Mike Cammalleri will play his former team for the first time tonight as the Habs take on the Flames at the Saddledome tonight (7PM MT). Cammalleri joked that he would try and get Jarome Iginla to pass him the puck during tonight's game. The way Iginla's luck has been going so far, it might just work. Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Habs, who signed Marc-Andre Bergeron and called up defenceman Yannick Weber today to fill the Andrei Markov/Ryan O'Byrne-sized hole on their blueline. Bergeron is 5'9". Make of that what you will.
Mike Keenan and Anders Eriksson appeared on TSN's Off The Record yesterday afternoon. Once I stopped laughing and overcame the urge to curse at Eriksson for committing a ghastly turnover in the defensive zone, I settled in to witness one of the most forced exchanges of praise between two people since Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Iron Mike went on to say that Robyn Regehr's comments "surprised the Hell out of me," and that Regehr had been very supportive of his coaching style earlier on in the season. Later in the show when Keenan was asked what member of the Flames was saddest to see him go, he replied "Craig Conroy." I don't know if Mike read either of the Calgary newspapers after his dismissal, but I seem to recall Conroy doing some trash-talking of his own.
As if Americans don't already think we're collectively off our rocker, CBC has spawned a Dancing-With-The-Stars type reality show featuring the likes of ex-NHLers Tie Domi, Bob Probert and Claude Lemieux and figure skaters Jaimie Sale and Marie-France Dubreuil called "Battle of the Blades," which is taped at the abandoned Maple Leaf Gardens. You know Canadians, including myself, are eating this shit up with spoon. I was positively giddy watching Ron McLean's forced comedy ( and no, he isn't any more entertaining when not being perpetually interrupted by Don Cherry) and Kelly Hrudey's awkward advances on the figure skaters. Last night's episode saw the pair of Kristina Lenko and Bob Probert eliminated, and as a result each can now disappear back into relative anonymity.
Milan Lucic signed a three-year extension with the Bruins today, which means three more years of this:
As you know by now from previous posts, I have been enamored with this kid ever since I saw him play in the Canada/Russia Super Series in 2007. I even picked him in the first round of my playoff pool last season and took a serious razzing for it, but he's a good, strong power forward with good hands, built for the playoffs. In my defence I was tied for first place for a few days before taking a nosedive to second-last, but I digress. This signing fuels further speculation that I may be a closet Bruins fan.
The Calgary Herald rolled out the "What's Wrong With Iggy?" headline today, two games into the season. I think that may be a new record.
It appears that Team Canada's goaltending tandem at the 2010 Winter Olympics may not include the names Brodeur and Luongo. It is early days yet, but both star goalies have struggled to start the season, posting 4.03 and 4.55 GAA, respectively. Cam Ward isn't doing much better, with a SV% of .891 and a 4.04 GAA. That leaves Steve Mason and Marc-Andre Fleury to duke it out for the job. Steve Yzerman and Team Canada management are expected to start scouting prospective Olympic candidates in the near future.