Jumat, 25 Juni 2010
Let's do the best we can
Wild wild stuff this week. I'm going to do my best to wrap evening up in a nice, neat package. Think of this post like Hayden Panettiere without hairy balls. btw, how about that popup ad chick in my picture? Right?
The NHL draft is tonight - Hall likely goes first to Edmonton followed by Boston picking Seguin. My guess is that Boston tries to move up. Who knows how that could work but Edmonton can take on salary and Boston doesn't need another center. Savard and Thomas are both open to trades. Thomas makes $5MM for the next 3 (I think) and Savvy's cap hit is $4MM a year (a fucking steal).
The Blackhawks made a big splash sending Buff, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu to the Thrashers for the 24th and 54th picks this year and Marty Reasoner, Jeremy Morin and Joey Crabb. The Hawks needed to dump salary and ended up getting some solid picks in return. Great deal for the Hawks. Scotty and I disagree with how good Buff will be going forward. We both think the Hawks sold him pretty high but I don't see him as a power next season. It's a cold world on your own without Kane, Toews et al.
The Hawks also sent Colin Fraser to the Oil for a 6th rounder in this year's draft. All the talk is that they want to keep Sharp and deal Ladd away. More moves to come.
The recently traded Brent Sopel will march with the Cup in Chicago's gay pride parade. Nice to see such an evolved move from an NHLer.
The NHL salary cap moves to $59.4MM for the 2010-11 season. Brian Campbell still is overpaid.
The Bruins sent Dennis Wideman and the 15th pick this year and a 3rd rounder in 2011 to Florida for Nathan Horton and Colin Campbell's kid. Is Horton the scoring winger that will spark the Bruins? As long as he rips harder than Daniel Paille then it could be a win for the Bruins. Wideman should benefit from a change in scenery.
The Bruins resigned Johnny Boychuk for a 2-year worth $3.75MM. As a Bruins fan I love this deal. He came alive in the postseason.
The Sharks let Nabokov walk and inked Pat Marleau and Super Joe Pavelski. Which goalie are they targeting this summer? Many, many names out there that won't choke as hard as Nabby did in the postseason.
Wolski resigns with the Coyotes for 2-years at $7.6MM. What happens if the Coyotes only last 1 year?
What's with action movies where during a big drug deal some guy pulls a switchblade out and cuts open the kilo of coke right in the middle of the packaging to taste it? Doesn't that make a total mess? Why not take the extra seconds and unwrap the thing and wrap it back up neatly?
Former Bruins asst. Craig Ramsey is the new head coach in Atlanta.
The Kings extended the contracts of GM Dean Lombardi, head coach Terry Murray and asst. GM Ron Hextall. They also hired former Philly head coach John Stevens as an asst. to replace Mark Hardy.
The NHL schedule was released. Plan your road trip to Long Island accordingly.
Plekanec resigns with Montreal for 6-years $30MM. Welcome to crazy Montreal expectations hell, Tomas.
Cooke resigns with Pittsburgh, Modano wants to keep playing away from Dallas (please don't let it be Minsk), Tom Renney is the new head in Edmonton, Quinn is pissed, Staubitz goes to the Wild, Pyatt stays with Pheonix as Darche does with Montreal.
Rollie Melanson is the new goalie coach in Vancouver. I only bring that up because I use one of his old sticks for roller hockey.
The Hockey Hall of Fame selected Dino Ciccarelli, Cammi Granato and others NOT Bure, Gilmour, Nieuwendyk, Pat Burns or Lindros to join it's ranks. Halls of fame are funny people because some people want only the very very very best players inducted and feel it's too easy for very good players to get in. Others see the halls as boys clubs that cater to those who a politically savvy. Others see it as a business and more of a museum that makes it's money by letting in the most popular players. I don't really care because I've never been to a hall of fame in any sport in my life but it's nice to see a guy like Dino, who according to Big Spanish "invented net presence" get his turn. And while I really have no skin in the game I will say it's silly how the baseball writers are willing to let certain players in just not on the first or second ballot. As if player X is hall worthy just not on his first go around.
Scott Niedermayer annouced his retirment from the Ducks capping off a ridiculous career where he was a winner at every level. I will miss that stride and pivot.
The NHL hosted its awards show from Vegas. Jay Mohr hosted, the Goo Goo Dolls performed and the whole show was painfully awkward. The best part of the night was the Getzlaf/Ryan segment which drew laughs. The rest was missable.
Here are the winners:
Ted Lindsay - Ovy
Hart - Hank Sedin (who took a jab at his brother on stage)
Vezina - Miller
Norris - Duncan Keith (who thanked everyone and was cut off)
Calder - Tyler Myers (same)
Jack Adams - Dave Tippett
Selke - Datsyuk
Lady Byng - St. Louis
Masterton - Jose Theodore (who doesn't have a team currently)
I think that's it. What is the trophy that the best goalie duo share? Last time I paid attention to that Moog and Lemelin shared it.
Don't get me started on the Mark Messier Leadership Award. I'm just not sure what the point of it is.
I think that's it for the major stuff. I'm not spell checking this and wrapping it up before anyone else get's moved. Have fun watching the draft tonight. Someone please remind Taylor Hall to tuck in his lower lip when on camera.