Sunday, March 12, 2006

Some quick Saturday night hits

- The tribute to "Boom Boom" Geoffrion before tonight's Montreal-New York game was extremely well done and very moving. It managed to be both incredibly sad and wonderfully happy, as they celebrated both his hockey career and life in general. Say what you want about the Montreal Canadiens organization and what it's like to play hockey in that city. The fans are incredibly tough, the media even tougher, and they haven't had much success in the last 10 years. There is still something special about that uniform and all the history it represents. When they bring together all the legends that have played there the way they did here, you really get a grasp of just how magical that franchise has been.

- I always laugh when people try and tell me Aki Berg really isn't THAT bad. The guy is one of the worst regular NHL defencemen in the league, and he proved it tonight. He took a horrible penalty and gave the puck away to Vincent Lecavalier right in front of his own net moments earlier. And I only saw about 15 game minutes. I'm sure he made an ass of himself even more, and I sadly missed it.

- The Tampa Bay Lightning will not make the playoffs. That is all.

- Brendan Witt sure didn't waste any time making an impact as a Predator. I'm sure it wasn't the way some thought, with a big goal, a momentum changing hit, or a monster blocked shot, but regardless, he showed that the Preds have someone who won't be pushed around. He gives them a certain edge, which they will need to defeat more talented teams like the Stars and Wings in the post season. Meanwhile, Scott Parker continues to do what he always does, and that's be a sideshow. But I guess that's the only way he keeps a job in the league.

- Having seen the highlights, I'm disappointed no Senator player went after Brad Larsen for his butt end on Jason Spezza from Friday night's game between Ottawa and the Thrashers. Spezza's hit on Ilya Kovalchuk sure looked clean to me, yet Larsen felt the need to send a message I guess. That's fine, but someone on Ottawa should've sent one right back. Nothing dirty, but something to tell the Thrashers bench that those kind of things will not be tolerated.

- Want proof that sports writers smoke crack? Peter Worthington of the Toronto Sun wrote that the Leafs should try and get Alexander Ovechkin.Gee, ya think? He seems to think Washington would be crazy not to take Mats Sundin, at 35 years old, and "three others" for AO. Only in Toronto.

9 Comments:

At 1:35 AM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Having seen the highlights, I'm disappointed no Senator player went after Brad Larsen for his butt end on Jason Spezza from Friday night's game between Ottawa and the Thrashers.

Who is going to go after him? McGratton wasn't in the lineup (because he isn't a very good player), Neil never liked playing that role, and no one else has ever really done it. This is why I said Ottawa didn't get what it needed at the trade deadline. Arnason is a nice player but just gives them more of what they already got. Ottawa really needed some veteren leadership and grit. They got neither and so another playoff dissapointment is definitely possible.

 
At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For not liking that role Neil sure fed Belak this season. Must be embarrASSing for Belak to be taken down by such lightweights!

 
At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't the Leafs always stock up on "grit" and ""leadership" in the past?

Really helped them the past 40 years!

 
At 12:12 PM, Anonymous pete said...

I always laugh when people try and tell me Aki Berg really isn't THAT bad. The guy is one of the worst regular NHL defencemen in the league, and he proved it tonight.

Leaf fans! And Senator fans! Agreeing wholeheartedly with each others' opinions on the same subject, singing kumbaya into the still night air....

I never thought I'd see the day.

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He seems to think Washington would be crazy not to take Mats Sundin, at 35 years old, and "three others" for AO.

That is crazy and way too short-sighted...why not offer Sundin and say Tucker for AO, and then McCabe and uhhh, Berg to Pittsburgh for Crosby. Belfour for Luongo straight-up, but maybe Fld should also add in a first-round pick.

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

As much as I love AO as a player, if I were starting a franchise from scratch the first player I would take would probably be Luongo. You can win a Stanley Cup without a superstar forward (see New Jersey), but you can't without a top tier goaltender (see Ottawa). I'd give Florida alsmost whatever they wanted if they were going to trade Luongo. He's the best goalie in the NHL under 30.

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

but you can't without a top tier goaltender (see Ottawa)

Detroit with Vernon and Osgood? New Jersey is really the only example of a team being able to win without a superstar forward. Every other Cup winner (Dallas-Modano, Detroit-Yzerman & Fedorov, Tampa-Lecavalier, Colorado-Forsberg & Sakic) did have one.

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

All of those cup winners you mention also had a superstar goalie or at least a goalie who played like one during the playoffs. Osgood was a pretty good goalie back in those days regularly posting save percentages between .910 and .917 and goals against averages below 2.42. Maybe not superstar but pretty good. And Vernon played like a superstar in his playoff run (.927 save % and 1.76 gaa). But the Wings were a stacked team everywhere and we may never see that happen again under the new salary cap system. A superstar goalie and a bunch of good forwards is better than a superstar forward with just a good goalie. Again, see Ottawa. Would Calgary be better off with Iginla but not Kipprusoff or with Kipprusoff but not Iginla?

Would you trade Alfredsson for an average player or Hasek for an average goalie?

And I wouldn't call Lecavalier a superstar (he's just paid like one) when his best season is 33 goals and 78 points (and that wasn't in the Stanley cup year). Tampa just got lucky by having a hot goalie, extremely healthy, and maybe the easiest run in terms of the teams they faced to the Stanley Cup ever.

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger aquietgirl said...

Tampa has to make the playoffs. They're our perfect first round team. They must make it!

 

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