And in Sports…

The NHLPA ratified the new collective bargaining agreement today. Tomorrow, the owners should do the same. After that, we get hockey back.

Yay.

According to various accounts, the Washington Capitals look poised to sign 2004’s entry draft overall superstar-to-be, Alexander Ovechkin, after his last-minute opt-out of his contract with some Russian team that doesn’t even bear mention. He’s been described thusly:

The multi-tooled left winger, the consensus top player in the 2004 draft, has been compared to countryman Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers, except he is considered a much better two-way player.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

The Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning ranch, that is. (Yes: Over one year after the Bolts won The Cup, I am still gloating. Deal with it, fuckers.)

I have a feeling that Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning netminder, Nikolai Khabibulin, won’t be wearing black and blue come October. He’s proven himself a money-grubbin’ motherfucker in the past (think Phoenix)… but maybe I’m underestimating his loyalty to the one club that placed their faith in him, and ultimately The Cup at his feet.

I doubt it, though.

Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis, Boyle, Fedotenko? Bolts bound, I figure. Fuck it, John Grahame can stop some pucks.

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2 thoughts on “And in Sports…

  1. With no red line anymore, fast defensemen will be crucial. I forget who Tampa has.. but are they quick? Goaltending will definitely need to be top notch as well (more so than recently).

  2. Inner monologue when Roy retired:

    “With Forsberg, Sakic, Hejduk, Tanguay, Kariya and Selanne, fuck it. David Abeschier can stop some pucks.”

    We all know how that worked out for everybody.

    The Bolts will be tough again this year. Definitely the team to beat in the east.

    Looking forward to seeing the red line gone and boring ass trap teams like the Devils getting their asses handed to them. Not looking forward to seeing Forsberg leave the Avs because they cant pay him enough. You gotta keep Sakic, Tanguay, Hejduk, Blake and Footer, right? Right? Get rid of the best two-way player in the game? Fuck. I don’t care if he’s hurt all the time.

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