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MBATF: JAGR, BRYZ, LIDSTROM, SMYTH

21 Jun

Here’s what you missed while you were busy talking about Game of Thrones…the latest news at the start of what looks to be a very interesting couple of weeks….

– The cap is going up to 64 million. Great news for the Flyers and Devils among others.

– Ryan Smyth requests a trade, wants to go back to Edmonton.

– Ryan Smyth denies he requested a trade to go back to Edmonton.

– Flyers are close to signing newly anointed franchise saviour, Ilya Bryzgalov. The big question is what will it cost them? Matt Carle looks like the likely option at the moment.

– Jammy Jagr wants to be a Penguin again.

– Lidstrom saves the Red Wings one last time by returning for a 20th season. He also ensures there will be a long talk about his place in the greatest defenceman category and is a long shot to equal Bobby Orr’s record for most Norris trophies.

– I wrote an article for Hockey Quarterly, counting down the best draft day steals of all time.  Go read it!

– Neither Craig Mactavish, nor Craig Ramsay will be the first coach of the Winnipeg “Something-or-Others”.

– The Boston Bruins know how to party.

– Norm Macdonald continues to struggle to find a comedic home.  Sorry Norm.

 

 

Meanwhile…back at the farm…

12 Jun

Whenever the Stanley Cup Finals roll around, it’s easy to get locked into a Finals-centric hockey world.  But one must remember, while the best of the East and West fight it out for the “Stanley-Cup-Cliche-Here”, 28 other teams are trying to make the changes required to get themselves one step closer to being one of those two teams. So, in honour of those teams…I bring you what is quickly becoming my favourite feature here at The Puck, “Meanwhile…back at the farm…

The Flyers Get (the rights to) their Man

Earlier in the week it was announced that that Flyers had acquired the negotiating rights to Phoenix Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.  Flyers fans seem to be of two minds on this one; on the one hand, they may finally have themselves a legitimate top-flight goaltender, on the other hand, Bryz is going to cost them dearly and he has no playoff success under his belt. Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) has a great piece about how Ilya is holding all the cards in this negotiation and could really take the Flyers to the cleaners.  This, of course, is bad news for Flyers fans everywhere, but good news for Ville Leino’s real estate agent.

Personally, I don’t think this is the answer for the Flyers.  I know the fans and ownership are clamoring for a top-tier goaltender, but now is not the time to lose one’s cool and trade away some proven talent (Leino, Carter, Carle, etc) for a guy you can’t promise will give you a solid performance next year. I’d sit on Bobrovski, see what he can do in the early parts of next season and look for a trade if he doesn’t perform.

James Reimer was signed to a…oh who am I kidding…nobody cares about that right now…back to the Finals!

Aaron Rome confused English majors, logic students, and ethicists everywhere when he said in an interview that; he was sorry that Horton was hurt, he is upset that he was suspended four games, that the play was admittedly “a little over the edge”, and that, if he could do it all over again, he would.

It’s shocking that Horton hasn’t returned Rome’s apology texts.

I didn’t realize it was my job to correct Luongo’s grammar.

Pumping someone’s tires” isn’t an expression, Roberto. At least not one I’ve ever heard of (or can find on the internet). Also, if it were to become an expression, I have a feeling it wouldn’t mean what you’re using it to mean.

Home on the Rage

There are shifts when watching the Vancouver Canucks is like watching a team full of Pete Rose’s, and they’re all trying to steal third.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the trash talk and I love the hate in this series, but I can’t stand the diving.  I’d rather a player be dirty than dive-y, at least the dirtiness has a sense of honesty to it.  (It’s very difficult for me to pretend I didn’t slash you on the ankle.)  Diving on the other-hand is for cowards, pretending to be hurt/sick is what children do to get what they want and it’s what we deride in other sports.  More importantly, while we call it unsportsmanlike, it’s really un-hockeylike.  So cut it the fuck out Vancouver, and you may just have a chance to become “Canada’s team”…if only for a year.

Also, I only used that title because it fits in with the whole Back on the Farm motif.

Peace.