Tuesday With Damien- Could Eugene Be The Fly

As we told you yesterday, Brian Burke did not make it to TO as was predicted in the Star yesterday. In any event, Damien’s blog is the usual shot at the Leafs and MLSE, but there is one gem to remember, for rest assured it will be contradicted very, very soon:

“That’s okay. This is what was expected, and rabid Leaf fans just got a little excited, thinking Luke Schenn and Mikhail Grabovski were good enough that the team would get to skip three or four steps on the route back to competitiveness.”

This “this” that he is referring to is the recent cold spin the club has run into… The funny thing is that I don’t know one person who thought we were going to skip any steps. To me the scary thing is that it’s a good thing Toskala is not playing like Toskala of old becuase if he was, eeks, this team could be in a playoff situation…….

Meanwhile, all appears on track with Burke there is great unrest coming from Ottawa. The Globe this morning wonders whether either Steve Yzerman or Pierre McGuire could be lured to take the reins from Bryan Murray… My question is, could Sens owner get his ultimate wish and take the man the Leafs covet so badly?? With Rome burning all around the Sens (sorry for the pun), it is hard to imagine the thought hasn’t crossed Eguene’s mind…ya think that would be sweat justice for him???

You can read the piece in the Globe here….

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Down Goes Brown
November 25, 2008 11:23 am

Re: the Sens.

I’ve made this point elsewhere, but there is zero evidence that Melnyk is a win-at-all-costs guy. Oh, he likes to talk a good game and he writes a full-page apology letter to fans with the best of them, but he has no track record of actually doing anything to win.

He promised the Sens would spend to the cap. They don’t. He let the Muckler/Murray fued boil for years until it almost took the whole team apart. When Ray Emery and others were ruining the team from within, he sat in the Barbados dodging taxes.

I’m not worried at all about him going out and getting Burke, but it would be perfectly within his character to make noise about it to get some attention.

As for Pierre McGuire, he’s been openly lobbying for the Sens job for five years.

November 25, 2008 11:42 am

Re: Pierre, really??? I don’t pay too much attention to him 🙂 Do you think he would fare better then Melrose?

The Meatriarchy
November 25, 2008 1:03 pm

I like Pierre but I don’t seem him as a suitable replacement for Murray. Although if I were Melynk I would be telling Burke to write his own ticket.

In many ways the Sens are a better fit for Burke than the Leafs in that they are (or should be) a legitimate contender and could conceivably be a few shrewd moves away from getting back to cup contention.

It would kill me as a Leaf’s fan if that happened though in spite of my ambivalence about Burke.

November 25, 2008 1:04 pm

Your last sentence could be all that Eugene needs to know right?

Guy Trottier
Guy Trottier
November 25, 2008 1:54 pm

The Toskala issue is a two edged sword.If he plays well it hurts the draft rebuild,and if he plays badly it hurts his trade value.In a perfect world Toskala loses lots of 2-1 games.

The Meatriarchy
November 25, 2008 8:16 pm

TSM yeah your right but he better move fast. Just in case I am updating my will tonight.

November 25, 2008 10:13 pm

you too??!!

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