Here is our weekly trip around the hockey blogosphere bringing you some of the best articles that you may have missed.
“Yet here we are with a Toronto sports personality saying a Leaf player was a “3rd of July Parade” type of player. It infuriated me. It’s 2011 and people like me are still the butt end of jokes in sports, even hockey. Toronto is a wonderful city, I love the place. It’s where I want to live. But with sports analysts and even the mayor of Toronto himself making gay and lesbian people seem less important, leaves me demoralized. I hope that some good will come out of a situation like this, and that people will finally talk about it for awhile.”
On the first day in training camp last year, Bissonnette was called into Maloney’s office after one tweet crossed the line of good taste.
It’s a talk Maloney won’t have again.
“I told him it was the last conversation in this office,” he said. “The next one would be ‘Good luck, you’re going somewhere else.’ It was sort of a wakeup call. If you want to act like a 13-year-old, go act like a 13-year-old somewhere else.”
For some, hearing the over-the-top homerism reminds them of watching the game with friends in a bar. For others, it’s like attending a game in Montreal while wearing a Bruins jersey – you’re just there for the hockey and try your best to ignore the commentary. But for us, we love Edwards and all he brings to the table as the play-by-play/head cheerleader for the B’s.
“The owners wanted cost certainty. The players fought a salary cap to the point of a destroyed season. They finally settled, and the result is that teams are spending more money than ever, more teams are losing money than were doing so before the lockout, and there is no end in sight without some serious concessions from both sides, yet again.
Do we truly feel that the NHL and NHLPA can work out a deal where the salary cap could actually go down? If you feel that deal can actually be reached, do you think it can be done without a strike or lockout? The rapid rise in spending suggests that the owners, GMs and players are all perfectly okay with running right back off the cliff they ran off of in 2004.”
We all have ways of coping that are different. Some folks are in the anger stage, and I get that. I’m still angry and upset at ASG and the NHL for allowing this situation to happen. I probably always will be. But misplaced anger never did anyone a bit of good, nor did actively wanting others to fail. No one wants to be around that guy who goes around, laughing at other teams’ misfortunes. For heaven’s sake, Atlanta fans, don’t be that guy.
Getting back to basics though, one of the most persistent questions I’ve seen from around the hockey blogosphere asks the simple question of “what if one of these teams decides to thumb his nose at this part of the CBA and simply not field a team that meets the salary floor? What punishment is there?”
Past experience tells us Luongo doesn’t take kindly to guys that aren’t in the business of pumping his tires. (That’s why he’s so nice to gas station attendants.) That said, Luongo forgave Kesler for doing effectively the same thing during the Olympic gold medal game, so Duco could take his chances and appeal to history. Or he could delete a few tweets before training camp.