Friday, February 29, 2008

Ever felt like you shot yourself in the foot...

Penguins GM Ray Shero probably does. When i saw Hossa leave the ice I had two thoughts... The first, was a flashbacks to his days in Ottawa where he was "fragile" at best, constantly missing games for various injuries. I also thought, geez, the gamble was supposed to be 'will the pens lose Hossa to UFA in July'.

If you're behind on the news Hossa sprained his MCL (knee) in the game against the Bruins last night. (His first game as a Penguin.) Reports of how long the Hossa will be out ranges from a few games to the ominous sounding "weeks", but that report came from The Score sports channel, so i wouldn't put too much into that.
The penguins are finally coming near the end of a few long-spanned injuries that have plagued the team. Marc-André Fleury returned to NHL ice for the first time last night, it didn't necessarily go as well as planned, but he's back. Also Gary Roberts (broken leg) and Sidney Crosby (sprained high ankle) are reportedly very close to returning.

In other much more lighter news, a saskatchewan sawmill worker is now a millionaire, after he managed to get 15 goals, from the far blueline, in 24 seconds!! and he had a few seconds to spare. I remember a few months back when they opened up the random draw to have the chance to do this... Is that even possible? A big Don Cherry thumbs up to Darwin Head.

Carey Price
, the newly crowned no. 1 goaltender in Montreal has strengthened my position that he indeed is not human. That kid is as cool as a cucumber. Ridiculously long shootout? No problem. AHL playoff run? whatever. Expected to now carry the team into the playoffs with the lofty hopes of Montreal fans riding on his shoulders?
"It just means I'm going to be playing more," Price said. "You can't overburden yourself with the pressure. I thought it was going to happen eventually and it just happened sooner than I expected."
Somebody remind this kid that he's only 20-years-old! Price is expected to be in action against the Sabres tonight, 7:30 EST.

The Senators
fired coach John Paddock. Now i'm just going out on a limb here, but last time I checked Brian Murray didn't fix the goaltending situation in Ottawa at the trade deadline. And now Murray, who has taken over the coaching position (again) besides his General Manager duties can now expect to inherit the goaltending problems. Actually now that i think about it, i wasn't really going out on a limb. The Sens still have a playoff performer in Emery, who is not a team player. And a team player in Gerber, who seems to panic in the playoffs.

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