I was watching The Spin with Steve Kouleas, Steve Ludzik and Al Strachan on The Score tonight. Well, I don’t usually pay attention to these guys but something quite interesting caught my eye. According to at least Strachan anyways, Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich is interested in buying MLSE. And he isn’t just any old Russian Billionaire, Abramovich is the same person who tried buying the Vancouver Canucks a few years ago but failed.
A little history on Abramovich. According to a Russian finance magazine, as of January 2007, Abramovich’s worth is apparently over 21 Billion dollars. Abramovich also bought Chelsea FC of the English Soccer Premiership and immediately poured funds into the team in order to produce a winner. Money is no option for Abramovich as he reportedly offered AC Milan over 89 million dollars for one single player (Andrei Shevchenko). Abramovich is also an owner of the CSKA Moscow soccer club.
These are exciting times for European hockey. With all of the talk of expansion in the NHL to Europe, and of a new Russian proffesional hockey league, it seems that Europe hockey is just about ready to strike gold. But this could also mean tough times for the NHL and its players.
It is extremely revolting to witness John Ferguson Jr.’s intentional mismanagement of the Leafs long-term salary cap structure by signing and trading for aging and unproductive mediocre players, and mortgaging the Maple Leafs future by trading away many high draft picks and top prospects in a feeble attempt to make the playoffs this year and secure a coveted contract extension from MLSE for himself. Also, Ferguson is such a disgraceful, self-serving and incompetent GM who never acknowledges or corrects any of his mistakes!
With the recent injury to Toskola , and both raycroft and clemmenson playing worse then trevvor kidd did in 03/04. Why not give Pogge a chance, the kid has been playing well for the marlies this year with a 12-2-4 record and a .909 save percentage why not give him a chance to show us what he gots. What do you guys think?
Once again the Pens faced the Leafs, and once again the Pens rolled the Leafs. Evgeni Malkin scored his first hat trick, joining Jordan Staal as Pens players to score their first career hat trick versus the Leafs. [Here's to Sykora, holding the longest hattrickless drought getting one next game.]
But the REAL story of this game was the awesome fight between Darcy Tucker and Jarkko Ruutu.
I have started to become an Eklund fan. Although he blows more hot air than my heater, he is entertaining. I have started reading his blog on a regular basis. However, every once in a while, Eklund really PISSES ME OFF. In his latest article, he is exploiting the possibility that Ovechkin might sign in Montreal, seeing that his contract negotiations (he received one offer, I’d hardly call that negotiations) are falling through with Washington.
If anyone has been watching the Canadiens play lately you have to admit that they are looking good. Last season Kovalev was invisible on most nights, This season it looks as if he grabbed the team by the throat.
If anyone watched the game against the Rangers you know what I’m talking about…
It’s been a while since you’ll have heard from me but I gotta get involved a little here.
Ranger fans I’m back to speak for the people. And Jagr is on my list of problems.
JAGR IT”S TIME TO MAN UP OR SHIP OUT!
According to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, the Toronto Maple Leafs are swindling their fans on a regular basis by passing off Wellwood, Stajan, and Steen among others as stars of the future because the team coddles the players too much by protecting them from criticism when they play poorly, and gives them way too much credit when they are performing only at a decent level.
Yes it is a rare occurance when a Hab fan like myself writes an article concerning the Maple Leafs. To me, however, this article is more than just about the Maple Leafs, it is about a player I’ve always had a soft spot for, even though he plays for the enemy. Mats Sundin can crack the top 10 centers in the NHL on sheer consistency alone, his career point totals along with his similar numbers every season support this theory. In the end, with everything he brings to the table, he deserves to win the Stanley Cup, and let’s face it Leaf fans, it’s not going to happen in Toronto anytime soon.