that were moving.

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
12:48 pm

Dedicated Yotes’ fans?? What? All 2,784 of them? :cool:

They’ve got year round golf…they’ll be fine. Give the poor denizens of Winnipeg some reason to leave their farms once and a while!

GaVaHokie

May 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

Smoothie… my only guess is Dallas can’t offer him less because of his RFA status (thus arbitration), and instead of dealing with a goalie with UFA status next summer (if he plays well), they locked him up for the least amount of money possible.

$3.3 million would be his salary with a standard 10% raise… so it’s not too far off.

kracker

May 11th, 2010
12:55 pm

Smoothie: “I work for the govt…” –>That explains why you have so much time research and write long posts throughout the work day. :)

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
12:59 pm

Alan – while you may not subscribe to that school of thought, there are plenty who do and will…especially in the hockey community:

“It (Cormier’s act) wasn’t a hockey play by any leap of imagination. The question is really if this was the catalytic event that causes hockey, and the general population, to realize the courts will have a place until the games cleans up its act. It bears repeating what Puck Daddy wrote in January:

” … is the intrusion of law enforcement into the relatively lawless confines of a hockey rink the only viable way to send that magnitude of message to players? Even if previous court cases regarding hockey violence, from British Columbia to Swiss Federal court, clearly didn’t deter Patrice Cormier for a millisecond from taking out Mikael Tam?

“We hope it hasn’t come to that. We regret that it may have.”

Credit: an excerpt from an article written by Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports Canada.

Smoothie

May 11th, 2010
1:04 pm

kracker – spot on my friend! Plus, I hate my job…boooring! I changed positions and I have less work now than before, but enough of that. I probably shouldn’t risk blowing my cover!

GVH – I hear what you’re saying but I’m pretty sure the CBA mandated raise for RFA’s is 5% so they could’ve gotten away with $3.15 to $3.25. If you recall, last year, Slates got a 5% raise from $800 to $840. He accepted the minimum for one year. I reckon he’ll get his 10% raise for performance on the ice and sign for 2 years at an avg of $925 K per.

glovesave29

May 11th, 2010
1:19 pm

Court dockets are already clogged due to ambulance chasing attorneys and the 15 million lawsuits stemming from Mesothelioma (at least that’s what one is led to believe based on the ubiquitous TV ads). No need to get sports involved – especially in-game incedents. If the players go into the crowd, or a fan on the field, that is OK in my book. The leauge stepped in and suspended Cormier. They policed themselves. That is sufficient.

Red Light

May 11th, 2010
1:22 pm

Here’s one for the books. After stealing the Thrashers and the Stars money for several years, Patrik Stefan, has popped up as a player agent. Stefan represents several young Czech hopefuls, including Tomas Vincour, a 6-2, 203-pound center signed by the Stars recently. He is based in California.

Spud Webb

May 11th, 2010
1:26 pm

I couldnt be more off on any of my predictions for the year in ANY sport!!! Glad I don’t gamble anymore!!! hehehe