The Philadelphia Flyers pounded the Canadiens into submission in Game One of the Conference Semi – Finals. It was an ugly 6-0 one sided win.
If you were a Habs fan tuning in and waiting for a hockey game and your team to show you probably feel as though you’ve been stood up like a groom still waiting at the altar.
How to explain such a debacle?
There should be some fine free-agent NHL players available July 1, and the Avalanche should have plenty of cash to spend if owner Stan Kroenke gives the OK.
The Avs have 12 players under contract for the 2010-11 season at combined, cap-averaged salaries of $28.2 million. The salary cap is expected to stay at or near the current $56.7 million. Of the few players the Avs definitely need to re-sign (Peter Mueller , Chris Stewar t, Kyle Quincey ), most are restricted free agents, meaning they won’t have full leverage in negotiations, giving the upper hand to management.
Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said he wants head coach Pat Quinn back for another season behind the Edmonton bench, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal.
Senators fans aren’t likely to get their wish when it comes to Alex Kovalev this summer.
While the winger took it on the chin in last Sunday’s Ottawa Sun You Be The Boss poll in which 71% of respondents wanted the Russian dealt, three NHL executives doubt it’s going to happen.
After all, having a one-year, $5-million (all terms US) contract, being 37 years old and coming off surgery for a torn ACL and being generally inconsistent in 2009-10 … there just aren’t going to be too many suitors.
“I don’t think anybody is going to want him,” a league executive said Saturday. “Sure, they could try to see if anybody wants to take him, but he’s a high-risk, low-reward player. There’s not a big market for those types of players.”
Evgeni Malkin is often an out-of-this-world talent who can play keepaway with the puck, but after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ shocking ouster by the Montreal Canadiens, it is painfully obvious the Penguins have an overabundance of a good things at centre and a paucity of wingers.
Penguins GM Ray Shero loves his strength down the middle, with Sidney Crosby, Malkin and the best one-two-three punch in the game, and he keeps saying that he doesn’t want to mess with such a good thing, but why couldn’t he move Malkin ?