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Ferris Wheel 1/18
A collection of random thoughts, many of them about ice hockey . . .

  • If you saw that three-point game coming from Sergei Samsonov, you've got better psychic connections than I do.

  • Marian Gaborik is going to score 60 goals some year -- and it won't be for the Wild.

  • Vincent Lecavalier is having a super year, but something's wrong if he wins the Hart Trophy. I'm pretty sure the team could finish last in the conference without you.

  • There was a time to sell high on Chris Osgood and a time to buy low on Dominik Hasek and I think I missed both of those windows.

  • It's one thing to refer to an All-Star Game snub, but it doesn't mean much if you don't identify who the snubbed player should be replacing.

  • Draft players up front, then figure out the blueline later. When spring training opens, you can switch this theme to -- draft hitting, figure out the pitching.

  • I like ice hockey on TV, but it's 20 times better in the arena. And make that 30 times better if you have good seats.

  • It's been a fun ride for Dustin Byfuglien but it looks like he's hit the expiration date. It's no coincidence the club is trying to acquire a major defenseman.

  • I'll let someone else speculate on Maxim Afinogenov for the rest of the year, thanks.

  • Two decades in the NHL for Larry Murphy and I still never hear him say anything interesting. Please don't go anywhere, Mickey Redmond.

  • I got a hunch it's going to be a nice finish for Alexander Semin. Liked his jump Tuesday night.

  • I haven't liked a full Pearl Jam CD since Vs.

  • Just once I'd like to hear one of Bill Walton's 35-minute meanderings be aimed at hockey. Can someone get him to a rink one of these nights?

  • Marc-Andre Bergeron might score 25-30 goals some day if a coach just leaves him alone and lets him do what he's capable of doing.

  • Patrick Sharp, underrated no more -- at least when payday comes. A good lock-up from the Blackhawks.

  • Atlanta isn't this good. Los Angeles isn't this bad.

  • Congratulations if you waited it out on Daniel Briere. He's back with Simon Gagne again and everyone is happy.

  • Real men aren't afraid to make trades.

  • Now, I like The Mama's & The Papas. I'm not ashamed to say that. But if you're going to make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame off five albums, they better be monstrous. I don't see it.

  • The Canucks better get a second line if they want to go anywhere in the playoffs.

  • No one in Motown will say it, but the Red Wings basically lucked out when Brendan Shanahan turned down his summer offer.

  • Peter Mueller of Phoenix improves every game I catch him, and he was the best player on the ice in Thursday's loss to Columbus. He's not yet 20, either. Major, major upside here.

  • If you're dangling someone juicy in trade, you get everyone involved. Don't limit yourself. Let them fight to get to you.

  • Headphones. Nice hotel rooms. Fettuccini Alfredo. Some things are just worth the extra dough.

  • I'm pretty much wrong constantly on Marek Zidlicky, but nonetheless let's put this out there -- his points might fall off the table once Shea Weber gets back up to speed.

  • I'll take Mike Babcock and Wayne Gretzky for the Jack Adams Award, you can have the field.

  • Why can't the Sharks play decent hockey at home? Their splits make no sense at all.

  • The Red Wings have thrown 152 shots on goal over their last three and a half games, with six crummy goals to show for it. Someone's going to pay for that eventually.

  • The Capitals and Oilers had 22 straight misses in the shootout Thursday before Matt Bradley connected. It's not supposed to be that hard, gents. And oddly enough, the teams combined for eight goals in regulation.

  • Keepers are great, draft picks are great, but the goal is to be competitive every year. And when you got a chance to finish first, you have to go for it. Paraphrasing from old friend Joe "The Volcano" Sheehan, those Championship Banners hang forever.

    Posted by penferris at 1/18/2008 5:25:00 PM
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