Crime Does Not Pay (and other Weekend tidbits)

by Alex

 

According to Grapes last night on Hockey Night in Canada, there is no crime in hockey and no drugs in hockey.

Mike Danton? Graham James? Derek Boogaard?

Little kids wearing ties is nice, but that was a bit much even for Don.

Perhaps more importantly on HNIC, Elliott Friedman gave a peek at the potential NHL Realignment for next year

East 1:   Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.

East 2:  Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Western 1:  Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

West 2:  Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, LA Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

Unbalanced Conferences. 8 teams in each Eastern Conference and 7 in the West. Presumably, the alleged forthcoming expansion would logically be into the West then, right? Seattle and KC? What about Quebec and GTA 2? It would be awfully convenient to move the two Florida teams into the Not Adams Division.

Thoughts?

Oh yeah, Spring Training Games started over the weekend. Did people watch on TV or listen on the radio? I listened to some of Jerry and the Garfoose today while writing and waiting for the Cactus League games to start. I’m a Hayhurst guy, so enjoyed him on the air today. Also love being able to hear the stadium ambiance from Spring Training. I love going to Spring Training, especially in AZ, where all the teams are now in close proximity to each other.

Strong segment on TSN’s The Reporters this morning on Oscar Pistorius and how the media has covered the story so far. Although, no mention of the sensationalistic coverage by Murdoch papers in the US and UK when they used bikini shots of the victim in the days right after her murder.

Apologies again for lack of reviews for new Naylor show this week. Very busy week at work took up a chunk of free time, as well as the hassles of getting a new car (cleaning, paperwork, etc). I still have them on the ipad and hope to do a “Week One in review” post tonight or early in the week.

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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
February 25, 2013 9:00 am

Look forward to a week 1 in review post Alex. Lansberg & Simmons were excellent. I find Lansberg obnoxious on TV but he was actually good on radio … very smooth and no yelling.
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One thing that struck me recently was the diametrically opposed tones toward Burke on TSNr and the FAN. I think Simmons referred to “the arrogant era of Brian Burke”. TSN is obviously populated by media people with whom Burke did not get along (Simmons, Feschuk) while the FAN has several “Burkie Backers” (Cox, McCown) so that might explain the difference.
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Brunt is great. Friedman and McCown and Brunt had a nice segment on PTS this week where they were discussing Jays spring training. Friedman asked what I consider to be a dumb question — “if you’re the Jays do you want the Leafs to go on a playoff run to take some attention away from you in case you struggle to open the season?”

This is a classic fodder question: it’s basically meant to fill time but it’s framed to seem like a real question. At the end of the day it’s just as dumb a question as “is there a a risk to team chemistry when Lupul comes back?”. Brunt basically treated it as such and demonstrated again that he is head and shoulders above the rest of the crew on PTS.

Derrick
Derrick
February 25, 2013 9:57 am

I take issue with the idea that Cox is a Burke backer. Cox has always, based on my observations of his opinion, judged Burke on his actions, not the personality of the man, or what he said. And Cox has been consistent in saying “Look, you may not like the man, but what he is doing (outside of the Kessel trade) is good for the team”.

Then he the asked the question on Friday “Doesn’t the recent success of the Leaf’s justify the decision by the board to let Burke go?”

He then went on to say that with the dismissal of Burke there has been a real reduction of tension around the team. He was essentially asking, would the team be having this success if he was still the GM?

There are a lot of Cox haters here for his “contrarian opinions” but I thought this was a great example of Cox taking a completely different approach and asking a really interesting question, and taking some of the shine off of Burke.

Roger
Roger
February 25, 2013 1:50 pm

Mike,

Great analysis! Bravo!

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