So there seems to be a decent amount of activity in the hockey world this week. Normally we would be sitting here, scraping the bottom of the barrel putting up tired, old topics of how to free up cap room as filler (or actually working at our real, full-time jobs). But now that there is actually something to talk about in the hockey world, I’m going to have to apologize (to myself and to Trogdor) for pushing some recent articles down. So be sure to check those out afterwards. Anyways, here is one mondo post to gather up all these topics for discussion in the comments section.
So let’s start with today’s big headline and the source of the picture above.
Marleau Stripped of Captaincy
TSN is reporting that the San Jose Sharks are currently captainless. No alternates either (for 08/09 these belonged to Joe Thornton and Mike Grier). As it stands, it sounds like the Sharks are going to let the training camp decide who earns the “C”, and that very well could be Marleau again. But clearly the Sharks are looking for an answer for the teams lack of success in the second season. Marleau has been rumored in several trades this year, so don’t be surprised if something happens here.
Team Canada’s New Duds
Today Team Canada unveiled their new jersey design (complete with new logo, since the douchebags at the IOC wouldn’t let us use the Hockey Canada logo). Let me be one of the first to say that the new logo is pretty. I think I see the Air Canada logo above the two birds in the middle… all that seems to be missing is the Timmy Horts logo somewhere.
Big Bert Back to Motown
As per TSN, Todd Bertuzzi will head back to Detroit. The deal is a 1-year deal worth $1.5M. At that price, it’s hard not to like that deal for the Wings.
Moose Doing Coffee Runs for Slats
Mark Messier has been hired on as “Special Assistant” to Sather. Funny, I would have picked someone prettier for that role. Details on TSN.
Vinny Prospal Signs in New York
I only mention this because his name was thrown around here as to who the Oil should sign. He signed for a pretty bargain-basement price at $1.1M for one year. Hard to say that this is a bad signing. Pretty good, considering how the Rangers like to throw the cash around. Should the Oil have taken a stab at signing him?
20 Cent Update
Much like many of us have done after a night of drinking, Patrick Kane woke up the next morning, puke in hair and offered an apology for the ass he made of himself (ok, it wasn’t exactly the next night.. but I’m pretty sure he was good and hammed for a few days and it took a while for his brain cells to come back). The latest dirt on Kane has him plea bargaining to lesser charges to avoid spending the night in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. He’s too pretty for jail. Read more on TSN.
And that’s the news, and I.. am… outta here.