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Ferris Wheel 3/7
A collection of random thoughts, many of them about ice hockey . . .

  • If you saw this Jose Theodore revival, you're a better man than I am.

  • Give Jeff Carter a tap on the pads for stepping up while Mike Richards gets his hamstring right. Carter's eventually going to be a No. 1 center.

  • For the second time in three years, the Islanders are dead last in attendance. Maybe it's time for them to do something other than re-designing the sweater. And why are the Black Hawks playing to just 76.8 percent capacity?

  • Don't even think of making her a Mixed CD in the first year. Just trust me.

  • Wait, how much snow did they get in Dallas? How many incoming flights were canceled? And I was just about to whine about the Michigan endless winter again.

  • The shutouts from Craig Anderson were nice, but I was just as impressed when he kicked out 25 of 27 against the Penguins Thursday.

  • Few things sound as cool as a shot rattling off the goal pipe.

  • Do Toronto fans boo Bryan McCabe on a night where he racks up four points? Never mind, it was a road game.

  • My German Shepherd barks ferociously at the in-laws, mail carriers and the Avon Lady. Man's best friend, indeed. Want another treat, Gabe Dog?

  • It's hard to find a lot of mistakes on Ken Holland's resume, but the Chris Osgood contract isn't going to look good when the balance sheet comes out for next year.

  • I've been wrong on Dustin Byfuglein about five times this year, so you're on your own for the final month.

  • Minnesota's a dangerous team to play in the short term, but can anyone imagine this group going deep in the Western Conference playoffs? I look at the construction and I see a team built for the regular season, not the playoffs.

  • “Almost Famous” is so good, I forgive Cameron Crowe for “Jerry Maguire.”

  • Maybe someone stepped up and challenged Nik Lidstrom for the Norris Trophy over the last few weeks, but I didn't notice anyone. Don't hold the injury against No. 5.

  • Don't make the same mistake I did – make sure your league trade deadline is a few days after the NHL deadline, so teams have a chance to adjust and react to the player movement.

  • Let your kids play every position for one season, even goalie if possible. It's fun to move around and they'll learn the game more, understand it better.

  • It's blasphemy coming from a Boston-bred like myself, but I get the idea Phil Esposito would score 30-35 goals a year, tops, in today's game.

  • It's a crime if we don't see Alexander Ovechkin in the tournament.

  • If I ran a serious contender, I would have inquired about Michael Peca at the deadline. He's defending and agitating at a high level again.

  • Long rides don't bother me, but extended time in stop-and-go traffic is cruel and unusual punishment.

  • I can't see how Patrick Marleau stays in San Jose much longer. No one wants to say it but he was shopped around last month.

  • I can't remember an era where home ice advantage meant less than it does these days. And that's a good thing.

  • It just doesn't look right to see the University of Maine buried in the Hockey East standings.

  • What's kept Cole Hauser from being a major movie star? I watched “School Ties” again last week and his performance is the one that stood out the most.

  • When in doubt, put me down for what Brett Hull thinks. Get this guy in an election and I'd vote for him – heck, I'd campaign for him. He's good for the game, now and always.

  • I generally tip pretty well in all situations, but what's the rule when you're picking up your own carry out? I've never been able to figure the proper move there.

  • I listen to one Pavement song and I'm listening to them all day.

  • Something tells me there won't be an NHL franchise in Columbus through the next decade.

    Posted by David Ferris at 3/7/2008 4:09:00 PM
  • Comments (1)

    The Price May Be Right
    I was a little surprised at Montreal's dealing of Cristobal Huet earlier this week with the team in position to make a deep playoff run. They have speed, scoring, a lethal power play and until last week two strong goaltenders, one experienced and one who is the future. That said, Price was impressive in Saturday's win over New Jersey, showing poise and confidence. He controlled rebounds nicely, made some good plays handling the puck and looked positionally sound. Given the Devils have been abysmal offensively the last three games, but Price was strong. I'm starting to see a bit of what the Habs' brass must have seen when they decided to go forward with starting the Price era. Hindsight will be 20/20 if Price falters in the playoffs, but for his first two starts minus Huet, the kid has looked strong. I have to think he'll be a top-10 netminder in drafts next year. The Habs are right at the top of my list of teams I don't want to face in the postseason.

    Posted by Dan Pennucci at 3/2/2008 7:33:00 AM
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