I am a fan of a lot of British comedy. Basically, anything from Python, to Fawlty Towers to Eddie Izzard to Benny Hill. I nabbed a copy of "Shaun Of The Dead" on amazon.com for a dollar last week. Great bang for THAT buck. Anyhow....
-Rivalries. They spur the emotions, and get a nice level of blood lust going for fans. One thing I am seeing more and more of is the back burner rivalry. An example of this is the Pens-Flyers match-up. I find a lot of Penguins fans that feel the Flyers are their number one rival. However, most Flyers fans that I talk to, see, as I do, more heated rivalries with New Jersey, the Rangers and Isles, and even teams like Toronto, Buffalo and Ottawa.
Perhaps this is one unintended consequence of the current playoff structure-teams playing 8 times in the regular season will never build up the amount of hatred that one playoff series can evoke. I found it interesting the amount of hatred that fans of the Caps, Canadiens and Penguins had for the Flyers. Especially the comments about guys like Jeff Carter being classless.
Oh well, one man's rivalry is another man's average Tuesday night game.
-Ron Wilson fired as coach of San Jose. In other news, Sun will rise in East tomorrow. Amazingly expected firing. Wilson had issues with his team captain and routinely had a superior team falter in the playoffs. Now the heat is on the other Mr Wilson.
-Sad to see Olaf Kolzig's tenure with the Washington organization come to an end. Kolzig is a great guy for all his charitable work and in his day was a top flight goalie. He's still got game left and would be a good mentor for a kid like Carey Price or Cam Ward.
-Brian Campbell will end up in either Chicago or Ottawa.
-Olli Jokinen will stay in Florida.
-Is Jordan Staal the best Staal? In terms of all around game, I think he is, hands down. The guy is a great all around player and he's simply clutch. He's every bit as important to the Pens playoff run as Crosby and Malkin.
-Don't be surprised to see the Flyers move Joffrey Lupul to clear cap room to re-sign Jeff Carter and RJ Umberger. Believe it or not, should the cap rise to $55mm, keeping both players is easily doable if both guys sign for comparable dollars to similar players.
Lupul could also be odd man out for scoring stud Claude Giroux, who tore through the QMJHL's playoffs. Giroux has a lot of the offensive tendencies of Lupul, and none of those provided by veteran traffic jam Mike Knuble.
-Is Calgary shopping Alex Tanguay? How about Kristian Huselius? Did anyone really think these guys would last in Calgary with Mike Keenan behind the bench?
-The Panthers have announced that Jacques Martin will be the GM through 2010-11. Pretty amazing for a guy who was supposed to be gone if they failed to reach the playoffs.