Killing Spin on the Puck, Melnyk Extends Murray’s DealShareThis
New Puck Daddy: Managing your star players ice time for playoff success
Congrats to Ottawa Senators fans, who receive the gift of three more years of Bryan Murray.
Two guesses why Melnyk re-signed him:
1) He was so impressed with Murray’s ability to de-build a team, he figured he’ll be just as good at the rebuild.
2) He really loves summer, and sees no need to put someone in place that may make him work longer than necessary
Odd that it comes right after a Sens OT win – you get the feeling Melnyk was so pumped from the win (like George Costanza’s “I’m giving you a raise!”) that he just blurted out, mid-hug “I’m signing you to a new deal!”
Honor of all honors – Bourne’s Blog has been included in the blogroll for Norm Macdonald’s “Sports Show” that premiers on Tuesday and is inevitably going to be great.
I mean, it really doesn’t mean much aside from the fact that somebody who works on Sports Show knows about my site and thinks it’s half decent, but hey…. that matters. I’ll take any association with Norm I can get, dude is hilarious.
You know what blows my mind about goals like this:
Okay, well that wasn’t the greatest example of my point, but it gets me to where I’m going: when Mike Cammalleri gets a puck in a spot like that, it never, ever seems to be spinning. He kills spin like I’ve never seen – the puck always seems to just sit where it’s at, because he takes passes so well.
It’s one of those things that people sitting at home can rarely see, but when you get a rebound kick out to you, or a pass off the boards, or just a direct pass, the puck is spinning in a certain direction – in different directions depending on if the pass is from a righty or a lefty. You don’t always know if it’s going to hit your blade and climb your toe or heel.
It’s not really a problem on one timers – if you can get through the puck quick enough it seems to be void. But I assure you: if I got that pass back door, I would one-time it to make sure it wasn’t gonna spin off on me, which makes it tough to shoot. Cammalleri just has magic pass taking hands, I guess. It’s like he’s a premier NHLer or something.
I’m confused by the fact that they only put a few hours of the Masters on a day, even during the final rounds. You end up missing either Phil or Tiger’s entire round – you telling me they wouldn’t get good ratings if they showed an extra couple hours?
If that request isn’t telling enough, I’ve been (predictably) loving the Masters. It’s on Masters.com basically from morning til the last round is done, and I haven’t been shy about having it on while I type so I can at least listen to what’s going on. Puts me in a nice calm place to write.
My Masters picks, however – Bubba Watson, Anthony Kim, Ernie Els and Le Tigre – are badly tanking. When Tiger is your best hope, at this point, it ain’t a good thing (he just opened with a bogey on one, SWEET).
Enjoy the golf and a fantastic finish to the NHL season friends. Happy weekend.