Hockey items you could discuss with your friends after five or six beer:
The Philadelphia Flyers have sent Steve Downey down to their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.
Players around the NHL now stand a much better chance of not having their skulls cracked. AHL players, however, are putting extra padding in their helmets and have told their wives to remarry if anything happens to them.
Steve Downey is Sean Avery on crystal meth.
Gary Bettman says everything’s rosy in the the league and so talk of a team in Canada is silly, especially the part about having two franchises in the Toronto area. Bettman may or may not have said this as he overlooked the three franchises around New York from his office window.
This is a guy who probably even makes French-Canadian oldtimers long for Clarence Campbell.
And why are teams like Atlanta, Florida, Nashville, Phoenix etc. so important to the little man, and placing a team in Canada isn’t?
There has to be a reason. I just don’t know what the reason is. Is he getting fat little Christmas bonuses from people?
Was the bully who picked on Bettman in school a transplanted Canadian?
Rumours contimue about Wild star Marian Gaborik being traded to Montreal. I’m assuming Gary Bettman is against this because if it makes the Habs even stronger and even more of a Cup contender, the Stanley Cup could end up in the dreaded backwaters of Canada, one of the commissioner’s worst nightmares.
And one of my worst nightmares is a major trade involving the Canadiens which disrupts the harmony and chemistry they’ve got going now. If they landed Gaborik for future draft picks only, then great. But they’d need to clear out some salaries to make room for him, which means moving some existing players.
Is this a good idea?
Did the Boomer-Pocket commercial make you smile?
Bobby Clarke says Sean Avery is an idiot and someone should punch him out. Of course, when Clarke played, he was an angelic, gentlemanly fellow whom the whole hockey world loved. But aside from that, I completely agree with him.
This five-game break in the schedule for the Canadiens may or may not suck. Players can nurse their wounds and certain things can be worked out in practices, but geez, they’ve been on such a roll. And don’t forget about the poor wives who have to put up with them for this long. This isn’t normal for the little ladies.
Hope all this doesn’t affect the big game against Anaheim Saturday night.
Is it possible Gary Bettman told the schedule planners to give good Canadian teams big long days off to disrupt their play?