We were holding back on responding to conin79's comment from yesterday, asking us to give a look at his suggested 20-man roster. Now, that looks suspiciously like a Pat Quinn incognito roster.
Is that really you lurking behind that handle, Coach? I mean, there's no Wellwood. No Wilm. Not going there, Pat/conin. Me no likey. Our good friend Mark Zwolinski gives us an idea, though, of how the Leafs roster is taking shape this morning. And it does include Mr Steen. And Mr. Stumpy - what would one of these mornings be without Steve Thomas to ponder?
Meantime, over at the Sun, Paul Maurice gets some mentions.
Some good news on "antsy" Jason Allison - why all this injury talk so soon? Beathe, Leaf Nation, you're not alone. As if we needed another reason to blame the lockout (reg. req'd).
Okay, while we're playing the blame game, the first flood of exhibition play has the critics in full swing.
"They all talk about flow, these new guys on the owners' board of directors,'' Harry Sinden tells the Boston Herald. "We've got to get the flow back,' they all say. I asked them, 'Do you know what you're taking about? What do you mean when you say flow?' They're not really quite sure what to say."
We love Harry Sinden. Please, go on.
"I say to them, 'Well, I think you mean this: One team comes down on the attack here, then the other team gets the puck and goes back the other way. That's the kind of flow you like. But I said, 'Can you think of anything that disturbs the flow of a hockey game more than a two-minute penalty? The flow ends as soon as you call the penalty."
So Harry's not sure yet. But in the interest of being fair and balanced (hey, that's what they taught us in school) the Preds seem to have no "flow" problems. But if you're looking for answers, why not ask the best player in the world (arguably, quite).
"I think it's going to be easier to score goals," says Jaromir Jagr.
Good line (reg. req'd) in the Inquirer today, where we hear the first call for more penalties, as in two minutes for "boring".
"Last night the score was 2-1 Flyers and 28-0 referees."
Finally, Sid Crosby made his NHL debut last night. One assist, 16 shifts, 5 shots, drank from the water bottle 17 times ... etc. etc. But they're saying he's found some chemistry with Mark Recchi.
OHL report: Dylan Hunter impressing in Buffalo -- was last year's London Knights (79-9-2) one of the most dominant teams of all-time or what?