Written by: Larry “The Nucks IceMan” Johnson
Hope Roberto Luongo’s shutout disappointment has nothing to do with the shutout bonus, unless the bonus goes to charity. If not, the reaction would not look good for the $10 million this season and the $6.7 million salary he’s paid, for the next seven seasons.
Does ‘Nucks centre Alex Bolduc’s press box location for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers have anything to do with losing the faceoff and subsequently Luongo’s shutout?
If so, what was he doing out there in the last minute anyway? He has the worst face-off percentage (48.4) of all centres. Hey Coach Vigneault, you put the line out there!
Columbus Blue Jackets’ defenseman Mike Commodore is a head scratcher? Columbus signed him to a five year contract two years ago and made him the top paid D-man on the team at $3.7 million, and now they put him on waivers?
It sure isn’t the cap space that they need because Columbus still has $5.5 million plus, as breathing room. So could it be the comments Commodore made to the Columbus Dispatch about being sat out for a number of games by Coach Scott Arniel?
New Jersey Devil GM Lou Lamoriello says they’re not in rebuilding mode. I don’t buy that for a second nor should what’s left of the Devils’ fans.
Yesterday they traded their Captain Jamie Langenbrunner, recently they tried to unload Brian Rolston and his $5 million salary, and goaltender Martin Brodeur has been told that he will play back-up to Johan Hedberg.
The Langenbrunner trade might also have been due to the disagreement he and new Coach Lemaire had previously. Word is that Langenbrunner made it known to Lamoriello that he wanted out.
Lamoriello has made a mess by signing Ilya Kovalchuk to that ridiculous $100 million contract and the Devils have been struggling with cap issues since. So don’t be surprised if Jason Arnott, who will be a UFA at the end of this season, is traded also, along with what remains of his $4.5 million salary.
Looks like rebuilding to me!
How come the hit to Sidney Crosby’s head from the shoulder of Washington Capitals’ Dave Steckel at the Winter Classic game was not a penalty and suspension? You could see on the replay that it was contact to the head. The NHL has tried to be consistent about their mandate to outlaw hits to the head, and yet they allow their premier star to be sidelined with a concussion without any punishment?
Good Lord, are they that inept?
Too much celebration by the Gold medal winners from Russia, or should we say a drunken bunch, resulted in 30 of them being asked to get off a Delta Air Lines flight for being unruly after boarding. I wonder where they drank since the majority of them, playing for the junior team, are under the legal drinking age in the state of New York.
Maybe they brought along that good Russia vodka, which would explain the late party and next day buzz.
With the Canucks being outplayed in Dallas and also by the Oilers, is this streak looking like it could end any game now? Their poor showing might also have to do with the Canucks playing six games in nine days.
The games against the Stars and Oilers were won by the ‘Nucks goaltending but don’t expect that to continue. With Detroit in town Saturday and the Canucks just finishing with Edmonton the night before, they will have to dig down deep for their collective energy reserve.
With the recent announcement that Thomas Gradin will be the third inductee into the Canucks Ring of Honour, where exactly will they be placing Pavel Bure? Surely the most dynamic player the Canucks have ever had deserves something more, like the retirement of his sweater. Who’s making these decisions anyway?Do the Canucks have a diamond in the rough with Manitoba’s Eddie Lack? The Moose goaltender was named the Reebok/AHL Goalie of the Month for the month of December. In 12 games he went 7-2-0 with a 1.95 goals-against-average and a .935 save-percentage.
Manitoba is in second place in the AHL North Division (44pts), one point behind Hamilton Bulldogs.
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