- First, it looks like the Tim Thomas contract is not nearly as Bruins-friendly as it originally seemed.
Ultimately, the contract should be judged by how it affects the future of the B's. Will they have the cap space to retain Phil Kessel, David Krejci and - eventually - guys like Milan Lucic and Marc Savard? Time will tell, but Krejci/Kessel might be sacrificed to the offer sheet gods before this is all over.
- Our other concession: Alex Ovechkin probably deserves the MVP. For quite some time, we've been promoting Evgeni Malkin as the Hart winner but Ovechkin's goal scoring ability is more of a "game breaker" than Geno's all-world passing. Not to say it isn't a very close match and we could always pull a 360 if Malkin scores 8 points this week.
- One thing we have a hard time imagining: CLS ever pumping up NBC when it comes to NHL coverage.
- Oh, but it gets MUCH worse.
After NBC's stunning decision to move a heated Eastern Conference Finals overtime game to Versus for a horse racing preview show, they pretty much were dead to us. But give NBC credit for finding new and exciting ways to pour salt in the wounds of hockey fans.
Illegal Curve makes a good point about another flaw in NBC's programming decisions: the lack of anything resembling consistency. A casual hockey fan truly can never know if they're going to get to watch a game each Sunday as there is no clear reasoning to indicate when the NHL will be on NBC and when it will "take the week off."
With the continued struggles of Versus to find a uniform home on basic cable, finding the NHL is starting to become like a sad sports version of Where's Waldo. Despite what crazy Boston announcers tell you, the NHL needs one nightly ESPN game so people can at least find one game per week.
- Greatest Hockey Legends featured a really interesting look at Don Cherry's brother, Dick.
GHL has some other great posts too, with a look at the evolution of the Cup and also a discussion regarding a female hockey player who looks A LOT like Owen Hart.
- Turned in the last "Bubble Update" at Battle of California today. Here was the prediction for the final three remaining qualifying West teams, with Nashville being the odd team out:
8. St. Louis
- Finally, unless technology says otherwise, you could hear my awful voice on the Hockee Night Puck Cast tonight.
Look for a link, unless it ends up being a disaster. If that happens I'll claim it was a different James O'Brien with the same lust for puns and disregard for personal hygiene and tact. Seriously, there's about a million James O'Briens/Bryans/Brians out there.