Thursday, February 21, 2008

D-Day II - A day for donkeys

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae if she is checking in.
Another slow news day in the NHL didn't stop the donkeys in the media from conjuring up stuff today.

Things started in Montreal with a reporter from La Presse saying that the Canadiens all but had a deal in place to land Thrashers LW Marian Hossa. The report didn't provide names on who would be going to Atlanta, but the reporter assured everyone that it was about to be announced; he even went so far as to say that the Canadiens had ordered equipment in Montreal's colours for Hossa. Montreal's Kreskin was wrong, really wrong - keep reading.

The Nostradamus of the NHL (Eklund) posted a report that the Bruins had a deal in place that would send Phil Kessel to the Thrashers for Hossa. Eklund, who is believes his own hype and is killing himself to scoop TSN and Rogers Sportsnet, sheepishly pointed out a while later that he had heard the rumour for P.J. Stock - and it was all a big joke. P.J. Stock is one funny guy - throwing out a player's name and saying he is traded. Of course P.J. wouldn't understand how a guy like Kessel might feel about that - but can you blame him? P.J. never had to be concerned with being moved at the deadline.

The donkeys in Ottawa who kept insisting that the Tards were in the mix to land Forsberg, Sundin or Hossa have now shifted their attention to how good of a fit Sam Jones (aka Sergei Federov) would be in the Tards uniform. Suddenly, Federov would be a great acquisition because he has great playoff experience and no contract next year - hmmmm, wasn't that what they said about Corey Stillman? Donkeys

The donkeys in Toronto have hit an all-time low in their quest to shame Mats Sundin into waiving his no-trade clause. It started with questioning his integrity - if he was truly committed to the organization he would waive his NTC. The Sun's Steve Simmons took a new approach on Sunday by questioning Sundin's character and his will to win - others have picked up on this and are trying to shame the Leafs captain by questioning how much of a competitor he really is - "what kind of hockey player wouldn't want to win the Stanley Cup?" What the might not get is that in his mind, if he is going to win one it will be with Toronto and only Toronto. They obviously don't understand that his greatest joy was winning a gold medal in his country's colours at the Olympics. To the donkeys in the center of the universe - every hockey player in the world MUST want the Stanley Cup - never mind that the majority of hockey players (all over the world) would covet a gold medal much more than a Stanley Cup. It is not for us to question where the man's hockey priorities are.

It was a day where the media showed everyone what they truly are - as uniformed and unplugged into the inner circles of the NHL as we are.

A split last night so the hit was small. Tonight's suggestions:

Montreal/Pittsburgh over 5.5 - there will be plenty of PP opportunities tonight and both teams excel with the man advantage. Lay $100 on the over - $120.

St. Louis over LA Kings - LA has been playing over their heads for a couple of weeks - time to come back down to earth. Lay $100 on the Blues - $125.

Ottawa over Columbus - its pretty much over for Columbus - they just haven't admitted it yet. The Tards get it done tonight. Lay $100 on Ottawa - $270.

That's it for today gang - thanks for taking the time to check in.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world.

I'm Out!


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