If you have been out and about this weekend and haven't heard the news or what not, here's what you may have missed:
-Bruins fire Mike O'Connell: It was a long time coming, for sure, but the Bruins finally axed O'Connell. Now, this season and the trades that came along with it had good and bad implications. Bad, of course, is giving up main cogs like Sergei Samsonov and Joe Thornton for deals that even EA Sports would reject. Good, however, is one of the players made in the trade, Marco Sturm, sparking a fire under players like Brad Boyes and Patrice Bergeron. Lest not forget the fact, also, that the Bruins only had 4 players signed after the lockout, which means they didn't get the luxury of the 24% rollback on a majority of their squad. Fresh starts are good and in the long run, it will be better for B's fans to start a-new, next season.
-Back-to-back (-to-back): The schedule czars have done it again. With the exception of the three-game series with the Hurricanes and Capitals, the games between the Leafs/Habs and Canucks/Oilers have had a nice little playoff mentality to it. Of course, the Leafs/Habs went into a nice little brawl mode towards the end of the game, but somehow-- I think a lot of people thought that would happen regardless of if they played back-to-back games. The Canucks/Oilers series just had the feel of the playoffs as both teams were fighting for their lives in sense of a playoff setting. Yet, as these two punch each other out-- the Sharks are looming in the background just slinking into the playoff spot.
-The Slumping Sabres: After a hot season up to this point, you had to figure that the Sabres would hit the wall of reality sooner or later. That's not to say they are done, but the lack of help that Ryan Miller and Martin Biron have been getting really shows that the Sabres could have done more at the trade deadline. Though the Sabres can play in any atmosphere (ie: high scoring, low scoring), they just can't seem to close the door. Even with their big time players like Danny Briere and JP Dumont back, they have slacked off as of late. It could be a good thing for them to get the losing out of the way early, my hope for the Sabres fans that they can turn it around for the playoffs. Granted, that won't help my Fantasy team now, since I have both Miller and Biron-- but oh well.
-College Madness: In the NCAA, the Frozen Four is set with only one #1 Seed, Wisconsin Badgers, heading there after a 1-0 triple OT game against the Cornell Big Red. The Battle Of Beantown ended in a 5-0 Boston College Golden Eagles trouncing over the Boston University Terriers. The Maine Blackbears took out the Michigan State Spartans 5-4, while the North Dakota Fighting Sioux beat the Holy Cross Crusaders, after Holy Cross beat 2nd ranked team in the nation, the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Above the 49th, the Alberta Golden Bears beat the Lakehead T'Wolves to capture their second straight CIS title and 12th title in the teams history. Though some of the rules are different from the NCAA, the pride of school and alma mater is still there and still exciting.
(EDIT: I know it's Lakehead, not Lakewood-- that's the last time I mix Nyquil and DayQuil)
-Ken Daneyko Honored: The original Devil, Kenny Daneyko had his #3 raised to the rafters in the Swamp this past weekend. A gritty player who wasn't the flashiest or most offensive player, but he got the job done and has three-Cup rings to his credit. It couldn't have happened to a better man.
That's it for now, but check back later today and throughout the week for more....whenever we can think of something up to talk about. Sound good, eh??
This has been ScottyWazz. Take care of yourself and someone else. PEACE!!