If you aren't a hockey fan, well, you're missing out. Of course, the NBA playoffs -- for the most part -- have been fun to watch as well.
Anywho, plenty of depressed folk up Vancouver way, that Stanley Cup parade route going to have to wait another year. Or more. Whatever. The big talk up there has been the third period implosion of one Roberto Luongo and the Canucks on Monday night in Chicago.
That was one ugly third period, and with Louie only signed for one more season and being overly non-committal for more, there is some talk (from OFP pal Ed Willes) that the Canucks have problems that trading their All-Star goalie could solve.
It's an interesting take; and it may be something Vancouver really has to think about. By dealing Louie, the Canucks would save his $6.75 million cap hit next year. That would help them sign the Sedin twins and go after a big name defenseman who, unlike Luongo, really wants out of South Florida. Of course, the Canucks won't just give up Louie for a bag of pucks, so money will be coming back. But Vancouver only has $31 million ($24 without Luongo) committed for next year, so it has some run to maneuver.
Where would Louie go? Not here, unless Tomas Vokoun was going west (no offense, but the Panthers can't have two goalies with a $6.75 million cap hit). Philly.com is reporting that the Flyers want Martin Biron back and his agent says he wants to return, so all the Flyers are looking for is a backup. There are a lot of other places Louie could fit in, and maybe getting out of Vancouver (after failing to get out of the second round in two of the past three seasons) may not be a bad idea on his part.
-- Looking forward to these Game 7s, you? Tonight's Pittsburgh/Washington game should be a classic for the ages, and the same could be said for Detroit/Anaheim tomorrow. The big question in the third Game 7 is whether the Canes have anything left in the tank. Carolina looked a step off in the past two games with Boston playing with plenty of desperation. If Carolina can get a super game out of Cam Ward, they can still pull this thing out. But their backs are against the wall in Boston.
And I hope you have Center Ice. Versus doesn't have room for both and they're showing Detroit/Ducks.
-- I hate linking to these kind of reports because the only reason they are out there is so they will be linked to by sites like this. So, you can find it yourself. Anyway, SI.com came up with a list of the best and worst owners in all of professional sports. Our very own Alan Cohen was ranked No. 29 in the NHL, just above the Maple Leafs and below the Thrashers and Lightning. Whatever. Pretty dumb poll if you ask me.
-- And as much as I still think Versus gets it wrong, their numbers have been pretty good of late. I think they can thank the strong play of the game more so than their 1) marketing and 2) actual coverage of the game. But hey. Good for them.