uLAr Takes will return next
week with a full length column, but since this weekend is very special, I
thought I'd at least fire off a couple Randumbs your way, in order to keep the
mood light. Take em' for what they are worth, whether it's with a grain of
salt, or a pound of Canadian bacon, Randumbs are on the way. Let's get
There have been a few players & fans actually
complaining about this weekend's Heritage Game, saying that 2 points are at
stake, and the outdoor game should have been an Exhibition game. Right,
like anyone would be talking about an Outdoor Exhibition Game in 10-15 years !
Players & fans need to realize that they will become part of history on
Saturday. And why are these two points so crucial ? Why were these
same people quiet when the NHL staged 2 Regular Season games on a frozen
swimming pool in Japan a few years back ? The answer is simple:
Montreal fans !
It's no secret, Edmonton is one cold place in
November, and players will have to brave against the cold. Apparently, the
player benches will be heated, so the goalies are the ones who will suffer
most... well, almost. Edmonton goaltender Ty Conklin has an edge there,
having grown up in Anchorage, Alaska !
The Toronto Maple Leafs have 9 1st Round Draft
picks on their current Roster - the same amount as the Ottawa Senators.
Unfortunately for the Leafs, 3 of those players are Tom Fitzgerald, Aki-Petteri
Berg and Wade Belak ! Players passed on by the Leafs in those Entry Drafts
include Anaheim's Petr Sykora, Calgary's Jarome Iginla, Vancouver's Mattias
Ohlund, New Jersey Devils' Patrik Elias and Montreal's Jose Theodore to name a
few... If that's not proof that Scouting is important, I don't know what
Don't look now, but Minnesota's Alexandre Daigle
seems to have found his scoring touch, finally. After 20 games played this
Season, Daigle has 7 goals, putting him on pace for a 30 goal season, which
would be a career best.
Finally, why was there even a fuss over whether
Mark Messier should be allowed to play for the Oilers in the Mega Stars game.
Would New York fans have reacted the same if it was Gretzky ? Note to
Rangers fans: Messier just passed Gordie Howe to become second on the
All-Time Points list. That alone should be a passport to ANY Legends game.
End of story !