Have to give credit where it's due and it looks like tonight could be a good night for Versus and the Comcast bunch. Yes there are a lot of games going at once tonight, and it appears Versus is going to try and show as much of them as they can.
They didn't do that on Tuesday when the schedule was really jam packed. So good for them for trying to fix it.
During the second break, the Versus bunch took us live to Newark, then showed Detroit/C-Bus highlights. They say they are going to head to Newark and follow the game ''to conclusion'' after the Flyers/Pens game. Wish they would have stuck with Tuesday's game ''to conclusion.''
Had an electronic conversation with a few Versus people after Tuesday's posts, and while I agree they cover the playoff better than ESPN did back in the day (I do appreciate the bonus games broadcast by TSN/CBC), they should. They have nothing else to show. We, as a sports viewing public, are spoiled these days. We expect coverage of other games when the games you decide to show go to break or are over. Not everyone has Center Ice. If they did, you wouldn't need to put games on Versus in the first place.
-- I was having problems with my NHL.com online viewing account that has since been fixed. Thought they were blacking everything out. Not the case. I am happy now. Thanks tech support.
Great games in C-Bus and Newark, Delaware. Been enjoying them all online.
-- The Panthers, as usual, will be well represented at the World Championships.
Keith Ballard will be playing for Team USA after David Booth and Craig Anderson said thanks, but no thanks.
No one will be playing for Team Canada after Jay Bouwmeester said no and Stephen Weiss needs surrgery.
Michael Frolik and Rostislav Olesz will be playing for Team Czech, with Karlis Skrastins playing for Latvia. Janis Sprukts used to play for the Panthers, but he doesn't anymore. He's also playing for Latvia.
-- See, this is why the only hockey bets I make are the $1.50 variety with Steve X. during the season: The Hockey News' Adam Proteau said earlier in the year that the Blue Jackets wouldn't make the playoffs. Well, they did. And there he is.
-- Got this cool video from Puck Daddy: Carey Price says goodbye to the Montreal fans...
-- Roberto Luongo is happy to be getting some rest. Dude does deserve it.
-- Um, how good has Olli Jokinen looked the past two games for the Flames? Yes, he didn't score in Game 3, but he played a real strong game. Then he got two last night for the winner. Strong No. 12, strong.
-- Olli Jokinen doesn't wear No. 12 in Calgary? Ha! I suppose you're going to tell me Todd Bertuzzi got rid of his No. 44 too.
-- The Globe and Mail says there is strong pressure to put a second team in Toronto on land near the TO airport (and thereby close to the horsey track).
The NHL says don't get too ahead of yourself.
"There is no consideration of bringing a second franchise to Toronto," the league said in a statement. "We have no intention to expand in the foreseeable future, and there is no desire to relocate any of our existing franchises."
-- That arena site may or may not be close to Woodbine. I have no clue. The only time I ever go out that way is to a) go to the airport and b) go to the horsey track.
So bad it's cool.
Seriously addictive. Like Vegas itself.
-- From a friend named Luke (who never goes out anymore):
They have it at Casino de Montreal, on the third floor, up against the wall behind the craps tables.
Sincerely, your source for everything hockey, gambling and Montreal..
-- Al Strachan says Jacques Martin's job is still in danger. OK.
Here's what he writes on Fox Sports:
Florida: Whispers continue to circulate that GM Jacques Martin is in trouble because he lost Jay Bouwmeester and missed the playoffs. One of those circumstances might have been acceptable but not both. Technically, Bouwmeester won't be lost until at least July 1, but no one expects him to return to Florida. Expectations for Martin are not much higher.
-- A lot of people don't like the Tampa Bay Lightning's management. Including Bob Gainey. Join the club Bob.
-- Looks like all those Columbus fans can go back to preparing for college football season as the Red Wings move on with a sweep of the Blue Jackets. Hey, congrats to the Blue Jackets and their fans for making it to the big dance. They had a nice run, but it's Detroit. They are a machine when they want to be.
Your final from Nationwide: 6-5 Detroit.
-- Got to love Philly's resolve. Lost two in Pitt, split one of two at home, then go to Pitt and win Game 5. Solid. They have a chance now. Martin Biron is solid in net, makes 28 saves for the win.
-- How about a little love for Martin Brodeur and the Devils? Brodeur makes 44 saves and beats Cam Ward's 41 saves as the Devils are now a win away from moving on. Devils win 1-0, go back to Raleigh with a 3-2 series lead. Lets hope this one goes back to Newark. Fun series.