|Wade Belak wears the A. Does that mean Carlton the Bear had the C for the night?|
A Leafs win and some pretty good performances from some of the youngsters should cool the Stumpers, at least for a day.
Best read: Rosie on the DS (designated shooter), an outgrowth of the new rules, perhaps:
"It flies in the face of all that is holy in team sport."
You'd think she was talking about Terrell Owens, or somesuch. No, it's these shootouts. They play 60 minutes, then three guys on each side decide a game. And we didn't even mention the Zamboni break in between.
RD mentions Kyle Wellwood as a possible beneficiary. But I'm thinking that, in baseball, the DH has extended the careers of the likes of Dave Parker, Cecil Fielder et al. Who'd be the equivalent in hockey?
Our good friend Ken Campbell has a good look at some things to take from this one, a too-easy 5-0 shutout of the Bruins -- their first preseason game, and it showed.
Actually, the standout thing for me about last night's way-too-easy 5-0 shutout of the Bruins -- Boston's preseason debut, and it really showed -- was the play of defenceman Alexander Khavanov. The little feint at the point that opened up space and started a nifty three-way passing play for the second goal was a thing of beauty. I could have shut it off then, I'd seen enough -- the guy has puck sense. I think everyone knew that. It was just good to see it, this early in the big show.
As for Ben Ondrus, he's making headlines this morning. It was Ondrus who finished off that bing-bang-boom play, with John Pohl -- now there's a journeyman name if I ever heard one -- in the middle of it. Threw his weight around, too.
Some links for you, from around the league:
LeCavalier a Hab? For one day, yes. Then he thought about it, and Montreal "is like England with their soccer teams."
Khabiboulin gets his first start as a Blackhawk tonight -- one of just five Cup-winning goalies in the league.
Luc and Stacia Robitaille are putting up two families left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
I know captains, Mr. Yashin, and you are no captain!
And so far, so good for former Leafs Alexander Mogilny (registration required).
Update: Lineup for tomorrow night's date with Les Habitants (thanks again, Zoro!)
Forwards - Alex Ponikarovski, Nik Antropov, Matt Stajan, Chad Kilger, Nathan Perrott, Kyle Wellwood, Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi, Steve Thomas, Alex Steen, Mariusz Czerkawski, Clarke Wilm
Defencemen - Carlo Colaiacovo, Aki Berg, Thomas Kaberle, Andy Wozniewski, Bryan Marchment
Goal - JS Aubin, Mikael Tellqvist