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Kaberle, Modano, Hull, Avery, Rentals, Caps & Raps… Oh My

I love this quote from Bruce Arthur. Can’t you just picture the scene in the Leafs locker-room, all the regular’s are gathered around Kaberle’s locker, they ask him about his NTC:

“”We haven’t spoke about anything, and obviously my status stays the same,” Kaberle said with an air of finality. “We can talk about tonight’s game if you guys want to.”

After a pause, one sharp reporter said, “Not really.”

That is right out of a SNL skit… whom do you think the “sharp reporter” 10:1 Howie 5:1 Jonas

Oh to be on the Dallas Stars next flight with Modano and Brett Hull… Let’s see, sitting in 11 a is Mike Modano, here is your boarding pass and in 11 C is Brett Hull, here you go…

“”I think we would have analyzed (the signing) a little bit more over the summer before you go into the free-agent market. Do a little more homework and detailed analysis (and get the opinions) of players who have played with him, or how guys feel about it,” said Wednesday the 19-year veteran.
“It could have been avoided, I think, but I think (co-GM) Brett (Hull) felt having him as a teammate (while with the Detroit Red Wings), he saw something in him. “Talent-wise, he’s a very skilled kid. But I think character-wise and his personality didn’t blend with the criteria that we’ve always had as Dallas Stars. Since Bob Gainey was here, we implemented a kind of personality and character-figure in Tom Hicks. That’s kind of where it went off and tail-spinned, and got corrected.”

One word…. Ouch…Gotta love when a guy like Modano suggests that maybe, just maybe it would be a good idea to do some , ummmm, what’s the word for it, oh yeah HOMEWORK before signing a player…. The fact that he references Bob Gainey is even more classic.

Good job of accumulating a list of rental players from Kevin Allen in his USA Today hockey blog:
Jay Bouwmeester (Florida)
Keith Tkachuk (St. Louis Blues)
Mathieu Schneider (Atlanta)
Andy McDonald (St. Louis)
Nik Antropov (Toronto)
Doug Weight (New York Islanders)
Bill Guerin (New York Islanders)
Gaborik (Minnesota)
Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo)
Sean O’Donnell (Los Angeles)

Another great quote: “Citing declining sales, the CBC has pulled out as a carrier of Toronto Blue Jays telecasts.” William Houston, Globe and Mail. There is no surprise that the CBC balked at a rate of $150k per game to broadcast the Jays games. “Beeston said 145 of the Jays’ 162 games will be televised, 125 on Sportsnet, which is owned by Jays proprietor Rogers Communications, and 20 on TSN.” By the way, did anyone else here this gem from Mr. Beeston while on with Pad Thai (Watters) and Brady ” I am almost finished writing up the job description for Blue Jays President.” Please, someone tell me just how long that should take and what Mr. Beeston (whom I am a huge fan of) has been doing since he took the job???? I guess with the rate of signings and trades he realizes there is no rush to do…..ummmmmm, anything

A subject that drives Howard Berger nuts seems to have been resolved in the media’s favor in Montreal:

“Growing weary of widespread rumours and gossip surrounding injured players, Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau on Wednesday said anyone sidelined indefinitely will now have the nature of their injuries released to the media. No longer will the team report such players have upper- or lower-body injuries.Carbonneau said the decision was reached following a meeting between himself, general manager Bob Gainey, vice-president (hockey operations) Julien BriseBois and the team’s communications department.”

I have heard the arguments from both sides. The anti-reveal argument is if you reveal a player’s injury the opposing teams will attack that injury every chance they can. The pro-reveal argument is simply, we have a job to do and you shouldn’t hide information from us. If the former is true then the injuries shouldn’t be revealed, the hell with the latter.

Tonight’s shows on both stations were the worst I have heard since I have been pre-viewing/reviewing the drive home radio shows on both the Fan and 640, The interview with Steve Nash was pretty dull and almost unlistenable seeing how Nash sounded like he was in an aquarium for it. Kudos to Mccown and Kelley for interviewing an athlete (they rarely do) and for admitting that they taped it earlier (not that it would have made a difference to any of us listening), which they also rarely do. Those who preceded Nash and followed were equally as uninteresting. Over on 640 the lineup with the exception of Dean Lombardi was really dull. Perhaps it was the cold weather, but it seemed to be a night when both stations should have punted. Here’s hoping tomorrow is better.

You know the old saying about a sucker being born every second…
“Sources say the team is expected to be sold within the next two months with current owner Jerry Moyes retaining as much as 20 percent.” That according to Darren Dreger, speaking on the issue of the Phoenix Coyotes. With all the issues facing this team, most importantly a 30 year lease with brutal terms (no parking revenue for the team AND a share of each ticket sold being shared with the city) it’s hard to phathom who would buy the team. That is not to suggest that the team isn’t valuable. Truth is many would leaf fans would gladly change rosters wth the Yotes in a heartbeat… Why someone would buy this team is beyond me…especially right now…

Hats off to Jay Triano for finding Andrea Bargnani’s game. Man, anyone else see him put up 31 tonight in another loosing effort?? Quite an impressive showing for the Big Euro.

If you are a hockey fan, you had to watch, with a smile on your face the play as the Caps defeated the Pens 6-3 tonight. Way to go AO and my adopted 2nd team the Washington Capitals!

Have a good night all


Toronto Sports Radio Tonight

Wanted to get this out early as 640 has a great lineup:

510 Paul Beeston

540 Ron Wilson

440 Bob Mckenzie

610 Dreger/Morrison

Trying to confirm who is on the Friday night round table at the Fan.

Random Thoughts On A Snowy Toronto Sports Night

Some things have been going on that I think need commenting on, call me crazy (lots of folks do)

The Toronto Sports Fans apathy to the Raptors is at an all time high. The team is in a spiral and not too many people seem to give a rats ass. There is more noise made about the Jays when things go south then there is right now for the Raptors. I heard and read more comments about the Argos dismal efforts then I am noticing with the Raptors. Ask anyone in the sports industry what the worst thing that can happen to an organization and they will tell you fan apathy. The fact that this team is performing so poorly without a whimper of discontent does not bode well for the Raptors. I am stunned that more of the usual suspects haven’t come out a swinging at Bryan Colangelo. I guess the reason they don’t is that they can’t. None of them really know the game well enough to comment. I know, they don’t know hockey either, but with hockey they THINK they do. Kudos to Bob McCown for watching last night’s game(Monday’s) on Raptors TV repeat. The game was on TSN2 which I believe is only available via illegal means here in the GTA. The bobcat was playing scrabble with his son during the live event. Hey at least he watches games on tv!

Could anyone have predicted a less exciting start to the Brian Burke era then we have seen. I know, I know his trading embargo is in place and he is in a new gig learning about his new team, but man what a buzz kill. The build up to his reign was so HUGE that the fall off the cliff was due to be big but man has he been quiet.

Speculation is abound as to what Burke’s first move will be. Berger thinks Burke’s first move will happen between the pipes for the leafs. Dreger thinks it will be for toughness. Dreger even suggests that Burke has an itchy trigger finger so long as teams aren’t asking for Luke Schenn.

Speaking of quiet, serious props to the first radio station in town to get Sam Mitchell on the air. No coach has been more entertaining in recent memory then Smitch. I can’t imagine pleasant things being said if he ends up on 640 before 590.

I love what Ron Wilson is doing. You know that by now. However, I am starting to get a small sense of where things went south in San Jose in how he is speaking, at least publicly about Jason Williams. “Right now I’m watching him under the microscope,” said coach Ron Wilson. “If I see him get comfortable then we’re going to yank his chain around.” Nothing wrong with being a hard ass, but geeze, give the guy some credit. You call the guy up and all he does is score in every game. Would it kill you to give him a small pat on the back? I get the message and I am sure Williams does too.

You know I love the Globe and Mail Sports section. Clearly the most improved in the city. Not sure who wrote this gem as a byline to David Shoalt’s piece “Winger scores on fourth shootout attempt to ensure Toronto doesn’t lose to its former AHL goaltender “. Look Scott Clemmensen deserves a ton of credit. Why? He is making the most of his opportunity. Raise your hand if you think for one second he would see the playing time but for the injury to Brodeur. There are a ton of mistakes the leafs brass has made over the year, letting Clemmensen is not one of them. Claiming that the Leafs would or should be embarrassed to lose to New Jersey and their ex goalie is just baloney. New Jersey is, even without Broduer a pretty amazing team and their record shows it. Losing to them is nothing to be embarrassed about. Given the Leafs squad it is almost expected. Extra kudos to Wilson’s boys for eking one out in a shutout.

Things that make you go hmmmmmm. If Scott Clemmensen carries the Devils far this year does that diminish the accolades of one Martin Brodeur? My favorite New Jersey Devil of all time, ex head athletic trainer Bill Murray (no joke).

Successful sports franchises are those that appreciate the window of opportunity and just how small it is. In each league only one team wins the big one every year. Bad teams are unable to realize just how hard it is to be a champion. It is the smart GM who knows when it is time to admit the opportunity with a certain bunch has passed and make the hard and sometimes unpopular decision to re-tool. Recognizing that you won’t with a group of players who may be fan favorites or good regular season performers is hard. Actually pulling the proverbial band aid off an trading or releasing those assets is really what defines a champion. With that in mind, anyone else think that maybe, just maybe, the ship has sailed for some in Ottawa?

I say it enough times, I am not a basketball guy. However 6 NBA coaches fired so far this season and a combined worse winning percentage then their predecessors tell you something. Perhaps those teams are talent deficient and the coaches are the sacrificial lambs to pacify fans and owners. I agree with Jack Armstrong who said tonight that if he owned a team he would tell a GM before hiring a coach, when you hire this guy you are tied to him. If you want to fire him down the road, you go too. I know it would never work, but man it sounds good doesn’t it?

I am biased, but I really like former University of Vermont Captain Jamie Siffers. Reminds me of all the games he pummeled those nasty Terriers!

Sorry to hear about the 600 layoffs at the Sun’s parent company. People losing their jobs this time of year is beyond sad. If rumors are true that one of those gone from the Sun is Scott Morrison then I have to wonder who is making the decisions at the paper Little TSM loves.

Anyone else wonder what Jeff Marek was thinking jumping off Wilbur’s wing? I don’t know the guy, have nothing against him personally either. Since he left talk640 I have not seen or heard him and I thought he was pretty funny. I know he is on Sirius hockey night in Canada radio. Anyone listening to that? I sometimes tune into the XM hockey channel. I know that I am in the minority when it comes to satellite radio in this town….Not that it is entirely an indicator of performance (and certainly not of Marek that is for sure) but with the Sirius/XM stock at .15, that’s right fifteen cents things aren’t looking for rosy for the satellite radio folks.

Our respects to Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who’s father died Monday. From the articles I have read, it sounds like his father was an amazing man and even better father. Here is hoping JS and his entire family are able to make it through the holiday season with only great memories of Claude Giguere.

I love to ski. So reading of an accident involving chair lifts scares the hell out of me. (It also does make me think of that awesome episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. When does the next season start anyway? ) Seriously. I can’t wait to take my kids to Whistler skiing and I have been on the Excalibur lift many a time. I hope that those hurt are ok and that the cause is soon discovered and repaired. For those who don’t know,” The RCMP say at least 10 people were hurt in the accident that happened at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, though none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Fifty-three people were rescued, some after spending three hours in the air.”

Have the Blue Jays done anything, no literally anything to make you want to consider buying a ticket? Me neither.

Congrats to TFC for selling all 16,000 season tickets. In this economy that is, in a word, awesome.

I read tonight that the Yankees have replaced GM with Toyota and Audi as a sponsors of the team. In other news, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. Could you imagine if GM were still the automobile sponsor of the Yankees. We need a bailout but…..

True story, I was offered a full page ad in this year’s superbowl game day program and 2 lower level premium seats for $40k with any payment terms I want through the end of 2009. Is it just me, but doesn’t that seem really low?

Have I missed anything? Oh yeah our first reported major snow storm is apparently here. I have a brand new snowblower in my garage. I was pretty psyched to fire it up. Then Joe Sakic had to ruin it for me…. Safe travels tomorrow am all.

OH wait, I know what I forgot, Thursday is Mats Sundin Day. Question, won’t it be interesting if he goes to a team other then the NY Rangers. You know I love McCown. He may still be right. What happens if he doesn’t sign with the Rangers? I know the world won’t end but someone will have some splain to do. For my part, “oh well, my sources were wrong” won’t just cut it. If I were Rick Toccheting on a prognosticator I would go with Hanky. I am pretty sure he has had #13 going to every team in the league at some point so he has to be right. One last Sundin thought for the night. Riddle me this. Do we get a farewell press conference in Toronto. Will we not get the tearful goodbye so many people here want and deserve?

Dreger Goes Overboard with Melrose Story

Don’t shoot the messenger right? Sometimes, though the messenger needs to think about the message he delivers before delivering it.

I was intrigued to see that the Bolts are contemplating legal action against Melrose as Dreger is reporting this evening. I was thinking about whether they could avoid paying him something owed to The Mulett by his disparaging the team this past week. Usually when an employee is terminated as The Mullet was, and they want to keep getting paid, there is an anti-disparagement provision. They are usually pretty hard to enforce as how do you prove what an employee says about the employer in private. You see, the terminated worker isn’t usually dumb enough to go on the radio and bash the crap out of the employer as the Mullet did on both the Fan590 and Xm radio.

Dreger, however claims that the Bolts aren’t contemplating the legal action for that. No they are contemplating legal action on the basis of the Mullet bashing Steven Stamkos and the effect it may have on their ability to market the phenom.

“The dispute remains in the discussion stage and the team has not filed for breach of contract with the National Hockey League.”

It will remain in the discussion stage too. This is beyond stupid. In order to actually win this case, you see, the Bolts would have to successfully convince a jury or a judge that they have been damaged. That is going to be nearly impossible to do. First, they entire management team and the other coaches have all come to the rescue of Stamkos and the team doing little more then bad mouthing the Mullet, also discrediting him. They are then going to have to show actual damages. That would be showing a potential client or an existing client who either reduced or refused to go through with a marketing spend based solely on The Mullet’s statement. Good luck with that. I mean, the fact that the economy is completely in the crapper would have nothing to do with a decrease in revenue to the Bolts marketing department. Then there is the fact that coaches still employed with teams say things not too dissimilar about guys on their team all the time and they are fired for breach of contract. A couple of coaches benched certain Bolt players over the years doing much more detrimental harm to the ability to sell tickets or dasher boards then this did. The slippery slope this would create would be un friggin believable. Lastly on this, if The Mullet is the moron that they have been painting him to be, why would his opinion (and that what this is folks opinion not fact, unless of course the Bolts want to argue that it is fact 🙂 ) cause any harm to them in a marketing fashion?????

It’s funny how the story being leaked wasn’t for defamation or slander. I mean the Mullet had some pretty pointed words about the actual owners themselves. The only reason I can think this to be the case is that the ultimate defense to those actions is the truth. That is the Bolts owners wouldn’t be able to make the case if the Mullet could prove the statements to be true. Hmmmmmmm, one wonders eh?

you can read the article here

Radio Tonight


On 640 Toronto with WIlbur and Brady:

Bob McKenzie, TSN
Bruce Boudreau, head coach – Washington Capitals
Tim Hunter, Leafs Assistant Coach
Dreger & Morrison – Inside The NHL
re-run of Dreger/Watters/Bettman
Roger Cossack, ESPN legal analyst 630pm

Toronto Radio- All Bettman

Bettman will be on Hockeycentral at noon with the boys on the Fan590 and at 1245 with Darren Dreger over at 640 toronto. Hmmm you think he i going to talk about Kaberle or Sean Avery?

Circus Day In Hockey???

Is there a full moon tonight?

First Sean Avery….

What a dumb thing to say… Wilbur says he gets double digit games. Kipper, with a beauty of his own, “It’s not what he said it’s how he said it” Huh???? Kipper also says that the suspension can’t be that long. I happen to agree, Greg Brady put the question of the NHLPA response to a lengthy suspension to Wilbur and Daren Dreger…. Dreger did the back stroke pretty quick on that one. Wilbur took the high road and said that the PA needs to understand that what Avery said is bad for the game which is bad for the players. It says here Happy Howie would never ask his buddy Glenn Healy for a quote on defending Avery.

Then you have Jim Kelly:

“But if it were my call (and my call would be based on newly minted Leafs general manager Brian Burke saying at his welcoming day press conference that he builds his team from the goal out) I’d be Christmas shopping for a new goaltender.It’s not that Vesa Toskala isn’t the answer; truth is on most nights he’s pretty much the best player on the ice. The problem is that on more than a few other nights he’s often the worst player on the ice.”

Of all the needs of this team right now, a number one goalie is not anywhere near the top. This is just stupid with a capital S. Why would Burke go get a strong number one goalie first given that he has yet to blow up the roster?

But wait, Kelly gets it…..”If the goal is to someday win the Stanley Cup this trend must be addressed.
I’m not arguing that a Toskala move needs to be made today or even before Burke’s self-imposed Christmas no-trade zone (beginning Dec. 9). I’d even argue having him stay on until the Leafs establish an identity and where they are likely to finish this season, but at some point down the road, if Burke follows his game plan, goaltending has to be the No. 1 issue.”

Wait wait wait.. Let’s look at what he wrote again….”I’d be Christmas shopping for a new goaltender” HUH???? Which is it???? No seriously, our oven has been self cleaning for a few hours and I am stuck in the kitchen while I write this, have the fumes gotten to me or is this the dumbest fucking thing ever written????

“Nash is nice while Bouwmeester is intriguing and they both fit the Burke pattern of big, tough and tenacious. But somewhere along the line Burke’s Leafs will need the same thing that John Ferguson’s Leafs needed and that Cliff Fletcher’s Leafs twice needed and Pat Quinn’s Leafs and Ken /Dryden’s Leafs and Floyd Smith’s Leafs and Jim Gregory’s Leafs and even my other Sportsnet colleague, Gord Stellick’s Leafs needed: A goaltender who can win when it matters most. It doesn’t have to be for Christmas. Any old holiday will do.”

Look, this is simple. Either you want a goalie now, or you don’t. There is no gray area here. Don’t say you want a number one goalie for christmas and then back peddle to it should be a priority to fast peddling that it has to be the number one priority!

There is more but I quit reading….

Over at the globe David Shoalts appears to have picked up a one hitter or something as the Burke on Sundin story changes by the hour… Man is this horse dead already or what…Someone please stop shooting it! Burke was crystal clear on during his press conference, he was equally as clear on PTS the other day. He doesn’t think Sundin wants to play for a rebuilding team. ENOUGH ALREADY. I don’t care if he is meeting with him, his wife, his agent or his trainer. Call me when or IF Sundin is going to play again and for whom….

Bob McKenzie seems to have clued in “Well, Burke killed that on Monday with repeated assertions that there’s no real point on either side to go down the Sundin road.”

Also from McKenzie “Burke has already requested – and received – permission from the Anaheim Ducks to talk to Nonis and there appears to be no obstacle to getting a deal done in short order.”

McKenzie also confirmed that Sundin has yet to start skating as many have reported before “As for Sundin, he will begin skating in Los Angeles for the first time this season on Tuesday.”

According to NHL.com Ryan Hollweg is in the game, while UVM alum Jamie Siffers is out, Andy Deveaux…

Curious for the other 3 guys out there who watched the game vs. the kings, where any of you as offended by Deveaux not fighting at the end of the game…Kipper seems to think that Deveaux should be taken out back and also shot. (sorry for all the shooting references I have Plaxico Burress on the brain)

as an aside what a brutal goal Vesa just let in !