*The worst job at TSN has to be mixing the combination of amphetamines and hallucinogens that are injected into Pierre McGuire immediately prior to TSN going on air and then fed to him by way of an IV drip throughtout the day. Pierre’s highlights included an assertion that the Oilers’ acquisition of Patrick Sullivan was basically a trade of Erik Cole and Joni Pitkanen for him straight up, a rant about the extent to which Tampa is a disaster that seemed to be as much about kissing Jay Feaster’s ass as anything else and participating in a panel that laughed at the idea that there’s any comparison between Cristobal Huet and Miikka Kiprusoff, in part because of the understanding that now exists between Kiprusoff and Keenan. I can’t stand him.
*The NHL should examine any future Tampa Bay Lightning/Toronto Maple Leaf dealings very closely. The “trade” in which the Leafs acquired an injured Olaf Kolzig, Jamie Heward – who may well currently be in a different dimension -, a “prospect” who was drafted five years ago, is 23 and can’t stay healthy and a fourth round pick in exchange for Richard Petiot is too bizarre for words.. Mirtle priced this as costing the Leafs about $600K. If you accept that a fourth round pick isn’t worth $600K and that Burke isn’t that dumb, you’re left to wonder what his angle is on this.
*Tampa is a complete embarassment at this point. Off the top of my head, Radim Vrbata, Kolzig, Mark Recchi and Steve Eminger are already gone from this year’s acquisitions. There is basically nothing there. Easily the most hopeless franchise in the NHL right now.
*I have no problems with what the Oilers did. They turned Erik Cole into a player who contributes now in Patrick O’Sullivan and got Ales Kotalik for a very small piece of the future. On paper, they’re better than they were at the start of the day. Reasonable expectationms for Cole going forward might be better than they are for Kotalik but Cole’s contribution this year was small enough that Kotalik should be able to cover it.
*I don’t know how whipped the Calgary media is but if thoe guys have any self-respect, when the day comes that Darryl Sutter gets the axe, there should be a line of guys waiting to stick the shiv in as he leaves town. I can sort of understand how the Edmonton media doesn’t bury Lowe for his mistakes because he treats them with respect. Sutter could preface all of his answers with comments about how the questioner’s mother is a whore and he’d come off about as polite as he does now.