Friday, September 15, 2006


Avalanche forward Steve Konowalchuk will undergo tests after pre training camp exams detected a heart abnormality. The severity of the problem is unknown. The last thing the Avs need this year is a key injury. Konowalchuk had 15 points in 21 games last season before missing a large amount of time due to a broken wrist. It was the best start to a season for him in his career. Colorado needs him to be healthy all year and contribute offensively.

Saku Koivu said that his eye felt fine after a practice today. Saku, who was wearing a protective lens, had this to say:
"It will be a different scenario when we play against another team, but this was a first step and we have a couple of days before the first pre-season games. I hope that every day I feel a little more comfortable out there."
Koivu still isn't being overly confident.
"If I don't face any setbacks and the vision is the way it is now, I don't see a problem for the season opener. But the first couple of exhibition games will tell a lot more."
Know what I think? As it is with every pool season, I will not pick Koivu once again. He just can't stay healthy for a whole season. It's almost like a curse for him.

If Leaf captain Mats Sundin had a choice he says he will finish his career as a Maple Leaf. Good on him. He does have honor doesn't he? He also stated:
"I don't have a desire to go anywhere else to be part of a championship team," he said. "We have just as good a chance to be a championship team right here as anyone else.
I can't see myself trying to go to a contender at the end of the season just to be part of a championship. Any of the 16 teams that makes the playoffs has as good a chance as anyone else.
We had almost as many points as Edmonton had when they started their playoff run, and they went to the final. It was encouraging to see a lot of the younger players come in during the last 20 games and play well. That gave a brighter outlook to the start of this season."

I think that if this wasn't the new NHL, Mats may have bailed to go to say Colorado, for example, to win the Cup at the latter stages of his career. Especially if the LEafs were floundering. But he is absolutely right. Anyone can win the Cup once they get to the playoffs in the kickass new NHL. So why would he go anywhere else? The Leafs will negotiate a contract extension with him during the season, I have no doubt about it, as this is Sundin's final year.
I want to add that yes, they did have the same amount of points last year as Edmonton, as Sundin stated, but they did not have a proven goalie in net like the Oilers had.
As a Leaf fan, my only real concern will be the play of Andrew Raycroft. Raycroft is excited to be in hockey mad Toronto, but if he fails, us Leaf fans will lynch him, oh yes we shall!

Keith Tkachuk did not report to training camp out of shape this year. I guess he excluded beer and potato chips from his diet this summer. Gad, slow news day or what??!! Who gives a rat crap about Tkachuk's weight (no pun intended!)


At September 15, 2006 at 8:12 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Koivu has developed a cataract growing in his eye...he will need surgery at seasons end. It is okay for him to play with this condition for now.

Is there anything that don't happen to this guy?

Gotta give him full credit though, nothing stops him.

At September 15, 2006 at 11:31 p.m. , Blogger Hodge said...

From coming back for more, you mean??

Too bad the Habs can't learn to play without him in the line up.

At September 16, 2006 at 1:25 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

If you check back, when Koivu missed 79 games in 2002 with cancer, the Gilmour - Theodore led Habs did make the playoffs, with Koivu returning to register 10 points in an upset of the 1st place Bruins in the opening round.

Last season, he missed a dozen games during the year but returned to lead the team to the post season, where until the eye injury took him out, the Habs looked pretty damn good. The only team to be up two games on the eventual champs, no less. The Habs four losses after, two in OT, were hardly representative of a team in a tailspin due to his loss.

Cam Ward had way more to do with the Canes win than did the Habs perceived lack of depth in that series.

It's quite pointless to go on about bad luck, timing, and fate. Koivu's cancer and eye injury were hardly his fault.

Rag on Koivu all you want, I didn't see Sundin or Naslund leading their respective teams to the post season. I didn't see anyone else step up and help their teams out either.

You can't point to what the Canadiens managed without their captain when the Leafs and Canucks accomplished less with theirs.

Whatever your point is, Hodge, I'm not so sure you made it. I'm quite confident actually, that you don't even know what your talking about when it comes to the subject of the Canadiens.

No offense meant my blogger friend, but get the facts first before you make your opinions.

At September 16, 2006 at 1:30 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

..and Sundin is delusional - don't drink his Kool Aid!

At September 16, 2006 at 2:47 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Way to go RC, you are absolutely right about Koivu in that respect.
The poor injury prone fucker can sure be a leader, when he isn't hurt. To be realistic, he is a better leader than Sundin and Naslund put together. But even you have to admit that Sundin is a better leader than Naslund is.
All I can say about Koivu is really unfortunate how much he gets injured. He would put up superstar numbers if he played all season long. This season he needs to be there for the team as captain, and he needs to stay healthy, godammit. For once! But to argue with Hodge, the Habs do play well without Koivu don't they?? Ah shit , I'm drunk..what do I know??

At September 16, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

I don't know if Koivu's top end could ever included superstar numbers. It's his heart and effort that raise his barely a point per game status and makes him a suitable captain. Sundin and Naslund outstrip him in talent and can often equal him in effort. Sundin down the stretch last season was something to witness. He's far from a finished player by any standard.

And hey, who posts late at night sober anymore?


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