Out of the frying pan...
Turns out I wasn't the only one ticked over the officiating Saturday night.
As indicated in the above linked article, Andrei Markov has indeed been suspended for three games. It's a fact of life: touch an official, get suspended. This was not a bright move by Andrei, with a couple more tough divisional games coming up and the team already shorthanded. Souray and Komisarek will also be out. In fact, this suspension could permanently cost the Habs the services of Ron Hainsey, if he is claimed off re-entry waivers. This is a distinct possibility, as noted by Bob MacKenzie.
With three regular defensemen out of the lineup, this could get ugly tonight in Ottawa. What the hell happened to that great start? Since Kovalev's surgery, the team is 2-4 and the bad news just keeps on coming.
This great line is from Buccigross' latest piece:
"Quenneville has about $10 million-$20 million in the bank and he dresses like a Burger King night-shift manager. You have to respect that. Joel is the kind of guy who would rather smoke a $300 cigar while wearing an $8 tie. Crawford is probably the other way around."
Unfortunately, so is this line:
"I love the Colorado home whites, and if I was a season-ticket holder in Denver, I'd be bummed if I couldn't drink my $12 beer and watch them fly around in those white sweaters."
He's a very entertaining writer, but sometimes I wonder how much of a 'hockey guy' he really is. I mean, "bummed" over the Avs wearing dark sweaters at home?? Come on.
Then there's the usual letter responses where he offers name suggestions for unborn children. Then the usual references to bands that were big on 90's college radio, then something about an otter and chicken parm. Those bits that are getting to be as beaten to death and threadbare as a SNL skit. If we could only merge his writing style with Eric Duhatschek's hockey brain, we'd have the perfect hockey writer.
Looks like I spoke too soon. Because of injuries/absences on the Habs' blueline, Ron Hainsey is now a Columbus Bluejacket for half price. The Habs will be facing the Sens tonight with three NHL defensemen, one AHL defenseman, and Mark Streit. Beautiful. Doug Maclean better hope he doesn't get into similar injury trouble, or at least hope Bob Gainey isn't as spiteful as I am.