On Avery, Waivers, and PET/CT scanners
"I think it was typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back anything up. I'd think if a guy like Brett Hull was coming up the middle, somebody probably wouldn't have stepped up and hit him, but like I said, a typical move from a guy wearing a visor that certainly doesn't like to get scratched at all."
The idea that those wearing visors shouldn't play physical hockey is as asinine and outdated as Don Cherry. I wonder what Avery's teammates think of his comments, especially the visor-toting Luc Robitaille and Eric Belanger. Next time the Kings play the 'Yotes, watch for Denis Gauthier to strike up a conversation with Avery during a break in play and say, "Wow, you're right. I guess I never really thought about it that way."
Why is it that skilled players like Bryan Berard, Al MacInnis, and Dany Heatley suffer eye injuries instead of boobs like Sean Avery?
In some older news, the Habs' made their second round of cuts on Monday. Kyle Chipchura and Carey Price were assigned to their junior teams, and Olivier Michaud, Andre Benoit, Jonathan Aitkin and Michael Lambert were assigned to Hamilton.
Aitken must clear waivers. The article says Ron Hainsey has the edge over Mark Streit for the 7th defenseman spot because Streit can be assigned to Hamilton without clearing waivers. Hainsey would be picked up by another team for sure. This sheds some light on the battle among forwards - I believe Hossa and Plekanec would have to clear waivers if they were cut, giving them a leg up on Higgins and Perezhogin. Vandermeer has a one-way contract so he's in, and Latendresse will surely be returned to junior.
McGill University Health Centre unveiled their shiny new PET/CT scanner.
"The Saku Koivu Foundation, with contributions coming from piggy banks and corporate vaults, provided $2.5 million of the $8 million required to purchase and install the scanner, the first of its kind in Quebec."
Finally - start planning the parade route. The Habs are now 4-1 in the preseason.