DG's Quick Hits- November 8, 2003

I used to have this as a regular feature (somewhat) and I hope to again have it as a weekly or bi-weekly thing. Just some random hockey thoughts.-In one week, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone from a team that can’t lose to one that can’t win. Not like they’re not trying: that Los Angeles game was a tough one. Though now at least there must be the fleeting thought that last year was a fluke…maybe.

-Can we convince the Detroit Red Wings to trade Curtis Joseph? Make him play SOMEWHERE other than Grand Rapids. This whole fiasco is driving me nuts.

-Everyone predicted doom for the Atlanta Thrashers without Dany Heatley…and they’re tied for first in the Southeast (yeah, I know…hardly an accomplishment). Though it’s really only been a month…

-So, what a way to “pay them back” eh? The Toronto Maple Leafs, with the inspiration of the 6-1 shellacking the Philadelphia Flyers gave them in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals just a few months ago, get pasted 7-1 by those same Flyers. In the Hall Of Fame Game of all things. At least the Leafs are not last like they once were…

-Making Vancouver Canucks fans happy: Doug Weight getting a four-game suspension for his cross check of Daniel Sedin. Good thing too I say: that nearly took out Sedin’s eye. How’d the referee miss it? Oh well…

-Speaking of the Canucks, they’re first in the Northwest, four points up on the Colorado Avalanche. Hopefully this time there will be no choking, right Markus?

-By some freak of nature, the New York Rangers are actually .500 (well, they would be if overtime losses counted as actual losses…). Beat some pretty good teams too, like the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. Though I’m not holding my breath, because it’s too early to tell.

-For anyone that cares (which means maybe Gary Bettman and only one or two other people): the National Hockey League’s goals-per-game average is 5.0625 through today. Though the games haven’t been too bad: the Calgary-Edmonton tilt a week ago was pretty entertaining. I still miss the ’80s, though.

-Hockey Oddity Vol. 1: Rob Ray was rewarded for his “generosity” for all his years helping out Buffalo charities. Not knocking anything Ray has done, but it’s a bit odd to hear that a “thug” got rewarded for “generosity”. Good man, though, and I’ll always love that commercial for ESPN where he beat up a delivery guy.

-Lastly, it seems as though Damien Cox has changed his tune about Pat Quinn. Surprising, because over the summer you could have been certain that Quinn was Cox’s bitter enemy. An older article by him says that Quinn should stay, not go, at least until Christmas. Of course, the always cynical Cox still believes the Leafs are mediocre and that they won’t amount to anything. Maybe he’s being a realist here (and, seriously, you can’t expect Toronto to really do much this season), but I’m kind of sick of reading story after story about just how bad Toronto is. Come on, they’re not the Washington Capitals- there’s got to be at least SOMETHING positive to say about them. This “doom and gloom” thing gets pretty old fast.

-DG