Folks, it's less than 24 hours away now...the annual NHL draft!
Y'see, this year I'm excited for three reasons. A guy I went to high school with, Ryan Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings, is expected to go in the first two rounds, so I wanna see where he goes and when.
It's Flames GM/Coach Darryl Sutter's first draft!
PLUS, look at what my beloved Flames have done the past few years at the draft:
2002: Drafted Eric Nystrom, son of Islanders legend Bob Nystrom. Nystrom made a good impact at camp and is expected to possibly make the team this year. Also drafted QMJHL standout Matthew Lombardi, who scored 25 goals in the AHL last year. Aquired Jamie McLennan to back up Roman Turek.
2001: Drafted Chuck Kobasew and the world's fattest goalie, Andrei Medvedev. Then-Flames GM Craig Button acquired Roman Turek for Fred Brathwaite & prospects Daniel Tkazcuk & Sergei Valamov. Also, Button traded for Rob Niedermayer.
God willing, Sutter'll pull something off!
Your winner and 3-time Stanley Cup Champion...the New Jersey Devils! Their title defense begins in 4 months!
A guy from my hometown went 11th overall to Philadelphia.
Ah, Canada. Where everyone can do the six degrees of seperation to about a half-dozen NHLers.
Over 1450 posts and still never a Wiener of the Day!
Oliva: You are the weakest link! Goodbye!
Stewie: Ahahaha. Oh God, that's funny. That's really funny. You write your own material? Do you? Because that is so fresh. 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye!' You know I've never heard anyone make that joke before. You're the first. I've never heard anyone reference that outside program before. Because that's what she says on the show, right? Hmmm? 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye!' And ye...ye..yet you've taken it and....and used it out of context to insult me in this everyday situation. What a clever, smart girl you must be. To come up with a joke like that all by yourself. Mmmmm...that's so fresh too. Any Titanic jokes you want to throw at me as long as we're hitting these phenomena at the height of their popularity. Mmmm? Cuz i'm here God you're so funny!
TSN.ca The Flames were reportedly offering $1.4M as a lowball arbitration offer, while Kiprusoff's agent wanted $4M. I'd say this is fair, definately not Giguere money ($4.5M annually) and definately a good investment.