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But Bobby Orr will make it all
4/25/05 - By Mike Lee
Legendary Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, made a noble attempt at
righting the NHL in an editorial column published in the Eagle-Tribune on
Sunday. Orr asked that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmen and NHLPA boss Bob
Goodenow to "get out of the way" in order to settle the impasse that has left
NHL rinks vacant for almost a year now.
''Our sport is in danger of
becoming irrelevant unless both sides immediately put an end to this
nonsense,'' Orr wrote.
Irrelevant? Sorry to break the news Bobby, but
curling is more relevant than the NHL these days. Of course, Orr has no vested
interest in the two sides settling their differences. Oh wait, he does. The Orr
Hockey Group has represented several NHL players and prospects since 1997.
The only reason Orr is throwing in his two cents, is because he's
expecting a return on that investment. Can this labor situation get any more
Duck, Duck, Goose
Reports out of Anaheim,
indicate that the Mighty Ducks have asked the Philadelphia Flyers for
permission to interview former Sharks GM Dean Lombardi for their vacant GM job.
What's the worse part of that announcement? The fact that Lombardi
might be back in the Pacific Division, or that you had no idea the Ducks were
even looking for a new GM (see my comment above about the irrelevance of the
Lombardi, who is currently serving as a scout for the Flyers, is
competing with former Canucks GM Brian Burke, and former Blackhawks GM Mike
Smith for the job.
Replacement Fans Not Far Behind
on again, off again relationship that is the NHL labor negotiations continue to
ring ripe with strategic posturing and other occasional tidbits of information
that nobody really cares about anymore. Bettmen says that replacement players
will be used if no agreement can be worked out prior to the start of training
camp this Fall. Bettmen says replacement players will not be used next season.
I'll be holding open casting auditions for the role of
me as an NHL fan all next week. Candidates, must have a pulse, know where HP
Pavilion is, and should be able to hold their $6 beer.
If this keeps
up, I may be tempted to go see a SabreCats game sometime this season. I'm not
quite at Stealth levels yet.
Down on the Farm
Cleveland Barons wrapped up a miserable season on April 17th with a 3-2 win
over Rochester at Gund Arena in Cleveland. The Barons finished the 2004-05 AHL
season with a 35-37-2-6 record, good enough for last place in the North
Division of the Western Conference. The Barons 78 points was 24th best out of
Ryan Clowe's 62 points (27 goals, 35 assists) led all Barons,
earning him the team MVP award.
Defenseman Chritian Ehrhoff led all
Baron blueliners in scoring with 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists).
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