FIRST ROUND PICKS

- April 16th, 2014

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Boston over Detroit in 6: Tough test but I think the Wings can’t get it done. Boston will win in the end.

Pittsburgh over Columbus in 5: The Jackets are a nice story but they don’t have the talent to beat Pittsburgh.

Montreal over Tampa Bay in 6: This is Canada’s only hope. The Habs have Carey Price and Tampa is in tough.

Rangers over Philly in 6: Just not convinced the Flyers can beat New York in a six-game series.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Colorado over Minnesota in 6: The Avs are the upstarts in these playoffs. Don’t think Minny can outscore them.

Chicago over St. Louis in 6: This will be an upset. The Blues lost six straight going into the playoffs. Not good.

San Jose over LA in 7: This has the potential to be the best first round series. I’d say stay up late. Could be good.

Anaheim over Dallas in 5: Nice story that the Stars made the playoffs. Don’t see Dallas going any further.

DON BRENNAN

When I made my picks in the paper, I was kinda caught off guard a bit. That explains why I have Anaheim and San Jose meeting in the Western Conference final. It can’t happen, duh.
I’m changing that to Anaheim-Chicago now … but here are my first round calls.
I hope they’re different than Bruce’s … but if it was a March Madness bracket, I’d want them to be the same as his.
Lightning does strike twice, and I’m talking about Garrioch winning college basketball pools, not Tampa.

Boston over Detroit in five.
-This actually might be a B’s sweep. Sorry Daniel Alfredsson, but while you may have signed with a team that’s better than Ottawa, you should have asked Boston to take you.

Columbus over Pittsburgh in seven
-I’m leaning with the better goaltending for the big first round upset. Along with “Bob”, the Jackets have a bunch of lunch pailers who just keep on working.

Montreal over Tampa in seven
-I’m not sure how this is going to work because if it goes the distance, those fans at the Tampa Bay Times Forum can be pretty rowdy. Seriously. Oh yeah, now I remember. Price will be the difference in Game 7.

Philadelphia over New York Rangers in five
-I’m starting to think the Flyers are this spring’s “sexy” playoff pick. So I might as well take them. I’m sexy.

Colorado over Minnesota in six
-Nobody won more games than Varlamov, and Patrick Roy will tell all those young Avalanchers a thing or two about the playoffs.

Chicago over St. Louis in four
-This is probably a dumb pick on a few different fronts. The Blues forgot how to score down the stretch, but they are still a pretty good squad. It’s also dopey of me to say they’ll be swept when, if memory serves me right, before the season started I picked them to win the Cup.

San Jose over Los Angeles in seven.
-This series will be worth staying up late for. Best matchup of the first round. At least four games go to overtime.

Anaheim over Dallas in five
-Not sure why, but I just don’t have a lot of faith in the Stars. And have Getzlaf and Perry not aged since the beat up the Senators in the 2007 finals?

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39 comments

  1. KevinF says:

    Boston in 5 Wings speed will give the Bruins a little trouble but Bruins superior in every other department especially the cage.
    Pitt in 4 Sid and Geno get it going early Fleurys play gets off to a good start.
    Habs in 7 based only on Carey Price and Bishops iffy status.
    Philly in 6 Henrik fails again Flyers are the dark horse of the east built for playoffs.
    Avs in 7 closer than many think, potential upset.
    Chicago in 6 champs crank it up.
    SanJose in 6 sharks beat Quick just enough.
    Anaheim in 5 Dallas not ready.

  2. Mike8888 says:

    The Sens should not trade Spezza unless they are offered a deal they can’t refuse.

    Bobby,
    Methot never mentioned names when he spoke about players not competing so you are just guessing. Apparently you’ve progressed from just speculating to stating fact with no basis.

    Pav,
    I agree we should all meet for a beer. Even Bobby and Pierre. :)

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    I know he never mentioned names but he did say Karly played a casual game! Who do you think Methot was referring to when he said some don’t compete (especially now that is Kosher to tell all).

    I’m down for a beer…Pierre, Danny-boy…et all.

  4. GOSENSGO says:

    KEEP SPEZZA. The guy is amazing and growing into a great leader. The boys love him. He has thick skin. I could care less about his minus this year. He was hurt and look at his linemates. PM had the audacity to put CHRIS NEIL on his line for 3 games and then Greening and CONDRA??

    Firiging MACLEAN is what should have happened but this fan base is a little to slow and don’t watch enough games to realize how badly we get outcoached every night.

    Spezz you are our boy!! The real SENS army has your back!

    GO SENS GO!

  5. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    That’s BS. Methot never said that Karlsson plays a casual game. Let’s not make up things and state them as fact.

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    No Mikey, it isn’t BS; perhaps one of our hosts who authored the article can confirm it. I don’t know why you find it surprising, his casual play is on display and well documented all year.

    It’s interesting that Bergeron can turn the Candians around in short order but Murray, after six years, has done nothing but reduce the Sens to the bottom 3rd in the league and among the worse in many categories. No one asks questions; or demands more.

    1) The organization never embraced Spezza. They made every effort to turn the fan base against him and they were successful. At the same time they invented a mentor, a leader, a God. Spezza was his antithesis. So, when Annika leaves for greener pastures what does the Organization do? The pin the C on Spezza! Brilliant! If Annika couldn’t lead the best team for years out of the 1st round, how the hell could Spezza lead a team the Sens brass call a collossal failure with awful defence, casual players and poor coaching? Making Spezza Captain (whether he wanted it or not) was doomed to fail from the get go and was futher proof the Management Team are absolutely clueless! No one questioned it!

    2) What system(s) do the coaches use (somebody/anybody). I don’t know what they are but, “they need to be tweaked”! What coaching trio swap roles 2/3rds of the way through the year? What were Cam-morons qualifications? Why couldn’t the coaches tighten up defencively? Why are they willing to accept casual play? Why a double standard?

    3) Why not ask the DAC why he put Philips on the PP? What did he expect Philips to bring with the man advantage? Some here screamed to have Turris on the point in those situatins and it only happened when the year was half over! Why not ask the DAC why he would put Neil with Spezza on the PP (aren’t there others bigger, stronger, better or more skilled?). Why didn’t he have Neil on with Turris on the PP?

    4) Why allow Conacher to go to Buffalo for nothing?

    5) Why did Zzzz get so many opportunities with the best. I read that “he is best when he is playing with skilled players”…..isn’t everyone? I read “he is better when centering skilled players”…that may be true, but are the others better with him in the middle? Its all so damn silly.

    6) Why didn Wiercoch sit for all those games?

    7) Why not give Hoffman the same opportunites Zzzzz got? Why not try Hoffman at center, in OT in a shootout? And why oh why sit him for Kassian. Why Pageau in OT over the Hoff?

    8) Why celebrate Kassian one week and insist he dress for games, but when the season is over, suggest he isn’t needed (others could do more)?

    9) Why did Zzz get more PP time than Ryan and Turris for some games? Why have Zzzz and Michalek start in OT? Was it for their defence? Was it their offence?

    10) Why have a guy who isn’t strong on the puck, wont go into corners, wont cover the front of the net and wont go down to block shots…on the PP? Karly is not a PK guy!

    So many questions!

  7. OD99 says:

    Mike, you telling Bobbie not to make things up and state them as fact is like telling a bear to not go in the woods. It is a way of life.

    So is Bobbie completely ignoring everything everyone else writes and then coming on here and demanding people make a statement – any statement!!! I think that is one of my favourites.

    Anyway, I agree with Kev on all his picks except I will take the Kings over the Sharks.

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    I guess the thing is Mikey, what are the expectations for next year. Do your expectations align with the Organizations expectations (making the playoffs is an overwhelming success?)?

    If the Team missess the post season next year, what happens then; will it change the way you feel about the GM, Coach his staff and the players?

    Wouldn’t you love to see some Class return to the organization? What Owner called others “idiots” publicly? None that I can remember. Weren’t you embarrassed by the “forensic analysis” fiasco? I was. Shouldn’t the Team be the focus? Shouldn’t disputes be settled behind closed doors? Shouldn’t qestions be allowed to be asked and answered? If the great businessman Melnyk extends the contract of someone who failed 3 out of six years to get his team among the 16 out of 30, who really is the idiot?

    I suspect we all want the same, great hockey being played. A game with no passengers, all competing hard. No double standards for play and behaviour. I want to be proud of all the players and have confidence in the Coaching staff and Management. Nothing has happened in the last six years to inspires that. Perhaps I want too much.

    Until next year or should the boys want a beer together, I am out. Have a great summer y’all and thanks again to our hosts Bruce and Donny.

  9. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    You do make some valid points. I don’t understand why Conacher was waived off the team. There were many on this years team that we’re having bad seasons. At the very least, could they have not obtained a draft pick for him. My son believes it was a pure money decision, that they just wanted to get rid of his salary. He wasn’t making very much, so if that’s true, I think Melnyk should just sell the team.

    You’re also right about Bergeron. Why was he able to turn the Habs around so quickly while Murray failed to do the same? I’m also beginning to wonder why the Sens let Tim Murray go. Apparently he just wanted to be guaranteed the GM’s job when Murray retires, which can’t be too far in the future.

    I also think it’s time to say goodbye to at least 2 of MacLean’s assistants, Cameron and Reeds. The Sen’s PP, PK, and over all team d we’re brutal. I do however agree with giving MacLean the chance to at least start next season. Constant turn over in head coaches isn’t always ideal, unless absolutely necessary as in the Clouston, Hartsburg, and Paddock seasons.

    The Sens need to resign Hemsky, Spezza, and Ryan. If Spezza and Ryan aren’t interested in resigning, they need to be traded sooner rather then later. I realize why they did it, but resigning Phillips was a mistake. We have way too many d, a lot of them young. I believe the reason they resigned him was the Sens trying to show some class, after the way Alfredsson walked. That was just ridiculous, but I blame both parties. The Sens should have over paid him if they had to. He should never have been allowed to leave if at all possible.

    Melnyk’s act is getting tiresome. It’s looking like he made so much money with a lot of luck only. He doesn’t appear overly bright and is becoming an embarrassment. We need a classy owner who stays in the background, not another Harold Ballard.

  10. ChokerHater says:

    Looks like Alfie was right
    Detroit is closer to the cup
    hahahaha

    When does the golf course open Bruce?
    I hear Calabogie opened this weekend

  11. Dantheman says:

    Good post Mike888. I agree with your comments 100% although I am rather skeptical about MacLean leading us to the Stanley Cup.

  12. PaV says:

    Bruce, I have to say, I think the best series in the east thus far is the Pens/CBJ series. The intensity is nuts and its great hockey to watch. The west, for me, has to be the CHI/Blues series. Who would have thought that the Blues would be up 2-1 in that series?

    What is everyone thoughts on the Matt Cooke hit last night? I only saw the replay but it looks to me that he intentionally stuck his leg out. Barring the EK incident (CSI Ottawa) – Matt Cooke has a history of this type of behavior on the ice. Its like he is one sandwich short of a picnic when he is playing the game.

  13. OD99 says:

    Mike, some thoughts on your post:

    1. Losing Conacher for nothing sucked and that trade is looking like a horribly lop-sided one but Conacher was not in the long term plans and they wanted to get Hoffman some time with the big club so they had to move a body (not to mention getting Hemsky). I am sure Murray tried to get something for Conacher before just putting him on waivers.

    2. Not sure what you mean by Bergevin turning the Habs around? They have essentially the same team as last year and had another hot start before fading…the only difference is they had a late surge and have been able to play against a Bolts team without NHL level goaltending. Right now they are no further ahead than the Senators were this year at the same stage and while the Sens regressed badly I believe next year will be better.

    3. The assistants have been uneven at best and I think Cameron being allowed to remain is a joke – the teams needs someone to teach D, not be Eugene’s spy.

    4. If the Sens trade Spezza (and it seems everyone in the media believes it is a done deal) this team will regret it and the fans who boo him will realize how spoiled they have been over the years. We have nobody close to him skill wise in the forward ranks and his departure will leave a massive hole in the #1C spot.

    Would be nice to resign Hemsky but I think his production after joining the Senators will elevate his FA asking price outside of Eugene’s range. Personally I like his game and think he was stagnating on the Oilers the last few years – he isn’t a banger and crasher but he plays physical enough and more important goes to the tough areas to make plays. Spezza needs a player like him.

    With fancy stats brought up though the Spezza line with Michalek got absolutely killed in shot attempts for/against. They played in the Senators end way too much and gave up a lot more opportunities than they generated so they do need to shore that up.

    Philips is another who got killed in the fancy stats – really badly. Still hard to believe they signed him for another 2 years.

    Ryan seems to be the guy the Senators are focused on so I imagine we will hear something about an extension before the season starts or he will be traded. Looks like no matter what there will be some turn-over and at least Stone & Hoffman will be in the mix to start the season.

    Eugene is the owner and I thank him for keeping the team in Ottawa but his financial situation is now creating a very tough environment for the Senators to do business. I don’t believe Murray makes some of the moves he does without strong influence from Eugene and the salary restrictions make truly competing almost impossible.

    If the money goes towards retaining some players then there will be some method to the madness but if not…just straight up madness.

  14. Mike8888 says:

    OD,
    You’re probably right about Bergeron. Re Melnyk, the guy is becoming a joke. Usually, NHL teams are just a toy for their owners and the owners are ok with losing money in order to achieve success on the ice. In Melnyk’s case, it appears it is a major source of his income, and if that’s true, he can’t afford an NHL team. His forensic investigation made him look like a complete moron. He’s not as bad as Harold Ballard was, but he’s on the right track.

    There is no way that Alfredsson should have been allowed to walk, unless absolutely neccessary. Allowing him to do so was very disrespectful to Sens fans. It’s appearing that Alfie leaving was due to Melnyk trying to cheap out.

    The Sens need to get back to being a classy organization. Maybe part of the problem was when Melnyk fired Roy Malakr or what ever his name was. The team has seemed to go down hill since. Again, that move appeared to be money related.

    That being said, I’m still a Sens fan and hope they can turn things around next season. They should not trade Spezza, unless he doesn’t want to resign.

  15. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey,

    Bergevin most certainly is reponsible for turning the Montreal Canadians around. The guy returned class to the Organization and he got the team believing in themselves! He has them playing with energy, passion and he has accomplished this by changing the Culture in Montreal! Culture is the set of beliefs that drive employee behaviour – it is essentially what drives results! You can see it in the teams play. There is none of the nonsense that we saw this year in Ottawa (it wouldn’t be tolerated): lack of effort (others commenting on it), complaints, shutting out the press, players not “ready/prepared”.

    Bergevin is passionate; we saw the stark contrast of two GMs when Montreal played Tampa. Bergervin displayed emotion while Mr. Happy was emotionless. I was fotunate to play hockey in Hull for two years and can tell you passion/emotion is contagious.

    Bervevin took over a team that was 28th and look at where they are now. I wouldn’t describe them as small, slow, cowardly, soft and iligitimate; would you Mikey?

    The first thing he did was surrounded himself with qualified and experienced people on whom he wasn’t afraid to ask for opinions and to listen to them (novel thought!): Rick Dudley, Larry Carrier A/GMs, Scott Mellanby as Director of Player Personnel, Martin Lapointe as Director of Player Development and Michel Therrien as Head Coach. Other additions included Gerard Gallant, J.J. Daigneault and Clement Jodoin as assistant coaches, and Bergevin also appointed former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois as Player Development Coach. Check out all the ex-NHLers Mikey! He and most of his management team played many years in the League!

    You will hear the word “character” coming out his mouth incessantly! He is a firm believer there is no need for a 3 or 5 year rebuild but rather if a team drafts well with “character” players, the team can be competitive every year! He and his team do not suffer prima donnas well (see how they have treated Subban).

    They bought out some of the dumb contracts by previous GMs (Gomez, Kaberle etc). They signed: Prust, Pirce long term, bridged Subban, Pacciortetti, Desharnais, Briere, Boullion, Budaj. He picked up Weiss and big, hard skating 4th liner. At the trade deadline they acquired a top scorer and steady defenceman.

    They drated a character kid in Galchenyuk (an absolute steal) and a potential star Sebastian Collberg, Jacob de la Rose and Furcale (a very good goalie who could be Price’s future back-up). . This year he drafted big with Michael Macarron and he signed a very tough Stittsville native Jack Evans (6-2, 215). With Tinordi they will add lot more size and tougness to the lineup.

    He allowed kids like Tinordi, Bournival, Beaulieau to play in the manures and develop!

    Bergvenin will allow RFAs Gionta, Murray and Parros all go and save 8m to add more pieces

    Bergevin has been absolutely critical in the resurrection of the Canadians!

  16. KevinF says:

    Collberg was traded for Vanek. All scouting reports indicate his development has been a huge disappointment may never play in the NHL according to many accounts I have read.

  17. Bobby Goodman says:

    Indeed, Collberg may be a bust, but he was a player the GM used to acquire Vanek. So far, Vanek has really helped the hockey club.

    Whether Collberg pans out or not doesn’t change the fact that the Habs, under Bergevin, have made great strides in the last 2 years and they will be bigger, younger, faster and even better next year. I share Bergevin’s philosophy; having to resort to a rebuild is testimony to failure! Competent GMs (especially one that inherited a young, talented team with lots of promise) should pay attention to the present as well as future of the team! I never understood the notion that a GM wakes up one day to discover the team he built and rebuilt got old, slow or talentless and couldn’t compete! It’s absolute nonsense of course.

    I look at Columbus, Dallas, Colorado and Montreal as shining examples of what can be done with sound and skilled leaderhip, a detailed plan and zero tolerance for nonsense! Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen in Ottawa anytime soon. The Coach and his Assisants should be let go but they wont. The Assistants should never have been hired in the first place (especially Cam-moron). Silly bugger is allowed to run amok in Senatorland.

    What do Sens fans truly expect from the hockey club next year? If the team misses the playoffs, would that too be, acceptable? With Spezza (and Hemsky) all but gone, the team doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell to see post season play. Would it then be time for yet another rebuild and how long do we fans have to wait (again) for something to truly celebrate?

    The Sens will miss the playoffs next and the Coaching staff will be let go (they will be added to the 11 already dismissed by the GM). Richardson will take over the duties (but wont be allowed to hire his own Assistants). Murray will relenquish the GM duties to one of the..ahem…AGMs but will stay on in an executive advisory position and the nonsense will continue.

    The rot must be purged to move forward. It happened in Dallas and the other teams I mentioned. I truly believe there needs to be a clean sweep and a new team should take over with a blueprint to revive the Organization and Team. Will it happen? Sadly, I don’t think so.

    San Jose better win the next game if they hope to see the second round. The Dallas – Anaheim series has been viscous. I’m pulling for Dallas. I knew the Columbus Pens series was going to be hard but not this hard! Dubinsky could play for my team. I am really looking forward to the Montreal – Boston series; it will be a lot of fun to watch.

    It is amazing how these players can elevate their games to this fever pitch pace and extremely physical level after 82 games in a compressed schedule. What a glorious game hockey is.

    Annika didn’t lead his team again this year. At least he didn’t announce to his team mates and the world they didn’t stand a chance. With 7 minutes of PP time yesterday he didn’t register a point or a shot.

  18. PaV says:

    Oh Man, I thought that the rants would stop….!

  19. FKevin says:

    Wow, you bailed pretty fast on the “potential star” there. Guess you were just blowing smoke out your, um.. Hat there huh? Kinda makes a person wonder home much of the volumnous output, is just half baked semi informed piffle.

  20. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Don, I heard you on the radio wonder why more people haven’t made the trek to Bingo.
    Simply put, Bingo is a hole and if I want to visit a hole in the ground I can drive to Montreal Road or MacArthur Avenue and visit Vanier, so why spend money and time doing so in Bingo? I only went to see Bingo in town when I got free tickets (silly me got stuck with them, no one else wanted them), just not enough elite talent to keep me interested.

    Bobby, I agree on Dubinsky! I wasn’t pulling for either team but he plays the game with speed and aggression and wrapped a blanket around Sid Croby. That merits some talk no?
    San Jose are in danger of pulling an ultimate collapse and blowing a 3-0 series lead to Los Angeles. At what point will the finger be pointed to Doug Wilson? Lauded as God here in Ottawa, he’s assembled good pieces but ulimately has never found the right defensive and goaltending mix to push the team over the top. Like other local boy Murray the owner seems oblvious to his constant failures.

    Oh, I agree Bobby that there needs to be a clean sweep at he top in Ottawa, but Melnyk is in love with Bryan. He prefers losing with him than winning with someone competent and accountable. C’est la vie, perhaps another year of missing the playoffs will get Melnyk to finally wake up and ask hard questions? Unlikely, it’s not in his nature to demand success and accountability, just blame the captain, the media, the other players, the fans…

  21. Bobby Goodman says:

    The hockey gurus say Toews is a better “leader” than Crosby but I dsagree; both are great but Crosby is better in every way.

    They say the Hawks’ two Stanley Cups (Crosby and the Pens won one) is testimony to Toews “leadership”. I think (as always) it is has far more to do with the depth of the team, than a particular player. The Hawks are deep in talent, all can skate an they can effectively roll 4 lines! They may have the best defence in the entire league with two perennial Norris Trophy candidates!

    This year the Penguins lost 529 man-games due to injury, by far the most in the NHL, but the team ended the regular season with 109 points second only to Boston in the Eastern Conference. Even though the Team was decimated by injuries, Captain Crosby won the scoring championship with 104 points, 17 more than his closest rival Getzlaf. Chicago lost 179 man games and finished 4th in the extremely tough Western Conference. Toews, with Hossa and Sharp (30 and 34 goals respectively), accumulated 68 points this year, 36 less than Crosby!

    Sharp and Hossa have been stars for a long time, Kunitz and certainly Pascal Dupuis weren’t. At 34 Kunitz had his best year ever in the NHL this year. Pascal Dupuis is 35 and was posting the best numbers of his career the last 4 years (when the 3 were united).

    Game after game Crosby is tested by the very best and these playoffs are no exception. The gurus question his leadership but the Pens won their series in 6 games. Had they won in 6 and he had 4 goals would he have been a better leader? He fought through, perhaps the best and toughest shadow I have seen in over 30 years! Dubinsky played him extremely hard and Crosby had to fight for every inch! Getzlaf had 7 points in 6 games and he is the ultimate leader, but Crosby fails? Both teams advanced in 6 games!

    Do the pundits forget that Seabrook had to skate over to his Captain and have a talk to encourage him to regain his composure last year? Is Seabrook a leader? Is Duncan Keith a leader? What about Hossa, Cain, Sharp? The answers of course is yes, yes, yes, yes and yes!

    The papers write how Malkin finally broke a sweat in the Pens win last night, did the Black Hawks have their second (3rd, 4th or 5th…) best player coast through 5 games?

    Its all so very silly. It doesn’t matter if you like Crosby or not, he is the ultimate leader and he proves it every game no matter who they play. I don’t think anyone other than Crosby could have registered 6 points with the way Dubinsky was checking him but it didn’t matter, with Dubinsky focussed on Crosby, others were freed up. Everyone on the Pens had to be inspired to witness Crosby fight through the tough checking.

    Annika had one of the best teams in hockey for many years, never won a cup and he is a one of greatest leaders”!? Getzlaf wins one Cup and he’s a great leader!? Crosby wins one and at 26 he may win more but he isn’t a great leader; why? It’s all so damn silly.

  22. Bobby Goodman says:

    Bailed…really? I thought I was commenting on what Marc Bergevin accomplished in his brief stint as GM. I guess I was wrong. Since I never saw the young Swede play I had to rely on what has been written about him.

    I only offer my dumb ass opinions and if you want to find find holes great, by all means be my guest….knock yourself out. I would love to hear what you may have to say.

  23. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I’m starting to agree with you more and more. There is no way that Karlsson would have been allowed to take so many games off in Montreal. The Sens need to bring class and accountability back to the organization, and that starts from the top down. Can Melnyk do that? I suspect not. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The Sens should not trade Spezza, unless he won’t resign. My girlfriend thought she saw Spezza drive by her in a Range Rover in Wellington Village today. (east of Westboro)

  24. PaV says:

    I could have sworn Bobby said he was leaving us for the summer – maybe it was a wonderful amazing dream. It looks like his cheerleader in Visitor – Pierre D is back. Waving his pom poms.

    Looking forward to a few games sevens – I still think the Flyers can take the Rangers at home.

  25. Bobby Goodman says:

    I think the Avalanche, Philly and unfortunately LA will win their games tonight.

  26. Mike8888 says:

    If San Jose loses tonight, I suspect there will be some major changes afterwards. I do hope that Philly and San Jose both win tonight.

    Pav,
    I knew it was too good to be true. :)

  27. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav, I think you should celebrate, the only time you come here is to protest me coming on here.

    Mikey, it could be Spezza but I thought he summered in the Toronto area. I heard Y3 say that Spezza was gone baby gone. He said if he was Spezza, he would want out because of the way he’s been treated by the fan base. We wont know for sure what is going to happen but suspect we will before the draft. Spezza is in the drivers seat right now; he can bide his time until he is a free agent if a particular trade doesn’t please him. I strongly suspect he and BM have had a chat and the GM knows where Spezza would like to go. It then comes down to what the Sens get in return.

    I would bet a cold one he is gone and going to the West coast. If he goes, it all but assures Hemsky leaves too (he may have left anyway as some team will certainly offer more than the Sens will). The potential free agenst have witnessed what’s gone on here in Ottawa for the last 7 years and will take notice will happen this summer. It certainly wont encourage the great ones to take up roots in Ottawa anytime soon. As you say Mikey, there is no class here and there is no chance the Team will be a competitive one. Players like Vanek will sign with Montreal but they wont be willing to play for the Sens.

    It will be interesting to see what will happen in the next 12-18 months; Ryan is another who has one year left on his contract.

    What is your call in the games tonight? What do you think the slow, small, weak, cowardly, untalented, unworthy and iligitimate Habs will do against Boston? I think they beat the Bruins 3 out of 4 times this year. I say they will win IF Price is on his game (there is little to choose from between him and Rask and…Rask may be better).

  28. Bobby Goodman says:

    I got to give credit to NYR and Minni, they deserved to win their series but for the 2nd year in a row the Kings beat out San Jose primarily because of the goaltending. Boyle did his best to look annoyed, intimidate and embarass a member of the media who questioned if the team played like they knew they had 3 more chances…after going up 3 – 0 but the reality is, they did! The Sharks should have burried the Kings in the 4th or 5th game but didn’t. I wonder if Wilson will survive this. If he does, he may want to think about shoring up his defence.

    We got to see Doughty play in the Olympics along with all the other great defencemen in the league and to me, he was the best. Chara, Keith and Weber are the Norris finalists (all deserving) but in my mind, Doughty is better. Drew Doughty can play any way the coach wants. He can thrive in a very physical contest, a wide open, high scoring affair or a defencive snooze fest. The best D doesn’t necessarily win the Norris trophy every year. Letang is getting stronger, better every game. He will be very good versus the NYR.

    If Vancouver stays with Yosemite Sam it will be another blunder on their part. From what I understand the call hire him was made by the Owner(s) so who knows what their decision will be but, by hiring Linden, they put the decision in his hands. What semi-inteligent GM would ever give Yosemite a 5 year deal?! He is an unconscious incompetent, an arrogant fool and a total embarrassment. I think the Ranger players are very thankful he’s in BC and they are playing like it. It didn’t take genius to predict the Canucks would fall apart this year!

    Boton vs Montreal……should be fun!

  29. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Bobby, what do you think of this whole San Jose shlamozzle? Thornton is being called a choker and all that but the Kings are one of the harder teams out there to play against. Doughty is what I wish Karly would be, a defenceman able to fire the occasional bullet or great pass to create offence but airtight in his own end. I found it absolutely laughable that others were arguing for another Norris for a guy who is absolutely allergic to defensive play.

    So Eugene Melnyk is worried about P.R. over a second captain leaving the organization. He needn’t worry as Bobby has amply pointed out, Spezza has never had a fair shake in this town. He will go and will be replaced with an average player who will be elevated to god-like status, and even moreso if he fights or lacks talent. Spezza will probably end up in St. Louis or Toronto where he’ll help a team make the playoffs or even beyond. Meanwhile the Senators get less and less talented every year, with less and less playoff experience every year, with less and less accountability toward management every year. Here’s a good idea for P.R. for Melnyk. Simply state that the continued medicority is not acceptable, and that if this team does not reach at bare minimum the conference finals this coming season that there will be wholesale changes at the management level. Emphasize that simply talking about prospects does not suffice and that excellence is required for jobs to be kept.

    Will he doe that? “Probably not.” When you’re afraid of the general manager and his assistants you’re not likely to hold them accountable, are you?

  30. OD99 says:

    The Sharks need to be blown up.

    Even though I don’t buy into players not being leaders if they don’t win the Cup (unless you play for the Senators apparently) for them to rarely get out of the first round with all that talent is a shame. The Senators went through it and I think it is because the play-offs are hard and you play tough teams but who knows what the label will be for this team.

    Too bad the Avs lost – what a crazy game 7.

    There are rumblings of a Spezza rally on Parliament Hill but not sure if it will be organized well enough. It is also the May long weekend so I will be off camping or I would have gone by.

    I just don’t want the media to cover an event with 15 people showing up…that would be much worse than not having a rally.

  31. FKevin says:

    Opinions are what this is about, and I welcome any that are above the gutter. What I have a problem with is when the stated rationale for said opinions is at best sloppy and at worst downright dishonest and are shaped and fudged to fit the original point of view. The collberg stuff is a symptom of this in my opinion and isn’t a isolated instance.
    The Sharks have fooled me for the last time, I think, they and the Flyers to a lesser extent have blown up every pool I’m in.
    Leadership is a difficult thing to measure all that is clear is that when you have it you know it, like the Hawks and when you don’t, you disappoint time after time. Seeing Jumbo and Marleau staring blankly as time winds down on yet another playoff loss reminded me of Alfie, Phillips etc when the Sens should have contended for the cup.I think the comparison is valid in that what you have is a top 2 or 3 team in terms of talent, that doesn’t have the intangible side of things that provide the extra gear to go all the way.
    That’s what the advanced sta guys refuse to acknowledge, you can’t make a pretty graph based on heart, smarts and pure old fashioned will to win.

  32. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pierre, I don’t know what to think of the San Jose loss. After going up 3 – 0, I thought they would win their series against LA in 4 straight. Perhaps some on the team believed it was a best of 5 (huh Boyle)! I really like the SJ players and think it is a damn shame. Like Iast year, goaltending was the reason for the loss. They launched 40 shots at Quick the last game! I am not a big fan of their defencemen (Boyle, Vlasic, Braun, Hannan, Irwin, Demers and Stuart). I never saw anything in Hannan’s game that warranted his selection for Team Canada (he must be buddies with someone important). Vlasic is the best by far and he is a far cry from Doughty. But if you take a close look at the losses you have to say (and it pains me to say it) the Thornton line needs to shoulder the bulk of the blame. Perhaps they need to focus a little more attention on goal prevention and perhaps the Coach should have changed direction!

    Jumbo has been labelled a choker when the team needs him most; I don’t like it but this is a results oriented business.

    I don’t think anything will happen to the GM. They can’t blow the team up; some are locked under contract for the next few years. But, the GM could find better goaltending (Niemi’s 889 svp was God awful), some bigger, stronger and better defencemen and perhaps a Coach who can think on his feet and have the courage to make the call no matter who it may offend. I have always believed if the goals aren’t happening for you, you need to find other ways to contribute. There really is no excuse for San Jose losing 4 straight after going up 3 – 0.

  33. Bobby Goodman says:

    You are a strange one Kevin…but you have been consistent. You don’t have to read what I may write. You have been jaded since I called out one your faves, Lord Burke. He must have meant something special to you. You and I are very different; I don’t celebrate conceited, arrogant, narcistic, incompetent cads…you do.

    Sloppy and dishonest? Sloppy I can understand but I do take exception to dishonest. I have never knowingly posted a lie. When I chase down information, I like to think it’s factual, like the Collberg thing. What is your opinion of Collberg? I suspect it is the same as mine…I don’t have one! I had to go on-line to find out about the kid! This is sloppy or dishonest? Besides Kevin…the theme of my posts was what Bergevin accomplished in 2 years and has very little to do with Collberg.

    You have made submitted some great posts and suspect you’re an inteligent man, so I am confused why you are so offended by what I have to say about Lord Burke. He’s not with MLSE any more…is he? I guess I am just old fashioned… or just old…but I don’t particularly care for men who leave their wife/family for a much younger woman and move 4k miles away. Father more children and leave them. Rumoured to be fraternizing with young females with the same company they work for. Rumoured to be out and chasing young girls at night. Rumoured to have fathered another L’il Burkey with a Sportscaster….damn he is the subject of a lot of rumours, don’t you think Kev?

    Even if all the “bad behaviour” was false, he is still a arrogant jerk! He doesn’t even know that many are laughing at him. He and Yosemite Sam are cut from the same cloth!

    If are are willing to invest 20 seconds to read my tedious posts, please point out the lies. I guess it is the way of the world Kevin; f you don’t like…..then hate.

  34. OD99 says:

    How ugly people can be. I am behind the times I guess because I am not a social media fan but this is an example of how disgusting it can be. Cowards who hide behind the anonymity of Twitter.

    I don’t really care for P.K’s antics and I would prefer that the Habs had lost but to sink so low?

    Maybe we can swap Thornton for Spezza? I would do that trade but I don’t think the sharks would.

  35. KevinF says:

    Not going to be sucked back into your vortex of dumbbell ness Bob. That you can’t grasp that I am offended not by your criticism of Burke ( whom I don’t give a damn about by the way) but by your perverted interest in his and others personal lives, is why I can’t take anything you say seriously. Burke or Karlssons marital status mean nothing to me. I only heard about the kids troubles here. I feel bad for him I’m sure his difficulties have affected many others. It’s not any of my business. I care only about the product on ice.
    Cluck and get your jollies over who’s banging who, as you say knock yourself out. I won’t be part of it. You have the right to repeat the same things over and over and have the lads react to them, it seems nothing pleases you more (except maybe some sexy gossip! ?). I will return to not paying any attention.

  36. KevinF says:

    For the record you are correct, I have no opinion of Collberg I’ve only seen him play in handful of world junior games. The difference between you and I is I don’t pretend to have knowledge of him and label him a potential star to boost my argument. I agree that Bergevin has done a good job. Manufacturing supporting points is hardly necessary but if you are prone to that type of thing, again knock yourself out.

  37. Bobby Goodman says:

    But of course Kevin, you don’t pay attention to the gossip…and perhaps that is what may be wrong with society…more frequently people like you don’t give a damn. Yes, I am sure you truly believe I troll around looking for smut and then take great pleasure to post what I have learned here…for all 5 to read! You are probably the type of guy who doesn’t give a damn that Wild Billy Clinton abuse of power as President and had for many years from his early days in politics. That’s rumour and hearsay too. As a loyal Leaf Fan what’s your explanation for why Burke was let go by MLSE? As I have said, whether Lord Burke is guilty of the multitude of iligiitimate rumours or not (damn the media have it out for him, huh Kev), the man is a jerk! He didn’t do anything in Vancouver, he inherited a Stanley Cup team in Anaheim and has diddly squat since…but he made headlines and he colored his hair golden yellow and go it greased back like Oil Can Harry.

    It is sad you had to stoop to inferring I needed Çollberg to make my point that Bergevin has done a masterful job with the Habs. Your smarter/better than that. Lets assume I am guilty of manufacturing the information (I actually never even heard of Collberg until I researched Bergevin’s drafts and stole the information), did it in any way change what Bergevin has done in his two years as GM?

    Perverted interest in other people’s lives???? C’mon Kevin…is this your tactful way of delivering a low blow? If so, I learned a long time ago to consider the source. If it came from someone who was disgusted by bad behaviour it MAY have a meant something but certainly not from someone who celebrates it. I prefer people with class to own, run and play for my hockey club. The “poor kid” tweeting his hockey bunnies about push up bras and breasts that don’t fill them doesn’t represent class or good behavior as far as I am concerned. But it was consistent with his crass behaviour of a spoiled kid who banished the media this year. Oh, I don’t think he is hurting…he has already announced he “has another girl”! Like the rest of the smut I go searching for, I didn’t have to go far, I found it in the Ottawa Sun. I suspect you read it too Kev.

    “Your offended”? Kev-in. Stop it. You gleefully posted we were all going to be sued by Lord Burke and it wouldn’t surprise me you wanted to in his camp, pointed his agents this way. I’m offended at the notion none of this stuff offends you! I am curious, what is the character trait that imnpresses you most about Lork Burke…what about his skills. There must be something that inspires you Kevin, you fight so dman hard for his honour!

  38. KevinF says:

    Last reply you’ll coax from me, I won’t feed your maladjusted ego, your lack of comprehension of what you read is staggering. Don’t care = celebrate, immoral actions by you make you the champion of morality, wacky thinking.Guess it’s cause your constantly in transmit mode and are incapable of receiving.
    There was no tact in my statement regarding your perverse interest in others foibles and shortcomings just calling them the way I see them and nothing made up or twisted to fit my opinion just the facts. I was raised to believe that those who gossip are every bit as trashy as those who act. Have nothing to do with either is advice that will be with me forever.

  39. PaV says:

    Kev – I had no idea that you fought so DMAN for your honour. Dealing with the immature child should be dealt as such. Place him in a corner with a dunce cap on and ignore him. Bobby hates EK – and I actually mean hates. He hates everything about him because he isn’t Canadian. Anyone who is non-Canadian, Bobby tends to discriminate against. Its pretty sad actually. He talks a big game, but in fairness he hides behind his keyboard and spouts out pure nonsense. Rather than responding, just feel bad for him.

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