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You guessed it, no hockey
But Bobby Orr will make it all better
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 pathetic?

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 NHL).

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

The 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

The 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 28 teams.

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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