Archive for January, 2011

Kessel Picked Dead Last

January 29, 2011

phil kessel picked last all star game

Why does it amuse me so much that token Maple Leafs representative Phil Kessel was picked dead last in the All-Star Fantasy Draft last night? Sure, he got a car and $20,000 to soften the embarrassment but still. It’s pretty humiliating.

Kessel tried to act like it didn’t matter.

“I don’t care one bit at all,” said Kessel. “When I was a kid, I would never have dreamed of being here. Hopefully the fans in Toronto are happy to see me in the game. I’ll play well in the game for them.”

Um. Unlike how you’ve played for them this season?

Kessel has 34 points in 49 games for the Leafs this season and is a -19. Toronto, by the way, currently sits as the 5th worst team in the NHL meaning that the second of the 1st round picks the Bruins acquired for young Phil is, at this point, a Lottery Pick once again.

Way to keep bringing up the rear, Toronto.

Worst Fears

January 24, 2011

Marc Savard has another concussion.

Savard Down Again

January 22, 2011

Marc Savard is being sent home from the Bruins brief West Coast road trip “for precautionary reasons” according to B’s coach Claude Julien following the team’s 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. In an incident that marred the excellent effort by the team, Savard was hit hard and seemed to suffer a serious injury to the head. Admit it, as he was being helped to the locker room in obvious distress, you and everyone watching was thinking one thing: concussion. Savard’s struggles with post-concussion syndrome are well documented and every time a hit like this happens, it’s human nature to wonder about a re-occurrence.

Of all people, former Bruin Matt Hunwick was the guilty party. He hit Savard while he was in a vulnerble position near the corner boards and Savard’s head went hard into the glass/dasher. It didn’t appear to be a dirty hit but severe nonetheless as Savard went down immediately, clutching his head.

It really. Really. Didn’t look good.

What was worse was the way Savard needed to be helped to the dressing room, in obvious distress, holding a towel to his head. It almost appeared, beneath the towel, he might be in tears. As if he knows already that it could be a worst case scenario situation.

Still, too early to assume too much or get hysterical. Thoughts go out to Savard as he’s got another rough road ahead, likely.

Time, again, will tell the tale.

Peter Forsberg Eyeing Comeback

January 22, 2011

peter forsberg comeback

As the Boston Bruins prepare for a matinee game in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche this afternoon word that the 37 year old Peter Forsberg is set to practice with his former team today with sights set on a return to NHL action this season.

How’s that for out of the blue, eh?

A long admirer of the gentleman, I consider him one of the greatest all time international players I’ve ever seen. Who knows what sort of shape he’s in. It seems like he’s been gone forever and we all remember the endless injury woes that seemed to force him from the NHL. However, 37 just doesn’t seem that old anymore. I see what Mark Recchi is doing in a B’s uniform and some of my preconceptions of players nearing the 40 year mark has been adjusted. If you have the passion and keep the body tuned up, maybe there’s mileage to be found in the old carcass.

Personally, I hope it happens. It would be fascinating to watch. His agent, in the Denver Post today, says it’s “only a test”. Which raises the question – are the Avs just humoring and old soldier or would they be serious about this? We’ll see.

Meanwhile, the Bruins need to rebound from what I consider a disappointing no-show against the Sabres the other night at home. Mike MIlbury called it correctly in his post game comments. No physicality from the top three lines. No emotion. Where has the hitting game gone? Once again, we look to the change in Milan Lucic’s game and wonder.

What happened to the guy who once put Mike Van Ryn through the glass at TD Garden and why does he shy from contact so often these days?

Let’s hope we see an answer this afternoon.