Thrasherville gets Torched…and I’m not just talking about the weather

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot in Atlanta. How hot? Well…it’s so hot that Gov. Sonny Purdue traveled down to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution office yesterday to visit Cynthia Tucker…just for the chilly reception.

Uh-huh…it’s soooooooo hot that the one guy actually working at a DOT site was finally allowed to join the other five in the air-conditioned yellow truck.

Yes, it’s hot all right. But what better way to beat the heat than hang out with some fellow Thrashervillians inside the cool confines of the Thrashers practice rink at the Duluth Ice Forum…especially on a day where it’s something like 97 and miserable outside.

97 and miserable…that kinda describes my old Aunt Agnes.

Anywhoooo…as for the prospects I’m watching closely, I am focusing the bulk of my attention on a couple of players that could have at least an outside shot at making this fall’s roster in Atlanta… Patrice Cormier and Alexander Burmistrov.

Cormier, as you know, is the prospect obtained last February in the Kovalchuk trade with New Jersey. Dudley really likes this kid and as such he should be given every opportunity to prove himself worthy of playing at the NHL level once training camp rolls around.

The 6’-2”, 200-pound Cormier was taken by the Devils with the 54th overall draft pick in 2008. He captained Team Canada during the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he scored 2 goals, 3 assists and was a +3 in six games played. He was added to the Chicago Wolves playoff roster last spring and he played in nine games, netting no points and 8 PIM.

Of course, Cormier is still facing legal charges stemming from that blind side hit on Mikael Tam last January. However, as C-Viv reports, he’s trying to move on from the incident.

Burmistrov was selected 8th overall a couple of weeks back in this summer’s draft and currently plays for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. Last season he scored 22 goals and 43 assists in 62 games played.

The Russian forward is listed at 5’-11” and 157 pounds…so I think a little time in the weight room is in order for him between now and training camp. However, given the fact that Dudley spent an eighth overall on the kid, I’m sure he’s going to get a good look-see at traing camp.

Another prospect of note is Carl Klingberg… the second-round, 34th overall, pick by Atlanta last summer. The 6’-3”, 205-pound Swede will be 20-years of age in January and has played the past two seasons with Frölunda HC of the SEL where he’s scored 8 goals and 8 assists in 52 regular season games. While it looks like the kid has the size compete at this level, maybe he needs another year or two to season.

I’ll also toss out there the name of Ed Pasquale, the Thrashers fourth round selection last summer. Last season with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, the 19-year old goalie was 27-17-5 with a 3.17 GAA, .916 SV% and one shutout.

Do I think he’s got any chance of playing in Atlanta this season? Oh, no…not unless there’s a repeat of the disastrous events in goal that we witnessed in the fall of 2005, that is. But depth in goal is very crucial to an organization, so I always keep an eye between the pipes.

Another hot item around these parts is Thursday’s announcement that John Torchetti was hired as the Thrashers associate coach. As you’ll recall, Torch’s hiring was reported a couple weeks back when Craig Ramsay was announced as the new bench boss but took until now to finalize.

Why? Well that’s anyone’s guess. Issues regarding compensation was one story that made it around the blogosphere…another had to do with the Blackhawks not being happy about Torch leaving the team to make a lateral move.

Whatever the story is…at least he didn’t require an hour on ESPN to let the sports world know where he was going.

Torch should feel right at home in Atlanta. Not only does he have a good history with Rick Dudley, but he’ll be coaching a squad that’ll have four players that lifted the Stanley Cup with him just last month.

When first hearing of the news, the first thing that came to my mind was, “I wonder how many people would have thought this was possible just last spring…for the Thrashers to convince both Ramsay and Torchetti to come to Atlanta and coach this team”?

Actually, my very first thought was, ”It’s hot as H-E-double hockey sticks outside, where can I get myself an ice cold Coca-Cola”? But, I digress.

Honestly though, getting these two in here is nothing short of a minor coup for Rick Dudley and the Thrashers organization. Both men were atop the rumored list of men to take over behind the bench as the head coach, but having them both here as a one-two coaching punch is very good for the team, indeed. And for landing the pair, Dudley is to be commended.

Now, if he could just bring in a goalie coach. Now that would be really…well… cool.

124 comments Add your comment

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

“If she can stand it, I can stand it-PLAY!

R. Stroz

July 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

I just saw this quote on twitter from Hockeywench, president of the Thrashers fan club, in regards to Kovy:

Fans here in ATL really don’t want him back either. He has priced himself out.

While I’ll agree he priced himself out of the Atlanta market last year, please don’t speak on behalf of ALL Thrashers fans.

Many Thrasher fans are in favor of bringing Kovy back, at the right price. Also, there are many fans that aren’t in favor of bringing him back.

Please refrain from making generalizations on behalf of all Thrasher fans. We are capable of expressing our own opinion without a collective mouthpiece.

Paminski

July 9th, 2010
1:33 pm

Planning on attending scrimmage on Sat. See ya there!

kracker

July 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

This is pretty ballsy!

BenThrashers Comp should be a 1st and 3rd. RT @TSNBobMcKenzie: TSN’s Gord Miller reports SJ has signed Niklas Hjalmarsson to a 4-year, $14M offer sheet.

TableHockey

July 9th, 2010
2:00 pm

I saw that too Kracker – a little revenge of the Sharks I suppose. Actually I’ve wondered if the Devils would put an offer sheet on Bergfors if Kovalchuk doesn’t sign there (which appears to be the case).

kracker

July 9th, 2010
2:02 pm

Here’s another Johnny gangsta/character: Johnny Angel (1945), George Raft

kracker

July 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

Surely we would match unless it was a through the roof offer in which case Dud might take the compensation.

Badger Bob

July 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

Here’s the real question, kracker. Will da Hawks match the offer, and thereby have to ship out even more pieces via trade to stay under the cap? They can’t be too thrilled with a first rounder likely to be after No. 20 in a thin draft year. Then again, if they don’t match the offer, they’re gonna have a boatload of picks in the first three rounds next year.

Red Light

July 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

It’s about darn time someone exercised the right of the offer sheet. I told you about the Federov deal way back from Jim Rutherford and the Wings were forced to match it. The game isn’t about staying friends in the good old boys club that the NHL continually parades, it’s a business and about winning. Hjalmarsson is fine player and if the Sharks want to spend $3.5 million per year on him, good for them.

Chicago made their bed, now they have to sleep in it. If I’m Dudley, I do the same with Bobby Ryan. Screw em if they can’t take a joke.

Badger Bob

July 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

Not interested in compensation for Bergfors – Thrashers better match any offer sheets. To me, you’d want at least 1, 2 and 3 round picks, which means NJ would need to offer Bergie at least $4,679,311 per year (not likely).

Besides, offer sheets seem to irritate GMs a little. It’s certainly not beyond Sweet Lou to do it, but wouldn’t it be more likely he’d mess with someone he doesn’t normally deal with that to piss off Duds?

Badger Bob

July 9th, 2010
2:15 pm

RL – true it is a two-way street. Let’s go get Bobby R!

Dany Heatley

July 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

I demand to be traded to a team with a future. The Sharks are old news. Trade me to the Thrashers or else.

kracker

July 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

Yes, Badger Bob, I don’t know exactly where matching that offer sheet puts Chicago’s cap situation but I’m sure it will either force more moves now or hamper future roster changes.

The Kings were smart not to meet Kovalchuk’s early salary/term asking price as it would put them in the same leaky salary cap boat. They appear to want to lock up their young talent first and then add a big FA when/if they get the opportunity.

OTOH, the Hawks got their first Cup in a half century so they can’t be too displeased.

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
2:38 pm

SJ is not a market known for its spending. It puts out a decent product at a responsible price. I’m surprised by this move, but they have every right to do it. It’s just … down the road … Chicago, Detroit, Colorado, L.A. … might jam them up on an RFA. But, like Red Light says, “it’s fair game, and it’s about winning.”

Red Light, Dustin Penner is way overpaid out there in Edmonton, with two years left on his deal. Would you propose they take Todd White to rid themselves of that deal? Or is that contract, with two years left at $4.25 apiece, even too ridiculous for Atlanta to consider? After all, every bad contract is a bad contract. On the other hand, who would you rather have, Penner or White? Just tossing that out there. I think it’s a non-issue. We’re stuck with White, no matter how many trade ’scenarios’ any of us can cook up.

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
2:58 pm

So, does this mean it’s time to go after Patrick Sharp too?

I’d give them C-Mac, Cormier, Espo, O’Dell, Pasquale and Aliu back for Sharp and Ben Smith.

Off limits: Klingberg, Kulda (duh), Postma, Johnny Burma (duh) and Ivan Draga (Telegin).

Throw in next year’s 1st rounder if need be, but hopefully they take the NHL roster player plus prospects.

Just what-iffing since I’m bored stiff.

World Be Free

July 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

We talked earlier about San Jose’s cap space, $7M under the cap. Now we know what the Sharks will try and fill some of that cap space-
Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

Trixie, I’m in the SPAM filters.

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
3:19 pm

Smoothie, how smart does Chicago’s locking up Kane and Toews and Keith look now? Imagine the offer sheets for Kane and Toews!!

Smoothie

July 9th, 2010
3:43 pm

I guess pretty smart Brendan. But they lose points for overpaying Campbell & Huet and then over-paying a couple of their RFA’s like Big Buf & Versteeg…had they just gotten their QO’s done in time.

Tisk, tisk, tisk!

Don’t think they’d deal to us again, but you never know.

Brendan

July 9th, 2010
7:31 pm

It’s true. Dudley left them in the lurch! Kidding. But you’d think someone in the Blackhawks organization would realize when the deadline for tendering qualifying offers would be. It was not a banner offseason, prior to them winning the Cup. “Cabbiegate,” with Kane. The failure to file in a timely manner for RFA’s. Then there was the NHL investigation into the 12-year Hossa contract, to see if discussions about early retirement ever surfaced, etc. But hey, in the end, what matters is the hardware, and the Chicago Blackhawks brought it home for the 1st time in 49 years. What a great parade/celebration they had.

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

July 9th, 2010
7:53 pm

Mr. Bendan – Your 2:38 pm post has been freed from Blog Purgatory.

Alan R.

July 9th, 2010
8:02 pm

Zoomo

July 9th, 2010
9:12 pm

Back from a work trip to Cleveland. The city that modernization forgot.

Fun, fun time at the RnR HOF. Way cool place. Spent 3+ hours in there and could have spent 2 or 3 more. The current Springsteen exhibit is stupendous!

Can’t wait to head to the rink in the AM and get a look at Cormier and Burmistrov.

I like the gangster names. I’m from New Jersey where everyone’s got a nickname and weather you’re in the mob or not.
.

R. Stroz

July 9th, 2010
9:17 pm

I’ll take Penner for two years over Charmin for one year.

Head of NASA

July 10th, 2010
12:04 am

Our newest mission is to send Jay Grossman to Uranus.

Hopefully, this will help Kovy clear up his thought processes.

World Be Free

July 10th, 2010
8:08 am

Fans in general in the NHL have had enough of Kovalchuk. This self-centered approach is way beyong anything we have ever seen in the game. Success in this league is all about teamwork, this is not the NBA where the Miami Heat consists of 3 guys. My prediction is, that if Kovy stays in the NHL he will be widely booed when he fails to make plays in most NHL arenas, especially in Canada. I still respect Kovalchuk’s talents.

Zoomo-I have noticed during my time here that there are very few native Georgians named “Vinny, Louie or Johnny”.

EA

July 10th, 2010
11:08 am

Kovalchuk’s image has been very damaged in this process. We do not need his self centered approach to a team.

Zoomo

July 10th, 2010
11:37 am

Went to the 9am-10am session this morning. May go back for more later.

John Albert was the hardest working and most impressive forward on the ice. Nice hands. I noticed that the Bord Watchers blog thought the same thing about him yesterday. He may be low in the pipeline, and a bit small, but he’s obviously out to make an impression and move up the depth chart.

Burmistov looks good. Not as far advanced as Kane was last year, at least on first impression.

Carozzi looked very good in goal.

glovesave29

July 10th, 2010
12:27 pm

Red Light

July 10th, 2010
1:23 pm

glovesave29: Don’t worry about what that hack says, I think it’s his first ever piece on hockey.

Alan R.

July 10th, 2010
1:24 pm

A repost from the NY Post? Heh. I read that earlier this morning. Larry Brooks is a moron.

Head of NASA

July 10th, 2010
2:07 pm

We’ve been told to hire employees from the NY Post to help with our newly dictated missions.

Thrashers27

July 10th, 2010
3:22 pm

For an incredible fix of hockey. Makes you proud to be a hockey fan! Patty Stefan’s incredible gaffe with the Stars makes the list. Enjoy!

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Travis-Yost/TSNs-Top-Ten-Craziest-NHL-Moments/134/29291

Brendan

July 10th, 2010
4:45 pm

R.Stroz, Penner’s making that “Bobby Holik” money, the figure that haunts us all, $4.25 million. Not just this upcoming season, but the next one, too. Just something to consider. I do prefer Penner to Charmin, however.

R. Stroz

July 10th, 2010
5:32 pm

Brendan – True, but the cap is alot higher than 39 million now.

Brendan

July 10th, 2010
8:34 pm

R.Stroz, where’s our internal cap this year? $49 million? 50 million? 51 million? Last year, it was $53 million, but that included the bonus money for Kane and Bogosian. That $4.25 million for Dustin Penner, with an internal cap of $49 million, could hinder us significantly enough. But, on the other hand, Penner is, for sure, an upgrade to Todd White. And Edmonton might ask us for more than just a ’salary dump’ for the next two seasons. They probably want a 3rd round pick, too. Of course, rubbin’ my chin, I’d love to offer them, “future considerations.”

Can you imagine, R.Stroz, if you walked into the sales office of a brand new subdivision, then sat down with the real estate agent on duty, and said, “Well, I’m just smitten with your standing inventory. I’ll take the house that’s been sitting unsold the longest, for your best offer.” The real estate agent smiles and says, “Great, here’s our approved list of mortgage brokers. You may pick any bank on this list.” You reply, “Oh, I won’t needing any of that.” The real estate agent looks at you, head slightly tilted, “So, you’re paying with cash, or a certified check?” “Well, no,” you reply. “Well then,” the real estate agent continues, “what will be your method of payment?” You stand there, matter-of-factly, “I’ll be giving you ‘future considerations.’” “Really?, has anyone ever given you something tangible for that?” You reply, “Well, in the National Hockey, where players make a minimum salary of $550,000, and in some cases millions, they are traded for ‘future considerations.’ This house only costs $355,000. Why cannot the same concept apply here?” The real estate agent, stoicly, replies, “Because I’m not an idiot GM, like Don Waddell.” You grin like a cheshire cat, “Point well taken.” Then you trot off the car dealership, to see if ‘future considerations’ will fly there, for a new Toyota Avalon.

Head of NASA

July 11th, 2010
12:02 am

According to his agent Jay is a Grossman, Kovalchuk has expressed his desire to be a cosmonaut. With his salary demands, his head is in the clouds.

Tony C.

July 11th, 2010
11:52 am

WBF-seriously? never met a guy named “Johnny” here in GA? Weird.

Although nicknames down here tend to go like so: “Bubba”, “Chip”, “Hoss”, “Red”, “Slim” and so forth…. not so much on the “Vinny”s though.

Brendan

July 11th, 2010
1:31 pm

Looking around for a Ranallo warning, and finding none, I will proceed. Did anyone ELSE notice that today’s NHL TV lineup is featuring Ilya Kovalchuk all day long? I guess the league sees a chance to milk this. Earlier, Game 2 of the Flyers-Devils series was on. Ilya had the empty-netter to clinch it. It is immediately followed by Games 3, 4, and 5 of that New Jersey-Philadelphia series. And you’ll notice that announcers take Kovalchuk to task. From former Captain Ray Ferraro, to Craig Button. Button’s comments were borderline scathing. He said to Dan Pollard in Game 5, “Ya know, Dan, Ilya shot selection is really questionable sometimes. It’s like he’s one his own sheet of music and his teammates are on another. I guess 8-straight years of doing WHATEVER YOU WANT are taking its toll, in a system as well defined and structured as New Jersey’s is.” Dan Pollard came quickly to Kovalchuk’s defense, “Although, through 4 games in this series, he does have 2 goals and 2 assists, so he still does represent a threat out there in this series.” Right about that time, Kovalchuk tried a cross ice pass to Colin White, that went astray, out of the offensive zone, during a power play. And Craig Button jumped on the occasion to say, “And that’s pretty much how this series has gone.” Both Button and Ray Ferraro talked about Kovalchuk’s lack of two-way play, and break out passes, and offensive zone shot selection.

If I didn’t know better, the NHL Network is showing these games to lobby Kovy’s price tag down to something Brian Burke could possibly afford, to get him to Toronto, by exposing his flaws all day long, well into the 2nd week of free agency.

Brendan

July 11th, 2010
1:41 pm

Don’t forget a programming note, one of the most memorable Stanley Cup Finals games ever played will be aired Monday Night at 8PM on NHL TV. It is, of course, the “changing of the guard” from Montreal’s dynasty to that of the New York Islanders. Starting Monday night, the New York Islanders became the only American dynasty to win four straight Cups, and appear in five-straight Finals. In 1984, the Islanders would pass the torch the Edmonton Oilers, in the Isles “Drive-for-Five.” Tomorrow night, you will hear the famous call, “Tonelli … to Nystrom … he scores!!” Next to “the flight of Orr,” the Nystrom goal is pretty much next on the list of most memorable moments of the Stanley Cup Finals. The goal is significant because … the Islanders were a dominant team that continued to underachieve and fail in the playoffs. The Isles had been considered a Cup contender for at least two seasons, with 1st place finishes in the old Patrick Division. And truthfully, the Islanders had been a “100-point” club for four straight seasons between 1976 to 1979. But they kept losing in the playoffs. In fact, by 1980, the New York Islanders had slipped to 91-points from 116-points the previous year. And yes, there was “talk” that if the Islanders continued to falter and struggle and underperform in the playoffs … that the team’s makeup might get altered in the coming seasons. I don’t like to use the words “gutted” or “dismantled.” But that Nystrom goal made sure that the Islanders would stay on course, and win three more Championships.

In 1976, the Islanders had 101-points, finishing 2nd in the Patrick Division. In the playoffs, the Isles dispatched Vancouver, 2-0, and Buffalo, 4-2, before losing in Conference Finals (Semi-Finals then) to Montreal, the eventual Cup winner, 4-1.

In 1977, the Islanders finished with 106-points, second in the Patrick Division. In the ‘77 playoffs, the Islanders swept Chicago, 2-0, then swept Buffalo, 4-0. Once again, in the Semi-Finals (Conference Finals) the Isles fell to Montreal, 4-2, the eventual Cup winner.

In 1978, the Islanders finished with 111-points, good enough to win the Patrick Division. In the playoffs, Lanny McDonald’s overtime winner, that you see so often on the NHL Network’s promos, spelled a Quarter-Finals exit by the Islanders to the Maple Leafs of Toronto. (And the whispering started.) It’s one thing to lose to Montreal, in the midst of their dynasty years. It’s quite another to be bounced by the Leafs in the Opening Round, 4-3, in a series you are firmly expected to win.

In 1979, the NY Islanders bounced back with a then FRANCHISE RECORD for points at 116, repeating atop the Patrick Division. In the ‘79 playoffs, the Isles once again swept the Blackhawks, 4-0. But in Semi-Finals (Conference Finals today), the Islanders would be STUNNED by their chief rivals, the NY Rangers, 4-2. It was an EXTREMELY exciting playoff year, for in the other bracket were Boston vs. Montreal. Boston and the Rangers had ‘fairly recently’ underwent a blockbuster trade with each other, that involved Phil Esposito, one of the league’s premier scorers at the time. And if the Bruins could upset the 3-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Canadiens, all those who analyzed that mega-swap of players between Boston and NYR would just be salivating at a Bruins-Rangers Cup Finals. And, indeed, it nearly happened. Game Seven of the 1979 Semi-Finals betwen Boston and Montreal went to overtime. In the series, each team had held serve on their home ice. Jean Ratelle, who I think was also part of the “blockbuster” trade between the Rangers and Bruins, had scored an overtime winner earlier in the series, in Game 4. But Game Seven would be won by Yvon Lambert in the 1st overtime, to preserve Montreal’s chance at a 4th straight Cup. Which they got, over the NY Rangers, 4-1.

But for the Islanders, they were scratching their heads at how their best season, to that point, had not resulted in a Stanley Cup title. By 1980, one year later, the Islanders had slipped 25-points in the standings, down to a pedestrian 91-points, 2nd in the Patrick Division. People were thinking, “is this the beginning of the end?” “Tonelli to Nystrom” preserved the Islanders shot at being called a dynasty. In the 1980 playoffs, the Isles were forced into the preliminary round against Los Angeles, and even dropped a home game there. The fate of the series lied in Game Three, which went into overtime, and was won by the Islanders. They closed out Los Angeles on the West Coast. The Isles blazed through Boston, 4-1, in the next round. In the Semi-Finals (Conference Finals) the Isles had to face the Prince of Wales Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres. It was a great series, in which Buffalo forced a sixth game, after trailing 3-0. Game One of the Finals went into overtime in Philly and was won by New York on a goal by Denis Potvin. The Islanders held serve at home for the rest of the series to win the Cup in overtime, of Game Six. I’ll never be able to prove this, but had Philly won that game, I have little doubt the Flyers would have taken Game Seven at home. That’s how HUUUUUUGE that Nystrom goal really was. It ignited a dynasty. In 1981, the Isles defeated Minnesota, 4-1. In 1982, the NY Islanders had their GREATEST SEASON EVER, at 118-points, including 54 wins. They went the ‘82 Cup over the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0. In 1983, they won their 4th straight cup, 4-0, over the Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. In Gretzky’s book, he said, “As we walked by their dressing room, no one was laughing and partying. They were iced down, nursing their wounds. We were the ones healthy and enjoying ourselves. I think that was the difference in the series.” The Oilers got their revenge in the next season, winning the Cup over the Isles, 4-1. In those days, they played a 2-3-2 format, due to travel costs. So, once the Oilers had their win on Long Island, they wouldn’t have to return home, unless they lost a game in Edmonton, which they did not. Scores of 7-2, 7-2, and 5-2 were plenty convincing enough of how that series would end. And thus began the Oiler dynasty.

I bet a new blog just got posted, and absolutely nobody read this entry. Oh well.

kracker

July 11th, 2010
2:23 pm

If your latest entry calls forth a new blog, well then, good job, Brendan!

Rawhide

July 11th, 2010
2:28 pm

Brendan – Naaaaahh….Gonna watch Spain and The Netherlands duke it out in the World Cup Final this afternoon. New blog later….

World Be Free

July 11th, 2010
2:44 pm

Tony C.-I actually had a woman work for me here named Johnny! I guess the Johnnys in GA are a little different than the Johnny’s up north.

Zoomo-had lunch with a friend from Cleveland this week. Folks in Ohio are kinda upset these days and with good reason. Lebron-if you are going to move on, then do so but don’t string people out, like Kovy. Those 3 clowns in Miami are going to get a rude awakening when they go on the road this year, I think.

Alan R. – right on about Brooks being an idiot. I have no clue on how that guy keeps his job.

kracker

July 11th, 2010
2:47 pm

I’m leaving now for the scrimmage, Rawhide.

World Be Free

July 11th, 2010
2:51 pm

Brendan, great post, read it totally. Great stuff, but I guess that is what we have come to expect from you. Great job my freind.

Speaking of old games, I was totally gassed last night to watch the Leafs-Habs playoff game from April 1959. My son had never seen an “old school” game before, players without helmuts and goalies without masks. It was a great game called by Foster Hewitt at Maple Leaf Gardens, hard hitting but no dirty shots even for a playooff game. I must be old because I remeber seeing at least half the players in that game in person before they hung ‘em up.

Can’t get enough of the old school games. NHL Network must have received the message from last summer, when they played the same games over and over again.

Jameson

July 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

I hadn’t thought of it this way before last night, but if the Spirit are considering selling the Thrashers, I think it will happen this year. Capital gains tax is expect to go up quite a bit next year.

Brendan

July 11th, 2010
5:18 pm

WBF, thanks. And we are definitely spoiled by the NHL Network bringing back this old games. I’m surprised they haven’t run the 1961 Finals games between Chicago and Detroit. (It was the Red Wings they beat, right? I think it was, but I could be wrong.)

Congratulations to Spain, on a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands.

Rawhide

July 11th, 2010
6:20 pm

Brendan – Yes, Chicago beat Detroit 4 games to 2 in the ‘61 SCF. The Blackhawks scored 19 goals in those 6 games…11 in the last two alone.

That World Cup Final certainly wasn’t pretty…but all of Spain is dancing tonight!

Thrashers27

July 11th, 2010
7:00 pm

Kovy chatter is firing up again. L.A. is the latest scuttlebutt. Supposed to be announced tomorrow. I think it will be a relief to many of us to see him sign with a Western team.

R. Stroz

July 11th, 2010
7:11 pm