(From last year, 2008)
I just need to say this. There’s still a few things to be ironed out in my new site, which is the one you’re looking at right now. For example, some of my stories on Google aren’t connecting. And we’ve fixed a few other little things. And if the site is a bit slow to boot up, it’s probably because there’a a lot of good stuff on it which wasn’t there before.
I just want to make sure you bookmark it, add to your favourites, or whatever. It’s now dennis-kane.com.
I’m praying you’ll experience no trouble. You are being automatically transferred from the old one to the new one, and hopefully that’s all going well. You just need to bookmark it, that’s all.
It’s very stressful for me. I don’t want to lose readers. dennis-kane.com
Now, to the playoffs. I know it’s early, but my take on all this is that the Detroit Red Wings have just too much ammunition for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They not only have three of the world’s best players in Nick Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, and Pavel Datsyuk, but they keep uncovering lesser lights to come forward and play like Rocket Richard. First it was Johan Franzen, then Mikael Samuelsson and Dan Cleary. Who will be next?
There’s too much fire power there. Of course Pittsburgh has Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin, and Marian Hossa, and this is substantial stuff. But Detroit seems more well-rounded, more experienced, and more confident.
If I was a betting man, I’d lay down hard cash on the Detroit Red Wings. No question about it.
I wonder if Brendan Shanahan is regretting not resigning with the Wings. It could have been an excellent chance to tuck another Cup under his belt.
And speaking of Shanahan, rumour is Montreal might still be interested in him. But he’s old, slow, and he had the Habs wine and dine him before he chose the Rangers at the last second. If I was Bob Gainey, I’d be taking this personally. But business is business, I guess.
But we don’t want him, plain and simple. He didn’t show good character.
The other rumour is that Montreal is also interested in grabbing Marian Hossa for next year. This is a bit better situation than Shanahan, but would he be paid more than Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev, for example?
We don’t want to rock the good ship Habitants. They’re on an even keel to powerhouse city, and we don’t want any big waves.
ABOUT THE OCTOPUS:
During the intermission of a 1951-52 playoff game at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium, an octopus was thrown on the ice. The fishmonger who threw it later explained that the eight tentacles of the octopus were supposed to symbolize the number of victories needed to win the Stanley Cup. It’s been a tradition ever since in Detroit.
So now you know.