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I Love Owners And GM’s

It’s just pure entertainment that picks us up when things seem down. Thank you owners and general managers. Please keep handing out ultra long-term contracts to players so we can sit back and watch things unravel.

We can see what teams are thinking. Sign a player for ten years because in ten years, players everywhere will be making ten million dollars and now the boss only has to shell out five or six million to the big star who was locked in a decade ago.

That’s the thinking at least.

The New York Islanders signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a 15 year deal worth 67.5 million, and DiPietro managed to play two normal seasons before succumbing to ongoing nagging knee and hip problems that has kept him mostly in street clothes up until now. 

DiPietro is presently healthy and playing well, but to see the Islanders fork over more than 9 million bucks for nothing, near the start of a 15 year commitment, makes me wonder how I can get a job in hockey finances. Heck, I can lose money as good as they can. Maybe.

Roberto Luongo inked a 12 year, 64 million dollar deal last year and that’s fine except he’s been only a mediocre goalie in the playoffs for Vancouver over the past few seasons with a team that’s been expected of doing serious damage when it counts. But because of the lack of outstanding goaltending, the Canucks fall short of what experts continue to predict.

And to complicate things further, backup goalie Cory Schneider has shown that he’s ready to do more in a starting role. Here’s Schneider’s number so far – 3 GP, 2-0-0, 0.86 GAA, 0.968 save % on 63 shots faced – and Luongo’s – 6 GP, 1-3-0, 2.92 GAA, 0.903 save % on 175 shots against.

But of course, Luongo is there for 12 years with a no-trade clause.

Marian Hossa is enjoying the Chicago Blackhawks’ generosity of 12-years, 62.8 million and the Hawks have had to blow up their Stanley Cup-winning to team to keep their shop in order.

And now it’s a beauty of a soap opera unfolding in New Jersey where Ilya Kovalchuk, with 100 million for 15 years under his belt, was a healthy scratch the other night, replaced by a kid from the minors. And we don’t know why. Is Kovalchuk a problem, or is he just not scoring two or three every night to make owner/management look like they knew what they were doing when they gave him a fifteen-year deal?

Seems like infighting is the order of the day in New Jersey, with different parties involved, including ownership, the General Manager, and the coach, and it makes for fine, quality entertainment for the rest of us.

Isn’t it going to be neat see players looking like Keith Richards by the time their contracts are finished? What’s not so neat is seeing teams raise ticket prices to pay for players looking like Keith Richards.

A hundred million over 15 years for Kovalchuk. And then he becomes a healthy scratch. This is reality TV to rival the Kardashians and the single chick with eight kids.

You can read all the lovely intrigue regarding Kovalchuk here in this interesting Yahoo piece – Deal With Kovy Looking Worse By The Day.

And owners and GM’s, forget about the criticism. Just keep doing what you’re doing. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and we need to laugh sometimes.

Habs Wake Up In The Third. And A Whole Lot Of Other Stories

Talk about doing it the hard way. Sleepwalk through most of the game, fall behind 4-1, then storm back in the third period and shock everyone in the building by coming alive and winning the darn thing 5-4 by scoring four goals in seven plus minutes at the end of the game.

 

I was hoping for Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec to have break-out games, and both guys produced two goals and two assists and basically pulled it out for the good guys.

 

The Habs won………even though they played lousy. This game must really piss off the Islanders.

 

Must have been a good Halloween party the boys were at the night before. Hangovers can really suck.

 

Moving on:

  

David Robinson of the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey league took a puck in the teeth Oct. 18th while playing against the Kootenay Ice.

A dentist in Cranbrook yanked his teeth back into position, then Robinson rode the team bus home for seven hours with his mouthguard in his mouth to hold everything together.

 

Is that impressive or what?

 

Rick DiPietro is in some people’s bad books, including the New York media. The Islanders goalie signed a 15 year, 67.5 million dollar contract in 2006, and since then, keeps getting hurt. Now he’s on the shelf again and he’s only got 13 years left on his contract.

 

Apparently, Rick DiPietro is no David Robinson. Geez, the media is hard on their players in New York. I’m sure glad the Montreal media isn’t like that.

 

Important thing to know about Habs defenceman Andrei Markov. “Markov” translated into english means “stamp”, as in stamp on an envelope.

So you can now call him Andy Stamp if you feel so inclined.

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing so well I’m kind of embarrassed I called them dog excretement a while back.

 

My old hometown, Orillia, is famous for many things. Gordon Lightfoot and Rick Ley come from Orillia. Stephen Leacock spent most of his life there and wrote a book about it, titled ‘Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.’

A Toronto TV show in the 1960’s, Perry’s Probe, did some research and decided Orillia had more drug users per capita than any other place in Canada.

 

But most of all, Orillia has the following, documented in this video. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am.