Waiting for Alfie!

- September 8th, 2012

So you think this job is all glamour: Bright lights, big cities and a glass of Bailey’s on ice to wrap up the night.
Sure, some days are like that.
There is nothing like a trip to Boston to see my friend Pino Irano at Piccolo Nido, a Italian joint located in the North End. If you’ve never had a beer at the Quarterdeck in Ft. Lauderdale and watched hockey you’re missing an experience.
A walk through Central Park in New York on a quiet Sunday morning is just something to behold. One time, I was even able to watch CBS doing its NFL Today show live. All great experiences.
The last two weeks, well, they’ve been different and, of course, it could only get longer if there is a lockout.
Captain Daniel Alfredsson arrived back from Sweden a couple of weeks ago because his son Hugo had hockey tryouts in Kanata for the competitive team so I fully expected he would be on the ice Aug. 28th at the Bell Sensplex.
I went out there that day and sitting at a table was my buddy Sylvain St. Laurent from Le Droit. No sign of Alfie. That’s okay, he’s probably just taking a break. That was a Tuesday.
We stopped by Wednesday. No sign of Alfie.
We went by Thursday. No sign of Alfie.
They usually take Friday’s off. We didn’t go that day and stayed in our home offices to get other things done.
Last Tuesday, St. Laurent and I were back in our perch waiting for Alfredsson. No sign of him.
Wednesday: Where is No. 11? This is becoming Groundhog Day.
Thursday: Since Alfredsson wasn’t there, we were just going to leave when Senators GM Bryan Murray dropped by. Okay, there was some salvation.
Friday, they usually don’t skate. That was supposed to be the case but early in the morning there was some sense that Alfredsson was going to be on the ice. Sylvain and I decided to give it a shot.
At 10:45 a.m., Shane Prince skated out on his own.
And, he skated, and skated, and skated.
At 11:05 a.m., Andre Petterson walked in.
Sylvain and I decided to give it 15 minutes.
Then, lo and behold Alfredsson arrived.
He skated for about 45 minutes, waved to photographer Errol McGihon and headed for the exit with a couple of guys who had been waiting for him for seven days in chase.
“I’ve never seen you guys move that fast,” noted the Bell Sensplex employee.
No kidding. We’ve waited a long time for this.
“Can I talk Monday?,” Alfredsson asked outside his truck.
“We’re the only ones here,” I said almost begging. I’m sure Alfredsson didn’t know what St. Laurent and I had been through in the last two weeks.
“I guess you want to talk today,” he said to St. Laurent and I. “Ok, let’s talk.”
He was engaging, he was funny and he gave us a glimpse of what could lay ahead if there is a lockout.
Then, he even stopped his truck on the way out of the parking lot to have a nice chat.
As usual, Alfredsson made the wait worth it.
Hopefully, we don’t have to wait this long for hockey.

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37 comments

  1. ChokerHater says:

    Oh with the headline I thought you were waiting for him to retire
    he might as well retire
    he’s an old washed up Swede who’d rather be home in Sweden than here.
    All these clowns who say he’ll stay after his career is over, well it is over and where does he go as soon as hockey is over, back to his real home
    Wow 15 minutes of skating! if something did happen and the players and owners made an agreement, he’ll be in fine shape.
    Commited…..right!

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    Choke, buddy…is 27 goals washed up? Really must you try so hard to be contrary? You don’t need to be and yo have sonme very good things to add. I respect most opinions but they need to be honest and sincere,

    I do agree with you on the God front and believe he will return to Sweden once his career is over. Although, he did suggest he would be interested in working in a Management Capacity. Given the Owner’s obsession for the man, I wouldn’t rule out anything.

    I heard a couple of stories way back when from a buddy who played in the Show for the California Golden Seals. The team was very, very bad and the coach was Freddy Glover. The team was in Boston and Boston had a penalty. The Seals played a full two minutes on the PP with 4 men…the entiire Bruin team was in tears laughing. The Seals were very undisciplined and were out of countrol (they just wanted to: “party all the time, party all the time, party all the time”…). Fred Glover still thought he had it…so to speak. Often at the end of a practice the team would play a little scrimmage and Freddy would participate; the boys would let him score a goal or two (paying the ferryman for such and easy life style). Bobby Clark told his GM that if they wanted a pure shooter/goal scorere they should go out and rescue Reggie Leach who was “drowning” in California. He dried out and the rest is history. Denis Maruk was a dandy too and Ottawa’s Peter Lafromboise played there.

    If anyone doesn’t think the GMs of the expansion era were (by and large) terrible, check out some of the first round draft picks and trades. Look up how the Habs secured ‘tGuy. It wasn’t so much Sam Pollock;s genius as it was total incompetence on the other end.

    Has anyone ever seen a team so plagued by injuries as the Jays this year. I read a Simmons article (I like his stuff most of the time) where he suggests that the Organization trade the Manager, Farell back to Boston. I think that would be a terrible mistake. Farell has a young team that loves him. Rasmus, who has a mental case for a father idolizes the man. Farell likes to be creative and manufacture runs with: hit and run, steals and double steals, sacrifice bunts, suicide sqeaze plays and stealing home. This team when healthy can hit the long ball and run the bases and I love Philpe Alou’s line that never goes out of style in many sports: ” speed never goes into a slump”!

  3. Bruce Garrioch says:

    This is the way Chokey sees it. Next Kevin will chip in and agree.

  4. Kevin F says:

    I’ll agree if it’s honest and makes sense Bruce, always said Alfie was a good player don’t really care about him one way or the other, shoulda talked less in my opinion but you guys love his cuteness, fair enough. See that Konopka is still a great guy, running his mouth great copy, lazy writers dream. Terrible player. Winchester must have been one of the “in” crowd the Sun boys haven’t shat on him yet, then again he hasn’t signed any where else so far,I’m sure if he goes elsewhere some little tidbits will be dropped to besmirch him, but maybe not, in a year or two if he has any command of the English language he can join the other barnacles at the Team 1200 pep squad and become a full fledged member of the back slappin boys and pull up a chair at a table of whatever diner the crew is humpin these days

  5. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    It’s been nice having Alfredsson around but he’s a crutch for management and the team.
    Time for him to be replaced by someone young and hungry, same with Phillips and the orher old-timers.
    Teams that are “the others” (as James Duthie referred to in a blog), caught in between past glories and future pursuits don’t tend to win many championships.

    I’m looking forward to a management group that doesn’t give four or more year deals to players that have suited up for 30-50 games. I’m looking forward to seeing a Senators team that’s young and bruises its knees and gets up all its own. This team won’t grow or come into its own until the new core is between 22 and 28 years of age and they forge a new identity, something impossible with Alfredsson, Phillips and Neil and others still holding roster spots.

    But hey, we can always listen to the inspid Shawn Simpson tell us about his latest playdate with Calle Johansson or Joe Reekie, or the moribund Dave Gross recite another humourless, affected diatribe. At least Lloyd and York are still on, though I have trouble listening at that time slot for work concerns. Not that I’ve listened much these days as the last time that station asked probing questions was about four or five years ago, at best.

    There’s going to be a lockout soon and I honestly am increidbly apathetic about the whole thing, In the past I’d be pumped about young Hossa, Havlat, the improving Redden and so on…now I can barely tell a Silfverberg from a Da Costa from a Smith. Maybe some day when they actually win in the playoffs or at the very least are held accountable for failing to do so.

    What am I thinking, Murray is still in charge…

  6. ChokerHater says:

    you have your opinion, I have mine
    his back was operated on, he’s washed!
    IMO
    Good story about the CGS though

    The Lafleur story is I think a little off though, wasn’t he the last guaranteed Quebec player the Habs got in the old cheater draft where they got the top two French players and still got to participate in the draft. I had heard he was
    could be wrong on that but I’m sure if I am I will be corrected

  7. Mike8888 says:

    Hey Bruce,
    Why did you wake him up?

  8. Bruce Garrioch says:

    I like to poke the bear

  9. Kevin F says:

    Didn’t you get the memo Bruce, we had been informed from on high that provocation is very very bad and makes some people whiny and very cranky.

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Choke, it is not a matter of opinion! Can someone have an opion that 1 plus 1 equals 3? 27 goals not matter who the player maybe or how old they are is a reason to celebrate a hockey player wh is almost 40 and far from washed up. How many players in the entire league scored 27 goals….and how many are washed up?

    As for ‘tGuy Choke, this I C&P’d from Wikipedia::

    “The Habs’ general manager, Sam Pollock, was keen to find a way to trade to obtain the first overall pick in the 1971 amateur draft. He persuaded California Golden Seals owner Charlie Finley to trade the Seals’ 1971 first-round pick and François Lacombe in return for Montreal’s 1970 first-round pick and veteran Ernie Hicke (note that the great GM Sammy Pollick was dealing with the narcistic, megalomaniac and hockey dumb Charlie O). However, late in the 1970-71 season the Los Angeles Kings were in last place overall, behind the Seals. The Kings were in danger of “beating” the Seals out for last place, and if this happened Pollock would lose his first overall pick. Pollock traded the aging Ralph Backstrom to the Kings for two players. Backstrom’s presence lifted the Kings out of last place (this has been romanticized to support Pollock’s legacy), and the Seals finished at the bottom, granting the Habs the first pick. Pollock hesitated between Lafleur and Marcel Dionne, but chose Lafleur with his overall numbr 1 pick”.

    Montreal’s 1970 first round pick and…wait for it….EARNIE HICKEY for one the greatest hockey players that ever lived. Damn that Pollock was a genius. He was a genius and all those coaches that won so many Stanley Cups in Montreal were all genius’s.

    The West was so weak back in the expansion years. Backstrom had 1 goal in Montreal the year he was traded but 14 with the Seals. Claude Larose rode the pines in Montreal but became Captain of his team and scored 40 goals when traded (he must of hated it when he was reacquired). Many say Orr’s Stanley Cup winning goal versus the Blues was the greatest ever but I have seen him score many much better than that…his leap in the air was a trip. There have been many spectacular goals scored by others that eclipse Orr’s goal. I have been mesmerized by goals scored by: Lysiak, Bossy, Dionne, Larouche, Mondou, Park, Lemieux, Gretzky, Mogilny, Bure, Nash, Crosby, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Skinner, Eberle, RNH, Hall and many others. Boston won each game by a goal or two but in 4 straight and if the series had been best of 70, they would have won 70.

  11. ChokerHater says:

    doesn’t make me whiny and cranky though, maybe you.
    we need some good topics on here, maybe we should start talking about the NFL because hockey won’t be happening

    good points Kevin

    The Team 1200 is a joke when it comes to hockey, if you unconditionaly love the Ottawa Senators, your in, if you ever have anything critical to say about them, your out. I’m sure the Ottawa Senators pay their salaries

  12. Pav says:

    Wow. Nothing changes. Choke, in fine form – ‘old washed up Swede’ – I wonder if he would say it to his face, rather than hide in his basement behind a keyboard.

    Great post Bruce. I think Alfie is done if the lockout cuts away half the season.

  13. ChokerHater says:

    hahahah your too much PAV, I say it and you take shots at me, but then you say the same thing
    I wouldn’t say it to his face, he’d have to look up too high, unless I sat down maybe
    and the basement comment is about typical for you, one five year old trying to make fun of a grownup
    wait a few years, then you can talk to the gownups

    And he is an old washed up Swede, not to say at one time he wasn’t a pretty good player, he was…….not a HOF type but pretty good I’d say, however, he’s damaged goods now and old, in hockey lingo I’d say he’s a shag now

  14. Bobby Goodman says:

    There are some good things about a potential lock out; we wont have to look at or listen to the Clown Prince of Baffoonery, Dum Cherry or his milque toast side kick! Nor will have to endure Denis Pas Du Vin (mais beaucoup do biere). His nasal drone and homerism is very hard to stomach (did you guys know that a defelection is the best pass in hockey?).

    Nor will we be exposed to Dean on-the-Brown’s humour or version there of. Should I turn on the radio, I may listen to and enjoy the Voice but, never liked Gord Wilson (“excellent opportunity recognition and activation” and many other moronic comments just like that). These 3 like those who were on 1200 (TGOR – 3 Goofs on the Radio, Yorkie (an honest golfer) and many others simply cannot find fault in anything Ottawa Senmator related and as a result, simply lose all credibility.

    Of them, who has suggested that signing Butler was a big mistake. Who said that Daisey was a waste (in the early days he often played when Smitty sat…go figure…I still maintain if you look closely you will find some personal ties between Shawville and Long Sault. Has anyone said that allowing Carkner to go was bad or that Gilroy for Lee was dumb? Do they all agree that Zibby’s bad year was because the team he played for in Sweden had a personal vendetta against him and the Ottawa Senators? Did they all agree with Sly and Stone playing in the post season; or playing Gilroy in the first game vs NYR over Carkner? Which one said that Butler’s 60 games with the team last year was a wast or that the 24 games played by Rundsbad or Da Costa was over kill? They all agreed to Klink playing with Turris and God…that made good sense.

    Yep, it may be refreshing to watch and listen to commentators doing other sports. I think that Jays team do an outstanding job but one of the best lines I ever heard was in the very early years of the Jays and Fergie Oliver (I am pretty sure it was him) was doing the play by play and after a hit he made the call: “….and he slides into the second with a stand up double”. Priceless.

  15. Pav says:

    Oh Choke, little minds, so easy to play with and you are so easy to get going.

    Bobby, what you don’t miss Don Cherry? haha. I am going to miss hockey. But I have to admit that I am glad that I don’t have to listen to Dennis Potvin calling the games. I don’t mind Dean Brown, but man oh man, the stuff that Potvin says is just embarassing.

    At least there will be 67s hockey to watch and go see right? ;-)

  16. Mike8888 says:

    Someone should have told Alfredsson he was washed up last season. He had no idea, and then he goes and scores 27 goals.

  17. Bobby Goodman says:

    …I just realized how stupid (again) I can be…the best of 70 would be 36….I think?????

    I often got into debates with my Dad (God bless him) about who was better, the current players or the players of his time. I have always maintained and still do that they get better no matter what he sport. Athletes run faster, jump higher/further, lift more weight etc. The are simply bigger, stronger, better. period. Why would hockey stagnate. But is it fair to compare eras…I don’t think so. Its fun but not really fair. We used to rent old NHL videos with a buddy Davey Mclintock and my buddies from HP. I got excited to see Hull and Makita and many others but damn some looked slow. The pace was slow the goaltenders were awful. Back in those days many were drinkers and smokers and very few were fitness nuts. Only a few on each team could really shoot the puck. 6ft and190 lbs was huge.

    It may be fun to compare but it really isn’t fair. Sometimes there is a freak who emerges with skills that dwarf the players of their time. The 7′ Chamberlain in round ball, Jimmy Brown was as big as some linemen and bigger than many linebackers of his time in the NFL, Charlie Conacher was a big strong man of his era and excelled in 3 sports including the NHL and then there was Gretzky. He possessed an inate ability to elude. His vision was better than most and he saw how a play was going to develop before it actually did. There was no read/react…he anticipated. He had quick hands and patience (which comes with talent). Was he the best of all time? It depends on the criteria. If its points, sure….but the best player I ever say was Mario and I believe he has the most points per game average over them all.

    One thing is for sure…the league needs to do something to get more goals scored. The trapazoid was dreampt up by a damn fool. Maybe it is time to penalize “illegal formations” so to speak like the 1-4. Give the team with the PP the full two minutes whether they score or not (some say it gives the better teams an advantage but don’t and shouldn’t the better teams have an advantage?). The goalie equipment is far too big…compared to yesteryear, it is ridiculous. I don’t like the diving call neutralizing a PP. Find a better way to reduce the diving; perhaps look at the tapes after the game and suspend the player for a game. Often the so called dive isn’t a dive at all! The league should go the bigger ice surface and allow the skilled players with speed some room to do their thing. I would also like to see the league ban blocking shots. It is dangerous, neuralizes any PP and makes the game boring. Just a few suggestions.

  18. Pav says:

    Mike8888 – was going to point that out, but that type of information would blow his little mind.

  19. Pav says:

    Bruce / Mike8888 / Bobby / Kev, did you see that ESPN report that named the Maple Leafs as the worst franchise in the North America?

    Classic. Ottawa Senators ranked the highest followed by Winnipeg and Vancouver.

  20. ChokerHater says:

    Gord Wilson
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    now that’s A CLASSIC MAROOON

    Ah PAV, I thought we were becoming buddies
    speaking of little minds

    I kind of don’t mind Dean Brown, I find him almost cringing at the fact he has to speak good of his employer
    don’t mind Deano at all

  21. Bobby Goodman says:

    Just bumped into Lehner and Petersson at the ‘Smere. Lehner is tall, Petersson short. When asked, neither knew where they were going to be playing this year. Andre was pleasant Lehner, not so much…but he does sport some awful tats on his arms…must be a professional athlete.

  22. Bobby Goodman says:

    I wonder if there are fans out there who support the players? I think the owners are corrupt and often make very stupid decisions but they have a case (as a note owners have been corrupt. like, since forever: Adams, Patrick, Norris et al). Perhaps it is just me but 57% of the revenues is ridiculous. It still puzzles me how this number was negotiated and agreed upon 7 years ago and why it took until the late summer of 2012 to start the discussions for a new deal. I strongly suspect that in if the roles were reversed, Bettman could be the one passionately defending the poor players and Fehr the inflexible, stubborn Kinght representing the owners….such is the life of a Lawyer.

  23. Pav says:

    Bobby, I am not supporting either. This is all about greed. You are telling me that they cannot come to an agreement where they can both be happy with their millions?!

  24. Kevin F says:

    I did see that Pav, and I was devestated, i prayed that nobody would broach the dreaded subject. gosh ESPN has so much credibility, given their outstanding record of journalistic integrity. The website Deadspin and the outstanding book “those guys have all the fun” both chronicle the veracity of the organizations ethics.
    But lfor the sake of argument let’s suppose that this article or whatever it was is 100% correct. There is no place to go but up. Hell maybe if they were to become a mediocre franchise their motley fan base might be able to go into a rivals building take it over and loudly boo the most popular player in the superior franchises history…. The thought must make Sens season ticket holders salivate imagine the cash to be made from selling their tickets on stub hub to the poor saps. Was that one of the criterion in deciding this ranking? That is selling your tickets to other fanbases?
    Kidding aside, I take these things for what they are I pay no attention to the good bad or indifferent. Has no meaning to me at all. Enjoy em if you like, consider the source. Just crap to provoke controversy and hits, same as Eklund mentioning the Leafs every post gets him hits that’s what a huge polarizing following does. Noticed that even local giant of journalism Mendes tweets a Leaf potshot when he is trying to drum up interest in one of his fanny smooching eye glazing missives Either loved or loathed all but a handful of teams in North America would kill for that position.

  25. Mike8888 says:

    I heard Bettman’s media scrum yesterday. He mentioned that since the last lockout, 29 teams have made the playoffs. I’m trying to think of that one team that didn’t make it. Kevin, can you help me?

  26. Kevin F says:

    Always willing to help out people with life challenges Mikey, it was the Leafs! Interestingly in that period they are in a tie with the Sens in series wins and hardly insurmountable 5 playoff wins.

  27. Mike8888 says:

    Maybe so, but isn’t it better to at least make the playoffs? I mean, even the Blue Jackets,,,,ah,,,,never mind.

  28. Kevin F says:

    Certainly better Mike, just questioning the overbearing air of superiority given the modest margin of success.

  29. OD99 says:

    “Certainly better Mike, just questioning the overbearing air of superiority given the modest margin of success”

    And that sentence sums up how Senators fans feel about Leafs fans as well…to a “T” in fact. Harping on meaningless play-off victories (that didn’t even lead to a Cup appearance) from many years ago has become a classic “go-to” move for many Leaf fans.

    It goes both ways.

  30. Kevin F says:

    Whatever you say troll.

  31. OD99 says:

    That’s a good boy Kevin.

  32. Kevin F says:

    I knew you would appreciate and recognize your own brilliant arguments and methods.

  33. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mendes details the top ten benefits of the lock out and I think it reveals a great deal about the man. We fans are all dumb as spit. He pokes fun at Brandon Bochenski who scored many goals in the AHL. There have been many who have done that but could not do it in the NHL. Brandon also did it playing with Spezza which made the feat that much easier. He suggested in his article he wasn’t “going to go there’, but…he did. As a fan, I love preseason hockey. Mendes doesn’t and I suspect doesn’t get it; we see the”stars” for 82 games, people like me (fans if you will) want to see what the kids can do! The fans who call on the post game shows are ridiculed by that esteemed hockey guru, Ian Mendes. They know the nothing about the game and shouldn’t even have an opinion. Has anyone ever heard Mndes offer an opinion? I suspect not but he is an elequent speaker, he spews without ever pausing to breath and kisses butts in an elegant manner. We fans aren’t fit to lick the shite off of his boots. There is no mention at all that we wont have to be tortured by listening to Dean on the Brown, Yorkie (did you know he played in the NHL?), Gordie Wilson and the others who offer nothing…but a celebration of all things Sens. Yes Ian, you are a genius. Is Ian Mendes actually suggesting that we fans ask his advice on hockey pools??? Ian Baby, get a grip my man. You might get a call from somone asking about “Toastmasters’ but that would be it! If Ian concedes he and his buds spend too much time talking about questionable hits, why do thye do it? Any bets we will continue to hear the cliches once play is resumed and we will hear them from our very own Ian Mendes. All the cliches will return: “play between the whistles”, “it is what it is”, “a rebound is the best pass in hockey”, “we want to get the puck down low and get our cycle game going” etc. etc. etc. and of course Gord Wilson’s infamous and original offering: “very good opportunity recognition and activation” YIKES!!!! Mendes suggests trade rumours are a bore…I, as an ignorant dumb fan, like them. The loquacious Mr Mendes is as guilty as anyone with them and I strongly suspect it will never change. Ian will continue to interview players and ask such conmpelling questions as: “What do you have to do to win this next period?. He will talk to the Murrays and ask questions that we all know the answers to like: are you pleased with the development of Cowen…are you suprised Alfie is playing this well? We never heard him ask: why does Butler continue to play (60 games in total). Why did Rund’sbad and Da Costa play 20 plus games? Why did you trade for Gilroy and why did he play and Carkner sit? Ian, you are and your buddies and all cut from the same cloth; we fans may be dumb and stupid but we have pair, will ask tough questions and are are far too proud to stoop and kiss butt. But is is a job huh Ian…..bummmer.

  34. Mike8888 says:

    I’m suspecting Bobby isn’t Memdes’ biggest fan. :)

  35. OD99 says:

    Kevin I am curious though – do you think I am wrong and that insufferable fans aren’t on each side of the Leafs and Senators rivalry?

    You dismissed it so casually and while I know it was an easy shot to take I do wonder what your thoughts are on that matter.

  36. Kevin F says:

    An easy shot? Maybe but in my opinion totally justified. As you say it goes both ways. I don’t particularly enjoy or feel good about the dumb smack talk, but I believe I have demonstrated that I can give it as well as take. Ultimately it’s a bore and I lose interest quickly.
    Given our exchanges I continue to be surprised that you care at all what I think. I expected thar you would simply ignore me. Either way is fine. While there are some I have no intention of engaging I have no problem with you.
    So to answer your question,if you really want one (sometimes hard to tell online), of course there are plenty of obnoxious Leaf fans, don’t believe I ever maintained there weren’t, I converse with them almost daily and have no trouble pointing out what dummies they are. My point in coming to this little part of the world was originally just mild irritation at being a Leaf fan in a area that became inundated with Sens coverage. As time went on the coverage became, in my opinion, over the top and almost silly in its bias. And no I do not believe its the same in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver to name a few, all of whom have a element of hyper critical media, often deserved mind you. I see none of that in Ottawa from any corner.With the fantastic development of tech, I no longer am forced to listen to the Team or read the Sun sports, there are so many options I can’t get to everything. I drop by here from time to time for a few yuks. As Bruce said “I. Like to poke the bear” made me laugh and couldn’t agree more.
    I wouldn’t take anything I write too personally it’s just hockey and if anyone wants to stick with hockey I’m down. Hopefully we get a season and soon.

  37. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey Baby….I like Mendy…when he speaks…oh it flows with a cadence that is rivalled only by the silver tongued devil, Brian Obama. It is what it is…he is what he is….he does what he does…and….they are what they are and do what they do. I expect it and nothing more…I am hopeful and will forever urge him and others like him to venture beyond their comfort zone (kissing butt) but it will never happen. Mendy’s article did reveal his true side…those honest hockey fans who want to participate after a game and share whats on their mind are all dumb as spit and like me, members of Densa.

    I love NHL hockey and also love to see what the kids can do in pre-season games (that is why I was really dispointed in Sly pulling the plug early last year). Mendy obviously does not. Is he a hockey fan or is he simply and voice…I strongly suspect he is just a voice and a spewer….but a good one.

    Mendy will share what he has been told he can share. He and his buddies will ask the obvious, give us the lineups, support and rationalize every decision/move made. We need them I guess because we dumb as spit fans don’t have access to the Murrays and Eugene. We need the Mendies, Willies, Brownies to, at the very least, tell us the obvious. We don’t need the Pas du Vins, Galz’s or Yorkies though (did you know he played in the NHL?). These guys are should be much more gooder but they are not…assimilated that’s what happened to them.

    Louie De Brusk, Chris King, Mike Johnson, Billy Clement, Tyson Nash and I forget the little guy who does a lot of Western Canadian team games and he too played in the NHL…all these guys will say what they really think. Craig Simpson was good but is now assimiliated and part of the Borg in Toronto.

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