Why did the song have to end, Soupy?

- May 3rd, 2012

Okay, so the headline is an inside joke.
But watching the Capitals and Rangers play three overtime periods Wednesday night, where you like me in hoping they’d go to a fourth? And a fifth? And a sixth…?
I don’t know, I always think that maybe I’m gonna get to see some type of history in the making in these things. Like 11 overtimes of sudden death or something. I mean, Ryan McDonagh only played 53 minutes and 17 seconds. What would he have looked after 100 minutes? How many shots would he have blocked by then? He was already halfway to 16.
Anyway, I would have never picked Marian Gaborik to end things, even though he was the Rangers top goal scorer in the regular season. That was his first in the playoffs since Game 1 against the Senators.
For a guy who earns a team-leading salary of $7.5 million, he’s not exactly what you’d call a big game player.
And who wouldn’t have bet that the Nashville Predators would rally without the boozin twins, A. Radulov and A. Kostitsyn? Think Barry Trotz will re-instate them for Game 4?
I wouldn’t.

Categories: Hockey

Subscribe to the post

28 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    That’s a tough question. If they sit them out agan and win then the move is a good one but Radulov is a potential game breaker so if they lose a close game and go down 3-1, the move would look terrible. They only scored 2 goals in their last game so I would at least play Radulov.

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    Of all the people in the business (players, ex-players, coaches, ex-coaches, commentators, pundits) Dum Cherry was the only one who thought Barry Trotz was making a mistake. Indeed, he called his decision to sit Radulov and Kostitsin, “a political move” and implied it was to manage perception. What hog wash. After the Predators won the game the Clown Prince of HNIC went on to suggest Trotz put he and team in a difficult position as it relates to who would/should dress for the next game! As far as I am concerned, the call is a simple one; after the tough call for the two stars to sit, it is an easy one to allow them to play.

    Trotz, the Rodney Dangerfield of NHL coaches, made his point and it was a good one an several levels:

    - the fans in Nashville, most of whom like we fans in Ottawa are hard working stiffs, learned there are consequences for irresponsible/selfish acts. As much as they may have been upset at the players (and equally doubtful with the teams ability to wint without them) I am sure they have gained some respect for the organization;
    - with the win, they fans were inspired and excitement is contagous;
    - the players who toed the line all year and into the post season know there is only one set of rules and they apply equally to all no matter the situation or who the players may be;
    - for the team to win without 2 of their leading scorers had to make the team that much more confident they have the horses to be successful;
    - knowing they can win with guys like Tootoo the players will have that much more confidence with the reinstatement of Radulov and Kostitsin.

    So, you have my answer, I would most defintely play them. Radulov and Kostitsin should be embarrassed (I am not sure they can be) and if they are, they will want to make ammends to pacify their team mates, coach, the GM and the fans. Both know they are show casing their skills for contracts next year. It has to be a good go in Nashville; the team is emerging as a contender, the city is great and weather wonderful, the Coach is a super guy. As you suggest Mikey, only two goals were scored and the team is infinitely more dangerous with the Ruskies in the lineup. The decision to sit them was risky, but it was a calculated risk. The Preds were successful before the Rad/Kit arrived but, they have been that much better with their arrival.

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey, you don’t need to appologize for agreeing with me. Sometimes, burried in all the “hate” I do can some sense. You concede accurately that Gonchar looks terrified but fail to say the same about Karlie, why? Kuba goes from the outhouse to the penthouse after one season, go figure. Can the team win with all the soft (and some very slow) defence? No they can’t!

    Don’t you find it odd that the Sens want to sign Kelly after letting him go? Isn’t amusing to see all the support for it by the media in this City (the very same who endorsed the trade that sent him away). It made sense to move him (for some inexplicable reason) and now it makes sense to reacquire him. He NOW, can mentor players like Smith (I guess he couldn’t do it before?). Smith is always the one mentioned, not Android who scored only 2 more goals playing with the teams best, not Foligno, Condra, and the host of other ham and eggers. Kelly is a year older and will come at a higher price than when he left, so, somebody please, explain to me why it made sense to let him go and why now it makes sense to get him back?

    Shane Obrien, who the Sens could have gotten for very little, is now being mentioned as a someone who should be considered as is Bryan Allen. These are the very two guys I suggested the team should have tried to get two years ago. Both are very physical, both can take care of business, both block shots and both are CANADIAN! These two wouldn’t be giving “free passes” inside the blueline like the current contingent do!

    Murray drafted Zibby and I say he has potential but could (should have?) have drafted Coutourier. While Zibby was scoring 5 goals in the soft and relatively weak Swedish Elite League, the 19 year old Courtourier was scoring 13 goals in the NHL and he registered a plus 18! The 6-4 Coutourier also has 3 goals and 4 points in the playoffs (plus 2). He plays against the other teams very best and he is one of the two team leaders in TOI! But, this hockey club doesn’t need Canadians and certainly does’t need French Canadians. But they do more Yanks, Scandanavians and Parisiens!

    It is fascinating to me that in Eugene’s open letter he fails to mention the brilliant year that Spezza had:

    - 4th in the entire league with 84 Points in 80 games (+ 11);
    - 3rd in the league in even strength points (no “padding stats” on the PP);
    - 15th in the league in Goals (3rd among centermen);
    - 9th in the league for Assists (6th among centermen);
    - 1st in the league for Points Scored on the Road (42);
    - 1st in the league in Face Off Percentage;
    - 2nd in the league in percentage of Face Offs Taken (35.5)
    – led team in post season with 5 points in 7 games, was + 2 (3 games playing with kids who never played a game in the NHL before);
    - yet his line was plus 6 but the guy “who was Ottawa’s best player”, Alfredsson, had 2 points, was minus 3 and his line a big fat minus 6!

    Spezza is neither a King or God, but is a great hockey player!

  4. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I agree now that it appears the Sen’s should have drafted Couturier instead of Zibanejad, although Zibanejad very much could still turn into a very good player. Before the draft, the knock on Couturier, deservedly or not, was that he didn’t seem to show up for the playoffs and was lazy. That may explain why a 6’4″ scoring centre dropped to 8th over all in the draft instead of going higher. That being said, we will probably be able to assess which player was a better pick after about 5 or 6 years. Some players start off their careers very well and then fade.

    I agree with you about Spezza. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. If it wasn’t for his 7 million dollar salary, I’d feel sorry for him.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey, Coutourier suffered from a long bout with Mono in his draft year; he didn’t shine the way he should have had he been healthy at the world juniors that year and that’s why he dropped in the draft. Certainly all the scouts should have known that! I remember seeing him play as a Junior and he was unbelievable! He is only 19 playing in the best league in the world and he is excelling. I like Canadian kids for a variety of reasons.

    Spezza gets not respect and I don’t get it. He’s made everyone who played with him, much better: Heatley never scored scored 50, or 40 goals again after leaving Ottawa and playing with Spezza. God had his best years playing with Spezza. Michalek had his best year in his career playing with Rocco in the middle and the Android scored only when he was on the first line with Jason. All merely a coincidence?

    Number 19 was 4th in the league in scoring this year, how does that compare with any Sen in the last 20 years? Keep in mind, he accomplished that feat playing with anybody and everybody on the right side! Everyone goes crazy over Getzlaf but he couldn’t carry Jason’s jock strap. What do you think Spezza would do if he had the league’s MVP last year, Perry, on his line? Perry is big, tough/nasty and a gifted goal scorer. But it doesn’t stop there, Getlaf also enjoys the luxury of Bobby Ryan on his line another tough and talented winger! What would Jason have done with the big, very tough James Neal on the left wing like what Malkin enjoys. He also has Kunitz another skilled and very tough winger. If you messed with their centermen, these wingers could step in a take care of business and they often did! I think Michalek is great but he isn’t tough and there was always a zero on the right side.

    This is what drives me crazy Mikey, with 616 points in 606 games (plus 77) and 51 points in 53 post season games, he would be celebrated in any other NHL city but not in Ottawa. His playoff numbers would have been better if didn’t have to play with two kids in 3 games and no legitimate 1st line right winger! He had an outstanding year but who noticed? Since Ottawa was ousted, the Sun and the other newspaper have polluted their pages with stories about King and God. Supersaturation is not in their venacular. Indeed, when Spezza had a bad game, he was the reason for the team’s failure. Not once did anyone point out the failings of the Norris Trophy candidate or the Captain. Spezza’s 5 points in 7 games and plus 2 blew God’s 2 points and minus 3 away but, many including some who contribute to this blog suggested Alfredsson was Ottawa’s best performer. Why? It is like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” but instead of replicating the bodies, the “aliens” have taken over everyone’s mind! Spezza’s line even with a man short, were plus 6 to Alfredsson, Turris and Foligno’s minus 6 but hey, lets not let fact get in the way of a feel good story.

    So, I ask you Mikey, who really was Ottawa’s MVP in…

  6. OD99 says:

    So the Sens played a great series and came oh, so close but in the end the Rangers kitty bar the door technique won out. I don’t see them being able to win the Cup though. If they can make it past the Caps then either Jersey or the Flyers will take them in 6 or less.

    So many comments and so many expected comments it will be impossible to address them all but I will pick out some highlights:

    Vis, once again you expose yourself as just an instigator, not a fan.

    - Arvedson was “the machine” not Dackell but both did account themselves very well while in Senators uniforms
    - The Senators, like every other team in the league fortunate enough to make the playoffs consistently have lost many playoff series with many players so not sure what your point is about Karlsson
    - Silverdud – my you are original. It seems you have taken to sophomoric humour to try and gain favour with Bobby since he is the only one who ever agrees with you and is also a fan of making up names for players. I expect you won’t be making fun of Silfverberg for long
    - Michalek a plug? This comment shows your ignorance more than most of your drivel
    - Anderson actually did come out and shake hands
    - Stone did make a good play on that assist but it was obvious he needs to continue to work on his skating as he was not keeping up the play in transition at all although he will be good in the offensive zone

    Bobby, same old refrain so I won’t debate your views on Karlsson although I will say again it is tiresome to read you post the same stuff over and over…that said, a few notes on Karlsson’s season to match your comments on Spezza. BTW, Spezza wasn’t #1 in Faceoff percentage – he was well down the list but he did take the most faceoffs. In fact, both Konopka and Winchester were better than Spezza on the draw

    - 10th in the entire league in scoring
    - top scoring even strength defender (4 more PP than Spezza – no padding stats)
    -#1 in goals for D and scoring
    +16 and 16th in league for D playing on a team that scored 7 more goals than it gave up
    4th in the league in assists
    Scored more points than any D in almost 20 years
    Had largest margin between himself and other D since P Coffey
    Norris candidate and some would say favourite

    He also played hard the entire series and showed he can be physical when required. He didn’t give himself up to take unnecessary hits even though some (even Sens fans) would love to watch him get pasted into the end boards. Already a star and a hair away from being a super star.

    Very interesting that Team Canada shrugged it’s shoulders when Spezza asked to play in the WC…especially with the Olympics now only a little bit away – I wonder what part of his game they don’t like?

    WAY too early to be passing judgement on Zibby – we have no idea how he will turn out so not even worth a discussion at this point. As for being upset that Silf decided to go back, I like that he has the mental strength to do what he felf was right -…

  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    You’re right Dave, I was wrong again. Indeed he was way down the list, 10th? But, he did faceoff 1700 times which was a minimum of 300 more than the next guy and as many as 1100 more than others who were ahead of him.

    Dave I am disapointed in you actually. You know the game but as much as I will concede bad games played by Spezza you will never do the same for Karlie. For you to suggest Karlie played hard, is just plain silly. If Karlie is not getting points, he is of no value. In 7 games in the post season he never skated with the puck past two lines; he didn’t quarterback the power play; he never used his speed; he didn’t block shots; didn’t hit anyone; was soft in his own end; coughed it up when pressured; never went into a corner; and, he got only one point on a fluke goal scored from behind the red line. Is this playing hard? I have OFTEN said he had an amazing year, but he was invisible in the playoffs, so for you to spew back his regular season numbers is a waste, I know what he did.

    I take it then Dave, you support Hockey Canada’s decision not to allow Spezza to play in the World Hockey Championship? That’s another disapointment. Getzlaf is a better choice? He played in all 82 games this year and scored 11 goals with 46 assists for 57 points. He did ALL THIS playing with Perry and Ryan on the wings! Oh yes, he was -11. He was 27 short of Spezza’s total of 84 and 22 behind in the plus/minus (I know, it’s a meaningless statistic). So these numbers would make Spezza a liability in the WHC? Afterall, he didn’t lead Team Canada in scoring last year, he was only second behind John Tavares. Indeed I was wrong about the Leading the league in FO% (never said I was smart, dumb as spit actually) but he did league the league in number of FO taken; are the other stats are meaningless Dave?

    - 4th in the entire league in Points
    - 3rd in the league in even strength points
    - 15th in the league in Goals (3rd among centermen);
    - 9th in the league for Assists (6th among centermen);
    - 1st in the league for Points Scored on the Road (42);
    - LED TEAM IN PLAY OFF POINTS WITH 5 IN 7 GAMES AND PLUS 2.

    If Karlie played hard with one fluke goal, how did Spezza do playing 3 games with kids? Are you one of the many who suggest God’s 2pts and minus 3 was better?

    No one can predict the future Dave, we can can only comment on what we see. What I have witnessed is Zibby scoring only 5 goals in the SEL and Coutourier (a French Canadian) 13 in the NHL. I like Zibby (he may be Swedish but his parents are Iranian and Danish) but I will say I am terribly disapointed with his numbers this year. Of course you loved Rund’sbad and Butler got Butlered too and it was way too earlier to pass judgement on them.

    I shouldn’t be surprised that you celebrate the 21 year old Silfverberg’s decision to not test his game in preseason against NHLers the way the 18 year old Zibby did (as well as Petersson and Hoffman) but I am.

  8. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    OD:

    No one gives a crap about what Karlsdottir did in the regular season, it carries absolutely no weight in the playoffs, does not give you a first-round bye or an automatic win. When Karlie elevates in the post-season and leads this team to a championship I’ll give a crap about him. Untl then he’s a stat-padding softie like Mr. Toronto Jason Spezza.

    Spezza is Pierre Turgeon. He gets points in meaningless, low-pressure games but when it comes to the clutch in the playoffs he disappears and he can’t make his linemates better. Karlsdottir 78 points in the regular season, 1 point in the playoffs? Spezza a handful of points one empty net goal and another goal that bounced off Neil.
    This is supposed to be impress me?

    Bobby, Spezza is going to be our CAPTAIN.
    A CAPTAIN that goes to TORONTO every summer instead of staying in OTTAWA.
    A CAPTAIN that can’t elevate in the PLAYOFFS.
    A CAPTAIN that has never led ANYONE to victory.
    A CAPTAIN with no championships of ANY kind under his belt.
    A CAPTAIN whose greatest accomplishment is an AHL scoring title after which he was shut down by Scranton-Wilkes Barre iirc…sound familiar?

    It’s not my choice who the next captain is, but if Spezza is given the “C” I sure hope that when he’s along the boards and has a chance to make a hit and dislodge someone from the puck that he does so…and that he carries his team in the post-season and that he takes accountability for his actions instead of going “It’s not my fauly it’s everyone’s fault” and that he won’t pack and leave for Tranna in the summer, leaving the residents of OTTAWA wondering why their captain doesn’t like HIS TEAM’S city.

    Then I read that Don is shocked that some of us here in Ottawa DARE to want Murray replaced. Unbelievable I know but since you guys in the papers and radio won’t ask hard questions I will:

    1)How does Murray making jokes constantly and acting in a folksy manner reflect on the national capital and the spotlight place on its team? This is a city of white collar professionals living from the avails of country folk.
    2)Why has no one mentioned tha tthe Bingo Sens went from Penthouse to Outhouse?
    3)Why play Silfverberg when he has no NHL-sized experience?
    4)Why keep drafting these Euro-softies when you can get Canadians that have cut their teeth on NHL regulation rinks, smaller ice surfaces in a full-contact game?
    5)When will Murray have to win a playoff round? It’s been five years and this assembled team has not gotten it done.

    So many questions and no answers to be had!

  9. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Bobby,

    Ottawa’s MVP is Daniel Alfredsson.
    He was a BEAST in game 7. He played shorthanded about 3 minutes, was on the PP and scored the team’s only goal. As usual, he was a two-way force. He put in more work and more effort than Softzza did and that’s shameful for Jason given Alfredsson is 39 and Softzza is 27 or so.

    Jason got points? Fantastic!
    One of the points was stat-padding after the team was down 4-0 and the game out of reach.
    One point into an empty net. Big whoop. Need I remind you what Al Iafrate said about empty net goals? “They’re for (rhymes with maggots)”.
    One goal nice shot on Lundqvist.
    Shutout in one of the games, Spezza took three dumb penalties.

    Game 7 completely invisible. Spezza without Alfredsson on his wing is mediocre. Period.
    As I said if he is going to be captain here then he and Erik need to worry less about stat-padding and more about an efficient two-way game that keeps games close, in other words playoff hockey!

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    How can a guy who was 4rd in the league in scoring playing with bums on the right side, not be considered for MVP? Who led the league for points scored on the road? Exactly how do you pad your stats? Did God’s 2 points and big fat -3 make him a star in the playoffs? He didn’t inspire his linemates, as a unit they were -6 but, Spezza playing with kids was plus 6! In case you forgot, that means he was on the ice for 6 more goals for than against and that equates to 12 more than God and his linemates! Perhaps if the rest of the lines on the team were plus 6, the Sens may have advanced to the second round. I couldn’t care less if the Captain summered in Ottawa or on the moon; I am not one of the many who think they owe me more than providing entertainment on the ice. I don’t call privildged athletes great community contributors because they are asked to represent some charity and show up once in a blue moon when the media are on high alert. It’s all so very contrived, manipulating, and God building…but the lemmings eat it up. Don’t care! When do you ever see God out in public; he is extremely private and like the Kennedy’s stays on his compound and I say good…we get too much of him all year! I guess he isn’t a leader either; he never led the best team in hockey to a championship, did he? I guess Iginla isn’t a great leader, did Calgary win a cup on his watch? If God was such an inspiration, why didn’t he play with Silfverberg and Stone? Spezza is mediocre withough God? I think it’s just the opposite mon ami. Spezza had a great year playing a bunch of games with Bulter got Butlered, Condra and the Android who can’t carry the puck without falling down. How do you explain Heatley’s best years with Spezza and numbers going south since leaving Ottawa and Spezza? How do you explain God’s best years with Spezza as his center and numbers never coming close since being removed from his line? How many goals did Android score when he didn’t play with Spezza, not many Pierre and he went almost 20 games without a goal until he was reunited. Spezza should have starred with Silfverberg for two games and Stone for one? He still was plus 3 and your MVP, God, was minus 3…inspiring indeed. I was with my girlfriend and bumped into God at the Civic Hospital. Whereas she idolizes the man, I have met many hockey players and haven’t idolized a hockey player since I was 11. I see the man and tell her it’s Alfredsson and she goes up to say hello. He tried several times to get away saying he had appointments and late. I told him she was inspired by him. Only then did he make an uncomfortable effort to treat a very dedicated fan with a little bit of courtesy. There were not flash bulbs and no reporters in fact, there was no one in the hall, just the 3 of us. I stood away and allowed my GF some time with him. He spent 5 minutes with her and bolted. She, a PTSD sufferer, donates her time to DIFD, YKWIA, ROH and Roger’s House and more. She’s a real hero!

  11. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pierre, “Wild Thing” was not a member Mensa and I/we even rejected his application at Densa. I remember how he celebrated after his selection in the NHL draft; he took a gun and shot out street lights.

    You have to wonder what Hockey Canada’s agenda really is and how/why decisions are made. Do they really want to win hockey tournaments? Really? Every year they have made bone head moves to select lunch pales hockey players over stars. Why do we take this defence first posture? Canadians are the best hockey players in the world and other countries should be building teams to prevent Canucks from scoring goals. Russia and Sweden build their teams based on skill! Weren’t Gretzky and Stamkos “7th forwards? Tofoli wasn’t even invited to try out for the WJC team. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was cut but, a year later he is invited to play in the WHC against men. Now to some this may make good sense but not to me and my twisted logic it does not. Interestingly, Spezza was rejected and Nugent-Hopkins’ game is tailored after Jason’s (Spezza is his favourite hockey player). The Nuge pulls on a Team Canada jersey and the older, stronger, experienced Sen watches. Go figure. I didn’t see Getzlaf help in the game the Canadian’s lost to the US. Does the Hockey Canada incestuous clique of incompetents really think a Junior will increase their chances to win games? Are there no better players from NHL or AHL teams that have been ousted? But these are the same guys who ignored Hunter and his .700 winning percentage but named Cam-moron who never won anything at any level as a coach for the WJC. And, these are the very same bunch who invited sons of ex-NHLers who didn’t belong to play. Someone, anyone, please help me understand. I never really cared a hell of a lot what happened at the “Worlds” but this year I do; I care even less. When ever is see/hear Bob Nicholson interviewed I get ill.

    Klesla should have been penalized much longer than the one game suspension. His hit sending the Predator is the most dangerous in hockey. Head shots can cause concuss but hits like Klesla’s can paralyze and kill make me cringe.

    I endorse the Regin signing. It is a shame he has been hurt for the last couple of years. I love players who possess speed and even more when they want and can do so something with the puck on their stick. To some like the much celebrated Greening, the puck is a boat anchor. Regin is one of the best penalty killers the team has. I have always believed that skilled players can be better at all parts of the game; they can be called upon to focus on defence but an unskilled player will never be a goals/point getter.

    LA looks strong and Drew Doughty a horse. He has all the offensive skills but, unlike Karlie, when the points don’t come he can and wilg deliver much more: punishing body checks, blocking shots, physical in front of his goalie, going into corners and retrieving the puck, not being caught out of postion as a 4th forward.

  12. Bobby Goodman says:

    I see Karlie has a point in the tournament; he assisted on a goal when Sweden had a 4 on 3 advantage. Getzlaf has 2 points in 3 games even after playing the equivalent of a Senior A team France. Stefan Da Oatsa touched the puck a couple of times that game (but the few transplanted French Canadians did well). The Junior player, Ryan Murray, looks like a fish out of water. Isn’t it interesting that of all the coaches that could have been selected to coach Canada in the mens WHC Hockey Canada settled on liver lips Sutter? Is it within the realm of possibility that he may be the Coach for the Edmonton Oilers next year? With The Nuge and Eberle in the lineup and of course the ever present Lowe, I strongly suspect the decision to select Sutter was a convenient one. What do you think? With the genius Yzerman orchestrating all the moves where do you think Team Canada will finish this year? If I were Jason Spezza, I would never answer the bell again if Hockey Canada ever came calling. The organization and the core group of the not so secret society, make me sick.

  13. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I was shocked when Spezza volunteered to play for team Canada and they told him the team was full. Since when does the Canadian team not wait until the entire first round is over to add players like Spezza and Richards? I agree, it has become a joke. They didn’t want the 4th leading scorer in the best league in the world? Unbelievable.

  14. Bobby Goodman says:

    Aint it the truth Mikey. But, there is at least one on this blog who supports the decision to rudley dismiss Rocco.

    Who would have thought the Devils would take out Philly. Certainly not me. I have been entirely wrong in my selectins this year. I now have to go with a “…from LA to New York and from New York to LA….” (a movie from the 80′s). It would be a final the NHL Brass could only dream about. I have pick LA to go….all….the….way! Hitcock said they were toughest team they played against and…Drew Doughty the best player! He has been asked by Sutter to play ‘more defensively” and that he can do very well and punish the opposition. As we have witnessed in since his first year in the NHL as a 19 year old, he can score goals too. No single dimension to his game.

  15. OD99 says:

    Bobby, what other conspiracy theories do you believe? Once again you are on the topic of being so much smarter then everyone else – we are all lemmings destined to follow whatever Bruce&Don or the Team 1200 tell us to follow.

    The funniest part of your rants over and over and over and over and over about Karlsson are that the EXACT same things can be said about Spezza – your golden boy who can do no wrong.

    Spezza had 0 points in the first three games of the play-offs and even one might have been able to help the Sens take a 2-1 lead instead of being down 2-1. i would hope that the 4th leading scorer in the regular season and a player that is supposed to help carry a team would have more of an impact – especially a player in the prime of his career.

    Did Spezza block any shots? Did he hit anyone? Did he decide to play tenacious D or to make the opposition pay for making plays? Not one hit on a D during the forecheck – the Rangers knew they could take all the time they wanted when the VERY LARGE Spezza was on the ice because he wasn’t going to bump into anyone unless it was by accident.

    Of course Spezza also reverted back to his old ways and started giving up golden opportunities to shoot the puck as well, happier to make a fancy play and turn a scoring opportunity into a turn-over (but those don’t count, right Bobby? They are at the other blueline…3-1 and 2-1 from the far blueline in don’t matter, only give aways inside the Sens blueline – which Spezza does plenty of as well I might add).

    Or what about his penalties? Game 3, when the Sens needed to keep momentum and maintain home ice advantage saw Spezza take a dumb penalty very early and then proceed to take 2 more. Combine that with his lack of energy and the Sens lose on home ice 1-0 (there was no God to guide him that game and show him what a real leader plays like in the play-offs).

    I hate that I even give you the satisfaction of replying to your constant Karlsson bashing but it is shocking and amazing to me that you don’t see that the very things you complain about in a 21 year old Norris trophy finalist (even the media themselves are lemmings – maybe one day they can see with your clarity) are typified in Spezza’s game. The only difference is that Karlsson made huge strides in his defensive game this season (not 10 years into his career) and that at about 35lbs lighter and 3″ smaller than Spezza he shouldn’t be expected to be a rough and tumble D.

    You also are full of it when you say you give Karlsson credit and call out Spezza – a handful of times you might say Spezza was brutal and I have mentioned when Karlsson has had bad games. I just don’t happen to think he was that bad in the playoffs.

    You only give Karlsson credit within context. He is good for an offenseman, he is good inside the other teams blueline (then go on and on about Doughty, etc…), Spezza could do what he is – even Ryan Shannon could be Karlsson if given a chance!

  16. OD99 says:

    And by the way Bobby – Spazz’s best years were when he was with Alfie and Cheatley as well…it goes both ways.

    Lastly, I LIKE SPAZZ. Giggles is an excellent player and the Senators are fortunate to have him but he is far from perfect and I will say again – the things you don’t like about Karlsson are the exact same things missing from Giggles game so it is disappointing for me to watch you write your constant (and I mean that in the very definition of the word) attacks on Karlsson. Now you are trying to pick his game apart at the Worlds?! Since you love to compare Karlsson to other guys with completely different skill sets I can say I wish Spezza had the heart and drive of Crosby, Malkin, Giroux (name any player who gives a damn and plays like it; how about Alfie?) I wish he would use his body like Crosby, Malkin, Perry, Getzlaf, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Iginla, etc…I could do that all day too but I don’t because I understand that there are a handful of complete players but Spezza, just like Karlsson, has gifts that the Senators are very fortunate to have at their disposal.

    You say you don’t hate but I don’t know I can believe you anymore – how about you are obsessed with Karlsson? For whatever reason you have decided that our superstar, uniquely talented 21 year old Norris candidate is your main whipping boy and you are completely blinded to anything positive he does. I, me, by using my own eyes and my own experience in hockey watched Karlsson, for the most part, play hard and be physical (as the play-offs dictate) during the 7 game series agains the Rangers. Did he have the impact I hoped? Not even close. He had flashes where he was a one man break out and he had the most shots on net (10 more than Spezza) but he also had long stretches where he wasn’t noticeable. It was a tough, grinding series and every inch and goal was hard to come by – if he or Spezza (or if Alfie didn’t miss 31/2 games) or Turris or Z. Smith (how he missed that open net…twice! In game 7 I won’t every know) could have put in one more goal the Sens might still be playing. The series wasn’t lost by one, two or even three players – it was just lost to a team that fought like hell to keep the puck out of their net and had a few fortunate bounces go there way. I do not concede that the better team won.

    Vis, you have your own views but as far as Spezza and Karlsson’s contributions in the regular season not mattering all I can say is it matters enough to make sure the Sens can make the play-offs. I don’t believe that Murray makes the decisions on the line-up but I do know that Silfverberg came off a fantastic regular season and play-offs and with his size and speed he wasn’t going to be out of place there.

    I personally didn’t like that he played – I thought Butler should have played since he had some experience and when he was inserted in game 3 he was all over the place and creating scoring chances while being good defensively too. I don’t think it…

  17. Bobby Goodman says:

    You are right Dave; Karlsson is really good for a guy who is 3 inches smaller than Spezza and 35 pounds lighter. I think you are on the right track, offer qualifiers when describing Karlsson. He is a fantastic defenceman outside his own blueline; he is unbeleiveable when he isn’t pressured. He is very phyiscal for an softie. When the puck hits him, he does block shots. Yep, thats the ticket. The reality is Dave, he did very little for the last five weeks of the season and even less in the post season. In the month of February, he had 4 games in minus category and 5 with 0 and if it wasn’t for his 3 pts and plus 5 game against Winnipeg, his numbers would have been far worse. His disinterested play continued into March; in 4 games he was 0 in the plus/minus, plus one then minus 2 and minus 1. He didn’t carry the puck, he didn’t quarterback the power play and he didn’t use his best asset, his speed. I never expect him to hit but every player in the NHL needs to go into a corner, sometime. If you think this is great hockey, then we are simply think differently. Spezzza in the months of February and March had but 3 games in the minus category. I say a Spezza was brutal a handful of times because that is all it was, a handful of times. Afterall, he did have to endure Butlere got Butlered, Condra, Greening, Silfverberg and Stone. Yes, Spezza gave up opportunities to score and that is why he ended up only 4th in the league in scoring oh, he and Karlie both gave the puck away 84 times and Spezza has the puck on his stick far more often.

    How else might you explain the mass manie but describe the followers as lemmings? Why boo a guy who has 616 pt in 606 games. Why celelbrate a man who scored 2 points and was minus 3 in the playoffs? Why celebrate a scrawny little kid who is afraid and did absolutely nothing in the post season? I suppose Dave you endorse Hockey Canada’s decision not to include Spezza on their roster.

    Would you like to bet another beer on whether Karlsson will get as many points next year Dave? You are a member of the overwhelming majority who love the kid, I am a member of only two who don’t (me and Pierre) and that is fine. I would take Doughty, Letang and a host of others over him and I will predict that Pietrangleo will win a Norris before Karlie will. I will predict that Doughty or Letang will win it next year. For a tiny litlle scared one dimensional offenseman, Karlsson is great.

  18. Dennis_w says:

    Bobby,
     
    You just don’t get it. There’s a big difference between saying Karlsson is great to saying Karlsson is horrible. If it were up to you, Karlsson would be cut from the team. If it were up to the “Voice of Reason”, both Karlsson and Spezza would be cut from the team, preferably by management threatening to spread nasty rumours about them.
     
    Essentially, both of you think the team would be better off without these players.
     
    You say that Karlsson is brutal but you compare him to elite defenseman like Doughty, Letang, Pieterangelo etc..Which is it? Is he in Campoli and Schubert’s class (both of whom you’ve rated ahead of Karlsson)? Or is he an elite defenseman?
     
    I might also take Doughty, Letang and Pieterangelo over Karlsson. But I like them all and it would be no reflection on Karlsson’s skill.
     
    In any case, contributions by you can be summed as “hate everything to do with Ottawa, but love Spezza”. From Visitor it’s “hate everything to do with Ottawa”. Nothing ever new or impartial. You guys are a broken record.
     

  19. OD99 says:

    Wow, I really got you there, didn’t I? You completely avoided anything that resembled an answer on Spezza’s deficiencies and once again took to attacking the Norris finalist and potential winner.

    You didn’t even reply to why Giggles is so soft and doesn’t do any of the physical things you expect out of a leader and someone who wants to win in the play-offs (he is Canadian after all…or is he? In your world all Canadian hockey players will give their blood to win, right?).

    You endorse one of the biggest guys in the league being a pansy who won’t throw a hit or take a hit. His sideways slide while reaching out with his stick is a classic Spazz move…almost as classic as his drop passing it to the other team for a breakaway or one that I love but is rarely mentioned, his blind pass to the slot from behind the net – he did that several times in game 6 and that broke up some good pressure the Senators had because he fired it right out of the zone.

    And you are interpreting my post wrong Bobby, I am not qualifying Karlsson by detailing the size difference between him and Mr. Blind Pass I am condemning Spazz for being scared and soft. Please offer some reasoning as to why the much smaller Karlsson is a scared kid for not being as physical as you like but Spazz isn’t? By the way, Karlsson out hit Giggles in both the regular season and play-offs by a 2:1 ratio.

    Both Karlsson and Super Slow Drag Move had one goal that mattered in the series and both came in victories. Chuckles got lucky on his pass to Carkner (right through the slot – could have given the Rangers a gimme goal) to give him 2 points that meant anything in the grand scheme of things – as the best player in the world and a guy who can do no wrong, I expect more.

    As for the give-aways I doubt Mr. CHL One-On-One Moves has the puck more than Karlsson since Karlsson played almost 5 1/2 minutes more per game, logging more than 400 more minutes than Giggles over the course of the season. Something you will again say is irrelevant is the fact that I would love to see how Karlsson’s game stacks up to Giggles 7 years from now – I believe he will have fine tuned his craft far more than Spezza was able to do at this point in his career.

    You can take Letang now and I will keep Karlsson…he is far better offensively already with far less weapons at his disposal and in 4 years, when Karlsson is 25 (like Letang is now) I expect he will have at least as good a defensive game.

    Good thing that Karlsson went into such a funk for the last 5 weeks or he would have embarrassed Spazz in the points department! Only 6 points behind despite such awful play down the stretch…can you imagine how many more lemmings there would be if that had happened?

    I think Spezza is perfect for the Worlds – big ice and no hitting. But he won’t get a sniff of the Olympic team because we need real Canadians there who know what it takes to win and have the guts to put it all out there.

  20. Bobby Goodman says:

    Davey, Davey, Davey…I didn’t know you hated Spezza. Wereyou one of the Lemmings booing him that fateful night at the Bank. You are so hell bent for leather to defend Karlsson you have ignored his horrendous play the last 5 weeks of the regular season. I have never ever suggested Spezza was physical, have I? As soft as he may be, he goes into corners and retrieves the puck; he doesn’t let others do the work for him. He shows up for games out of town. He wins face offs. He showed up in the post season with 5 points in 7 games and plus 3 so he must have done something right. If King and God were plus 3 and God’s line not minus 6, perhaps the team would have advanced; what do you think Dave? Me smart? Unfortunately I am not blessed that way; I am an honourary member of Densa. I wish Rocco had the heart and sould of others too, but he was upset after being ousted and wasn’t smiling ear to ear and swapping spit with Lundquist like the Girly Man Karlie. Karlie is horrendous in his own end. He doesn’t even make an effort. He exits going slowly for fear of being hit. When pressured he fires it off wildly. You loved his game the last 5 weeks of the year, I hated it, You loved his game in the post season I hated it. You celebrated God’s 2 points and minus 3, I didn’t. You see Dave, you miss the point. I favor defencemen with courage and that is sadly lacking with Karlie. As I have said, often, should you look at the stats, he is far down the list for blocked shots, hits and he is afterall, a defenceman. In spite of what you say, I never see him go coast to coast unless of course the coast is clear. I did see Campbell do it often though. You are a loyal fan I love that about you and most on this blog. I am a hockey fan first and Sens fan second. I will not celebrate scared, one-dimensional offenseman. Whether that be Karlie or anyone else. I didn’t like Rund’sbad because he was slow and scared (Phoenix doesn’t like him either, but you loved him). You loved Gilroy. You have endorsed every move the Murrays have made and I say great, you are a loyal fan. I will ask why two kids (who may never make it) didn’t get a chance to play for the team all year and in the playoffs but the 21 year old Silfverberg and 19 year old Stone did (and why did they play with Spezza for 3 games?). You wont. I suspect you thought that gave the team a better chance to win? It is comical you call Spezza gutless, I’ve heard lots of name calling but have never heard him called gutless and for a guy who loves Karlie, it is pretty funny. I put it out there again Dave, do you want to bet another beer on Karlie’s numbers next year?

    I think you are right Dave, Spezza will not play in the OIympics; Hokey Canada would look foolish if they changed their position and why would they want a guy who was 4th in the league in scoring with plus 11. They are far better off with a guy who finished the year with 25 fewer points and minus 11 playing with Ryan and Perry.

  21. Bobby Goodman says:

    Hi Dennis, I only hate decisions made that do not put the team in the best position to win hockey games; I don’t hate players, but I do hate the way some play? Karlie is a one dimesional kid softie. To me and my twisted logic, I think defencemen need to take the body; they need to go into the corners; they must be hard on the opposition in front of the goaltender; they shouldn’t expose the team by being caught up the ice many times ever game; they shouldn’t allow the opposition behind them and they should be great skating backwards. Call me crazy. I never liked Daisey the Air Rifle; OmyGod’brien works hard but is a bum like Daisey. The Missing Klink has averaged 11 goals in his professional career in the AHL. Butler, Condra. Everyone wanted Konopka out until the playoffs. Gilroy was another soft but slow defenceman. Da Costa got overe 20 games to showcase his emense skills. We got to witness them again when Canada played France. All the decisions made earlier that made the team old and slow (Smith, Richards to Comrie, Stillman to Kovalev and Gonchar, I hated. I also hated the decision to play two kids that never played a single game in the NHL in critical games in the post season over others who have shown they can play tough North American hockey at the professional level. I hated the decision to play Gilroy over Carkner in the first game and Butler 56 games in the regular season and 4 in the post. I hated 2 kids (one who was afraid to try his game in the pre-season against NHLers) playing with Spezza. Why not put them with God for inspiration!

    I didn’t like the Murray’s going after Rund’sbad; to me he was yet another soft offensive defenceman and this team has had many under Bryan Murray’s watch: Bell, Campoli, Picard, Wiercoch, Lee (although he changed his game and is infinitely better than Gilroy), Gilroy, Kuba, Gonchar and of course Karlie.

    I compare Karlie to the others you think (as I do) are much better because Karlie is up for the Norris and some here think he is great. He is great, in only one area getting points in games that don’t really matter. We will see how committed he is to getting stronger. It is my understanding, like going into corners and in front of his netminder, he doesn’t put in the effort. I love guys like: Smith, Neal, Spezza, God (although I am sick with the supersaturation and cannonization), Turris, Carkner’s and impact on others, Michalek, Anderson, Bishop, Lehner. I like Greening but he is a 3rd or 4th liner at best and only if he is physical.

    The 6-5, very physical Schubert scored 9 goals his second year in the league but the team didn’t invest in his development like Karlie. He watched from the press box while Richardson and Smith played. Campoli at that point in his career was better than Karlie on the PP (that is what I said). I like Canadians but Murray will draft yet another Swede. We will soon see how good Silfverberg and Zibby are (could have had Coutourier, a Canuck).

  22. OD99 says:

    Bobby I knew before that I would never see you change your mind about Karlsson but it is just now I realize why. None of your feelings or hockey thoughts are based in logic.

    You love Spezza and every part of his game, completely blind to the fact, or completely dismissing that he and his big frame shy away from contact at all costs. This is because for reasons only you know, you loved him when they talked about him as a 15 year old. At that moment you made up your mind he was great and nothing will sway you from that opinion.

    In the same vein you decided the moment that Karlsson was drafted that you didn’t like him and that he was a small, scared kid. Nothing will sway you from that opinion. The reality of the situation is that the things you spot as glaring weaknesses in Karlssons game are in fact glaring weaknesses in Spezza’s game. For no logical reason you decide one is a terrible player (which in itself is laughable and shows the depths of your dislike more than any unsupportive stats ever will) while the other is a misunderstood superstar whom the masses are too stupid to realize is the best thing that has ever happened to hockey.

    I now understand completely and once again will do my best to not attempt to understand your reasoning (because there isn’t any) but to understand it is just how you are.

    For the record, since you like to make things up about my opinion, let me clarify a few things:

    1. Don’t like Gilroy and if you search the archives I am sure it will show on this blog that I said I didn’t understand trading Lee when he was getting his act together although I did also say that Gilroy is supposed to come with some offensive upside so I was willing to see how it went. Terrible trade and I would go so far as to say I think that move very well could have been the difference in the tightly fought first round loss against the Rangers.

    2. I didn’t like having Stone or Silfverberg inserted into the line-up but specifically I didn’t like Silf being inserted for game 6 when he only had a pregame skate with the club. I didn’t mind him being in the lineup for game 7 as he had time to practice and get adjusted to NA (in game 6 he HAD to be jetlagged). Most of all, I didn’t like them inserting players that would only get a handful of minutes. You won’t agree with this either but I wanted Butler back in the lineup – if Spazza had played with Butlers jump in game 3 the Sens might have won.

    I know you don’t give credit for the Turris trade because you will question why Rundblad was picked up in the first place but that was a clear win. Getting Anderson was a clear win. Stealing Bishop was a clear win for Murray. A few very good wins but it would seem that Murray has too much of your character trait in him – decide on a guy and never let that opinion go. For whatever reason he just didn’t like Lee and despite his improved play decided to let him go…too bad.

  23. OD99 says:

    As for your bet – although it is completely one-sided to you (I mean, Karlsson did things this year that hadn’t been done in decades – even though anyone could do it at any time if they never played D – it’s just that players don’t WANT to score that many points) I will take it too.

    I am happy to get together and buy some beers for the play-offs bet as well. I can drown my sorrows over the Senators loss while you can gleefully toast to the Rangers victory and Spazz getting some meaninless points at meaningless times.

    We should make it happen at the 19th tee – if we buy beers perhaps we can get Bruce or Don to join us. I think at least one of them is Clublink and my membership is on hold but could still get us out at Eagle Creek…I have become a bit of a golf snob since I don’t get to play very often so would prefer a decent track.

  24. Bobby Goodman says:

    Dave, I am not going to talk about Karlie anymore…I am done…my point has been made and we will see what kind of hockey player he becomes. I suspect you are absolutely correct, the bet would be totally one sided; for him to equal what he did this year would be virtually impossible. He is entertaining and gifted but lacks the stuff I like to see in a defenceman.

    I don’t know why you suggest, that I would gleefully celelbrate the NYR victory; you know that’s not true. You see Dave, you bet with your heart, I will bet with what is left of my brain. NYR are bigger and deeper than Ottawa and they have one of the two best goalies on the planet, so why would I bet on the Sens. I cannot stomach Yosemite Sam. I think Sather is an idiot and has authored some of the worst contracts in the history of the NHL. I don’t like looking at Messier anymore and outside of playing the game, what the hell has he ever done?

    Not too long ago you celebrated Spaz now it is all about venom; why? Is it a conscious effort to cause me some grief (you are better than that). If his 5 points in 7 games was meaningless, his plus 3 isn’t and his line at plus 6 for the series with 2 rookies who never played in the NHL previously on his line for 3 of those games, is very impressive; don’t you think?

    I guess Karlie’s 1 fluke goal and zero assists was meaningful. Certainly God’s 2 points and minus 3 helped the team in the 7 games series, right? Sweden and Russia will take their stars to the WHC but Hokey Canada leaves the league’s 4th leading point getter behind; why am I not surprised. Getzlaf came through I see getting 3 assists against the Borat Bombers testerday. The did do one thing right and it is something I have advocated for 20 years, they invited a centerman and he is playing wing. Gifted centermen can easily play the wing and many gifted wingers (if they are decent at the draw) can play center. I allways favor getting the best and leaving the ham and eggers at home.

    I love golf too Dave. I played with yesterday and it was spectacular. It was my first game this year (but I have hit quite a few balls). I would love to play a game. As a side note, I do hate it when PGA professionals withdraw because of an injury when really they are quitting because they played poorly. I like Cabrera and suspect his 9 on 17 had something to do with his withdrawl for “personal reasons”. Baird withdrew too because of a shoulder and several others. One even withdrew before making one shot. Eldrick withdrew earlier citing an achilles heal but, was playing less than a week later. The TPC has by far the strongest field of all the tournaments on tour including the Majors and most certainly stronger than the weak field played in the Masters. It is a damn shame to take someone’s spot and then throw in the towel.

  25. OD99 says:

    Bobby the points I bring up about Spezza are only to contrast what you say about Karlsson. The fact that it riles you up is just a side benefit ;)

    I can’t understand how you love Spezza for being a one dimensional forward yet are disgusted by Karsson being an offensive D.

    I also know you don’t like me to bring it up but I believe age and size are important when comparing the two. A 28 (almost 29) year old vet who is well above the average size for NHL players refuses to initiate contact and who just recently decided it made sense to maybe try and backcheck a bit should have more expected of him than a 21 (just looked, he will be 22 at end of May) year old who is well below the average size of an NHL player.

    As for the plus minus and points statistics – you know as well as I do that many statistics are misleading yet you keep bringing up stats to try and suit your beliefs. Karlsson had a better +/- than Spezza in the regular season while playing many more minutes, plenty of them against the other teams best players yet somehow Karlsson is such a defensive liability. Karlsson had twice as many hits as Spezza in the regular season and the play-offs, yet somehow only he is a scared kid. Do you see from that how I and I believe others are confused about your rational? As for the play-offs if you believe Spezza was a force and Karlsson and Alfie (who only played in 3 games by the way, 2 after coming back rather quickly from a concussion) were the reason that the Senators lost, fair enough, we agree to disagree. Spezza’s stats don’t fool my eyes – I saw what I saw and for too much of series Spezza was just like the rest of the team, bottled up an unable to play as wide open as he wanted.

    You can dislike Karlsson and his game all you want – I don’t think he is even close to as bad as you depict but I do understand which parts of his game would give you or anyone else pause. He isn’t a physical force, he does make bad reads but he is only 21 years and his slight frame does make it harder for him to gain position and battle for the puck, no question,. That said, his defensive game took a huge leap this year compared to previous years and I would expect he will continue to improve.

    Lastly, I may have bet with my heart only because I believed the Sens and Rangers were equal and given the regular season stats (Sens owned the Rangers), the Senators depth at forward and the Rangers youth on D I think it was a pretty good call. It came down to a 1 goal difference in game 7 and the NYR outscored the Sens 13-12 for the series. It was as close a series as it could have been and quite frankly I still think the better team lost.

    I haven’t even touched my clubs and won’t be able to for a couple weeks yet but am totally serious when I say we should hit the links. If anyone else here is a golfer they are welcome to join us. During the week is best for me but I could pull off a weekend round if need be.

  26. Bobby Goodman says:

    Dave, your comments about Rocco only serve to confuse me (and as I have often said, that’s unfair because it is so easy to do). They do not rile me in the least. As for you not understanding why I love Spezza but not Karlie, the reasns are many:

    - among league leaders for being on the ice when goals scored against
    - horrible in his own end and simply does not even make an effort
    - abandons anyone in front of the net (resorts to the hockey equivalent of a “reach around”
    - will not venture into a corner but will get credit for take aways for being a picker after others do heavy lifting
    - is completely invisible in tough games
    - goes down very easily and does the “soccer thing” feigning injury looking to the reffs but, never misses a shift
    - will not hit, will not block shots
    - will not be used to kill penalties
    - disappeared the last 5 weeks of the season (when games were more meaningful and tougher)

    I am one of only two who doesn’t like Karlie. I favor defencemen who do what he does, but much more. To me, there are some things defence must do to be called defencemen and that is why I call Karlie an offenseman. Spezza had a great year this year, he scored 84 points and led the league for points scored on the road! But he is soft and pads his stats. His 84 pts was only 8 short of his best year when he played with God and the 50 goal scorer Heatley! He tied his best goal scoring year with 34 and for most of the year he played with a bum on the right wing, yet, he still had 84 points! How many goals would Perry and Ryan score with Spezza in the middle and how many points would Spezza get?

    Dave, there are hits and then there are hits; I saw Karlie hit somebody once, I think. You put qualifications on Karlie like: for a little guy he is this or that. I don’t care if he is slight, he shows fright! I have never seen anyone jump out of a corner and completely abandon the puck and leave it gift wrapped for the opposition like Karlie. It is embarrassing and impressive at the same time. He is like a mongoose darting to avoid being bit by a King Cobra!

    God was minus 3 and he played in 4 games and that is even worse than I thought! God’s line was minus 6. Spezza and Michalek played with snot green rookies for 3 games and still posted a plus 6! Is that better, worse or equal to God’s line and their minus 6? BTW: Praise Alfie can’t be hurt too bad Davey, afterall, he is playing for his country.

    You keep referring to his Karlie’s age, look at Doughty’s game and he is only 22 and has played in the league sine he was 19. Letang has been playing in the league since he was 19 as well and they will be put on the ice to kill penalties. You reference how slight Karlie is but look at how Turris plays and he is only 5 pounds heavier and 1 inch taller. Look at how the 19 year old Nugent Hopkins plays at 175 and 6′, 1″. I think he was AWOL in the post season you don’t. I don’t like him, you do and that is that Dave.

  27. OD99 says:

    I give up – you just don’t and never will get it.

    Rant away with tunnel vision at your leisure.

  28. Bobby Goodman says:

    Oh, I would love to play golf with anyone at anytime and anywhere. There are many here I would play with: Dennis, Dan, the Pavinator, Potts, Kev (even though he chears for the leafs and likes Lord Burke), Mikey of course, yourself, Pierre, Choke and our hosts. I wouldn’t walk across the block to play golf with Yosemite Sam even if it was on Pebble Beach or Augusta National and cost me diddly squat. Maybe I would though, I think it would be fun to help him look for a ball in the woods and slap right on the hole in his haircut right where he departs it, in the middle of the skullet. I would play with Jone but, I think he would be better carrying my clubs for me. I wouldn’t ask him any yardages though, his judgement is way off.

    Davey, I do love golf and some would suggest I am obsessed. Over the past 12 to 15 years I get out about 12 to 15 timesw only and that is it. If I could I would retire to play golf and drive all you guys crazy blogging and sharing my twisted virgin of the world on ya. Not to worry about playing if it isn’t doable and will can always do a carry over for the bets that were made. It should be interesting what will happen with the Sens the next 2 years. I will be watching with anticipation. I will say one thing, the team is set for the next few years at center with Rocco :-) but will have to shore up the old, slow and soft defence. Maybe Daisey the Air Rifle will again find his scoring touch and score 4 goals next year; that would qualify him for right winger with Spez and Milan! Maybe the team can reacquire Runds’bad at the same time they reacquire Kelly (Bruce and Don wont/can’t tell us the logic for such a move. He will be paid more than what he made!). I hope Silfverberg will do more than the no hits, not shots, no goals and no assist he showed in his two games in the post season and his 1 assit in 7 games in the world hockey championship. I hope questions will be asked to explain decisions that are made that make no sense. I hope the morons with Hokey Canada consider Spezza for future tournaments, allthough Sharp’s 6 points look good, 5 of them were scored in one game against the Borat Bombers. Who says Rocco couldn’t be on the wing with Tavares, Dechense, Toews etc. If Spezza centered Stamkos, the Tampa winger would score 75 goals. I wonder if the Peterssen, the right winger for Spezza the next ten years will get an opportunity to play for the big club. Will OmyGod’Brien still be on the team, the Missing Klink, Butler got Butlered, Dasiey the Air Rifle, Da OatslikeCosta. What will the 5 goal man Zibby do? How will Peumpel and Noesen do? And, will Hoffman elevate his game to be a positive contributor at the NHL level. Will Le Moustache and Cam-moron figure out the PP. Will Karlie break out of his 5 week slump. Will Kuba continue to be the stabalizing force playing with Karlie. Will Carkner be healthy enough. Will Gonchar be traded. And, Will God retire and be Cannonized?

Leave a comment

 characters available