Lots of NHL news and rumours happening recently. I thought I’d do a few quick hits about them today.
The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are interested in trading for Ilya Kovalchuk.
Don’t believe the hype folks. I think most sportswriters believe they can keep their jobs if they get “scoops.”
First, it’s too early in the season for any major trade to happen.
Second, Kovalchuk is making $6.4 million, while the Habs have $1 million in cap space.
Third, the Habs have lost only one game in regulation in their first 10. Why miss that up?
Fourth, the Leafs are rebuilding. Bringing in a major player that will take away ice time from the young guys doesn’t make sense.
If the Habs had made every trade/free agent that was rumoured, their fourth line would be something like Kovalchuk/Gaborik/Sundin.
Martin Brodeur will miss 3-4 months because of a busted elbow.
Am I the only one not worried about the New Jersey Devils? I don’t think they’ll make a trade for a goalie, because they don’t need one. Brodeur will be back in February or March, right when the playoff race tightens up. He’ll be rested and ready to prove the injury won’t slow him down. All the Devils need to do is be around a playoff spot by the time March rolls around, and they’ll be fine. And in the Eastern conference, I can’t see them falling behind the Islanders, Lightning, Thrashers or Panthers, even without Brodeur. And the money they’ll save while Brodeur is on the IR means they can make a major signing or trade for that final playoff push. They’ll be fine.
Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators broke out of his slump last night with two points.
I think it’s great that Fisher got two points last night. That means he’s not due for another multi-point game for another 8 or 9 games.
A woman was charged for drinking and driving a Zamboni
From a Yahoo story:
“A woman has been charged with impaired driving after she was seen driving a Zamboni erratically at the Kingsville Arena, hitting the boards and falling asleep slumped over the wheel.
“At around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, an off-duty Kingsville OPP sergeant who happened to be at the arena was approached by a number of citizens telling him “I think the Zamboni driver is drunk.”
“The sergeant observed the 34-year-old driver operating the machine in an erratic manner, with speed fluctuating and missing large portions of the ice surface. On more than one occasion the Zamboni struck the boards and at one point the machine was stopped and the woman was slumped over the steering wheel. The sergeant contacted Kingsville OPP and requested assistance.
“The woman managed to drive the Zamboni off the ice and she was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. During the arrest, the woman was not co-operating with the officers, who discovered she had a mickey of vodka.”