Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The most important thing is this nearly guarantees the new-arena deal will be OK.
We say nearly because we aren't stupid.
You never know when an old nemesis could try to job things up:
Speaking of the new budget, at least all the employees who were furloughed (what a word) will be back to work.
So, yes. Expect all Drivers' License Test Centers to be open tomorrow.
Around the NHL
In the murky waters that is NHL free agency, there is a bright spot.
Dominik Hasek takes one for the team, as his agent says he's worth $6 million a year.
They negotiate, and Hasek is staying with Detroit for another year.
1 year -- $2 million.
Dominik Hasek for $2 million.
What a deal.
Hasek stopping one of the six shots he faced all last season.
.........Sitting Coach has a new captain.
Billy Guerin signs with the Isles.
The Isles are a mess.
If you're an Islander fan, you're looking to piledrive someone.
If this was Devilsblog, we would have already had a subsidiary Scott Clemmensen blog running, detailing how much of a joke his NHL career has been.
Toronto signed him to a one-year deal.
Actual quote (in context) from TSN.ca:
''Scott is an experienced professional goaltender, who will provide depth in the organization at that position,'' vice-president and general manager John Ferguson said.
Clemmensen, 29, played six games for the New Jersey Devils this past season registering a 1-1-2 record and a 3.15 goals-against average. He also played one game and had a shutout for the American Hockey League's Lowell Devils.
The Des Moines, Iowa native has played in 25 career NHL games, all with New Jersey, registering a 7-6-4 record with a 2.82 goals against average.Wow.
Clemmensen goes from the easiest job in the world (backup to Brodeur) to the most pressure-packed situation in hockey.
Even Jesus Christ turned down a two-year deal to play goalie for Toronto.
Who wants that heat?
We're too lazy to go check, but Brodeur's new backup may be a bobblehead of Martin Brodeur.
......The Pens are now taking cash money to secure your place on the season-ticket waiting list.
Not a bad deal, either.
Sidney Crosby has resigned
The deal is 5 years, 45 million as per the post gazette.
Just a good deal.
In other news, Ray Shero will be named the CEO of the Pirates.
And while mentioning the Pirates: The Post Gazette is running a tremendous feature on the 1997 Pirates.
If you remember Shawon Dunston hitting two home runs against the Indians in a packed Three Rivers Stadium, you know what life is all about.
And not to overdo it with the segues, but the title below is a direct copy from the Post Gazette title of the recap of the 1997 season "A Summer in the Sun."
A Winter in the Sun
Sunday, January 7, 2007
We Steal A Point. PENS LOSE.
Anyway, Gonchar makes one of his few bad plays of the season, springing Lecavalier on his second breakaway.
With the five-hole wide open, Vinny goes blocker-side on Fleury and is stoned.
Right after that, Joltin takes an acceptable penalty, and the Lightning go on a 4-on-3 powerplay which was basically like The Rock taking off his elbow pad before delivering the People's Elbow.
99.9% of the time, the elbow is landed and the match ends. The Pens were in the .1% tonight.
This Day In History
Carl Friedrich Gauss comes up huge by discovering that every positive integer is representable as a sum of, at most, three triangular numbers.
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