Not exactly “I’ll do the forwards in a separate message” as I original said I would, but a question came up that (I think) neatly answers my thoughts on the forwards, so rather than write it a second time, I’ll just use that message as my comments… > Random thought I had last night: Kipper for Jovanovski. Maybe throw in > Heins. Balance out with picks or whatever. > I have this (possibly baseless) anti-Cloutier bias, think Kipper could > be a #1. Is Toskala ready for prime time as a backup? It’s an interesting deal. Vancouver won’t — Kipper’s unproven, Hedberg’s performance or no. For Jovo? Not enough. Personally, I’d want to staff up our forwards. I’m just not worried about defense. Going into next year, we have: Rags, Rat, Stuart, Hannan, Marchment, Jillson. If I’m the Sharks, I talk to suter about coming back for $400–500K and mentor Jillson, and take on the role of 7th D (reprising Bob rouse) and locker room guy, and playing the minutes that Jillson isn’t ready for. I just don’t see that as needing an upgrade. Heins fades into the sunset, an experiment that was good enough to crack into the NHL, but not good enough to crack the Sharks. Maybe someone else can use him (Andy Sutton,a nyone?) but his value’s minimal. Would you trade Rags and Kipper for Jovo?...Read More
Month: May 2002
Now that the season is over for the sharks (arrgghhh!!!!!!!!), I find myself increasingly drained of energy. Much of me wants to just sit down, relax, and not care who wins the cup. Don’t worry, I’ll get over it. But as Laurie will attest, I normally don’t yell at the TV much watching hockey games. I did in game 7. But it’s over, and it’s time to start thinking about where to go from here. And the first thing I think of is the points streak. Only one other team has increased points every season like the Sharks. That tells you something about the way this team was built — but it also implies that sooner or later, that streak will break. I think next year is that year. There’s going to be a stumble along the path, and we have to expect it. I don’t think it’ll be a major stumble, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sharks slip to about 90 points next year. But I expect 90 points will make the playoffs. But that really only means something if you see what happens elsewhere in the league, so that’s what I’ve been thinking about first. In the west, here’s how I see the teams moving into next year: Detroit: descending, although they’ve fooled me before. This has the look of a “one more kick...Read More
Leafs in 6. The Canes aren’t the walkover people keep insisting they are, but I think the Leafs will ultimately win out here. Avs in 5. Gut check here, but I think the Avs and Roy are starting to roll, and I don’t think the rest is as much of an advantage to the Wings as momentum and talent is to the Avs. (results of round 2: 2 of 4. so far in the playoffs, I’m 5 of 12. Not exactly “lets’ go to Vegas”...Read More
(just realized I didn’t post these up front. Honest, I dind’t change them…) But first, I come clean on round one. Western Conference: Detroit/Vancouver: Vancouver in 5. for two games, I was right. Then they found the real hasek, and the real cloutier, and it was all over. The Canucks did answer a significant question, though — is Cloutier for real? Answer: hell, no. But I hope they take a close look at Peter Skudra. Kelly Hrudey thinks he ought to be considered for starting, and I tend to agree. Colorado/LA: Avs in 6. Okay, Avs in 7. Close enough. San Jose/Phoenix: San Jose in 5. yup. Next. St. Louis/chicagl: Chicago in 5. oops. Brent Johnson came to play, and thibault didn’t. Chicago needs a a goaltender. We still need to see if St. Louis does. West: 2 of 4. Eastern conference: Boston/Montreal: Boston in 5 congrats to the habs and Jose theodore. I won’t complain, they flat out beat boston… Philly/Ottawa: Philly in 4 I will never, ever, ever predict a win by the flyers as long as Bobby Clarke is attached to that organization. Never. Ever. Again. I’ve lost too many bets to assuming that this time, the Flyers won’t find a way to tank. Idiots. Toronto/Islanders: Leafs in 6 but do they have anything left? Carolina/New jersey: Jersey in 4 Yeah, right. The more I watched...Read More
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