In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Could Evgeni Nabokov be an option for the Maple Leafs?…A Canucks fan waits for Shea Weber…The Canadiens are limiting their front office and coaching options…Ten NHL stars who never scored a hat trick…A Calgary Flames great is today’s “Bad Hockey Card of the Day”.
PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Speculation has NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov perhaps reuniting with former Sharks head coach Ron Wilson with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With James Reimer’s return still unknown, the current Leafs tandem of Jonas Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens are struggling, which is arguably the main reason for the Leafs recent losing skid. GM Brian Burke won’t panic, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s shopping around for options.
CANUCKS ARMY: “angus_j” considers the possibility of the Vancouver Canucks pursuing Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber in the near future, as well as other options if that weren’t feasible.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks have already invested around $35 million in the Sedin Twins, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, David Booth, Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard. Weber could receive at least $7.5 million per season next season, either from the Predators or another team. All of those salaries currently on the Canucks books are nearly impossible to move. While anything’s possible, the odds of the Canucks landing Weber are long…so long, in fact, if I were a Canucks fan, I’d consider other, more affordable options.
THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona suggests the Montreal Canadiens are limiting their management and coaching options by insisting on hiring bilingual hockey people.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Bob Gainey’s hiring had as much to do with his pedigree as a GM (Cup winner with Dallas), and coaches like Jacques Demers, Alain Vigneault and Jacques Martin (in my opinion) were good hires, I have to concede Zona’s point. What should be important for the Habs is hiring the best people for the job. Bilingualism should be a secondary consideration. And no, that’s not a bigoted thing to say. Indeed, if a francophone is the best available person for either job, he should get it, but his ability to speak French shouldn’t be the prime determining factor, or give him an edge over an otherwise better qualified candidate.
Canadiens fans want a winner, and most could care less about the ability of the coach and GM to speak French. While a handful of ageing, cranky separatists would complain, for most Habs fans, the language of winning is what counts. Since the Habs roster is no longer predominantly francophone, it doesn’t make sense for that language requirement to continue behind the bench and in their front office.
THE BLEACHER REPORT: Sam Kelly presents “Shane Doan and the 10 best players to never score a hat trick”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m surprised Doan has never netted a hat trick. Ditto Brad Richards, who also appears on this list.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier present Lanny McDonald as his “bad hockey card of the day”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wow, all hair and mustache. You know, I think I have that hockey card somewhere…