Wednesday, August 12, 2009

12 days into the worst month of the year...

We re-signed Jonesy! I like him and I think he's got a ton more to give us so I was thrilled to see that his new contract was finally worked out. Now we've just got to get O...O...O...O'Reily signed and we're good on the RFA front. I'd really like to grab someone like Prospal but I don't think it's going to happen. I'm not as irritated as some fans because I have a feeling that either Jones or Wilson is going to step up more than could have been hoped for. Nothing to base it on but I feel more confident with the rookie forwards this year than I did last year. The rookie defense is a scarier situation for me. Sutes and Webs (as Pekka called them) are gonna have to be beasts but I wouldn't take any other D pairing over those two.

Newbie prospect, Zach Budish, is still making his chances with the US U-20 team. I've been high on the kid since I found out he was compared to David Backes and I have a soft spot in my fandom for the Americans who want to play for their country so he's definitely earning his place there. He's one of 29 players to still have a shot at being on the team come December. He even scored a goal in the 8-1 win over Russia in the exhibition game yesterday. I don't know too much about the other US kids but he's showing that he's not planning on his ACL surgery holding him back. He'd also pick Joe Mauer as 1 of 3 people he'd invite to dinner. Winner.

The Preds boards are down at the moment which means I have tons of time to devote to work or finding things to do besides work. I know I spend way too much time on there but it's kind of addicting and I know the people there. It shouldn't be down long but I do wish I had a "Word Association", "Song Title", or "TPBM" game to play at the moment. I've already filed a stack of files taller than my torso and bitched out two adjusters on the phone. I can't wait to have that distraction back but I have a feeling it won't be the same.

As my filler during lunch yesterday, I started reading the idiotic posts on They have a thread where you list your favorite player on each team. Here's mine, I happen to think my list is made up of awesome-ness which is also the reason Vancouver is not represented, they are the anti-awesome and suck at life. Jed should be the Shark represented but he wasn't listed on their roster.

Anaheim- Ryan Whitney
Atlanta- Rich Peverley
Boston- Marc Savard
Buffalo- Jason Pominville
Calgary- Eric Nystrom
Carolina-Chad LaRose/Cam Ward
Chicago- Adam Burish
Colorado- John Michael Liles
Columbus- Jared Boll
Dallas- Brad Richards
Detroit- Darren Helm/Patrick Eaves
Edmonton- Andrew Cogliano
Florida- David Booth/Keith Ballard
Los Angeles- Dustin Brown
Minnesota- Kyle Brodziak
Montreal- Brain Gionta
Nashville- Ryan Suter
New Jersey- Zach Parise
N.Y. Islanders- Kyle Okposo
N.Y. Rangers- Dan Girardi
Ottawa- Mike Fisher
Philadelphia- Jeff Carter
Phoenix- Ilya Bryzgalov/Vern Fiddler
Pittsburgh- Max Talbot
San Jose- Torrey Mitchell
St.Louis- David Backes
Tampa Bay- Ryan Malone
Toronto- Mike Komisarek
Vancouver- Nobody
Washington- Brooks Laich/Karl Alzner (if he counts)


  1. Hmm, pretty good list. (Except for Savard. He's icky :P)

  2. awe, you don't like Savard? He won me over at the All Star Game this year.

  3. Nope, not after he (allegedly) backed down from Crosby. I love Sid, but he's not a fighter and not backing up your trash-talk makes you a pansy. If it didn't happen that way, Savard never denied it (to my knowledge), which is just as bad.