When aging NHL superstars sign with teams in nice climates, I tend to think they’re career is pretty much over. Look at Brett Hull in Phoenix. Look at Jeremy Roenick in Phoenix.
Of course, Roenick decided his career wasn’t over and ended up unretiring to sign with the Sharks. After sitting out game six, Roenick put together a four-point night that led the Sharks to clinch a semifinal playoff spot.
How did Roenick end up with two goals and two assists? Coach Ron Wilson’s text message told him to.
Also, it seems coach Ron Wilson was the first coach to get Roenick to focus on hockey, rather than his career, the media, his next controversial statement, etc. And a lot of people zeroed in on Roenick as a sleeper playoff factor after he scored 10 game-winning goals during the regular season.
Meanwhile, over in Calgary, the autopsy begins. Was it coaching? Was it goaltending? Was it the new uniforms? Or was it the usual Calgary issue of not enough offense beyond Jarome Iginla?
Over in DC, Joffrey Lupul showed, in overtime no less, the value of playoff experience. The Caps also got a wonderful lesson in playoff officiating, as a tripping call led to the game-winner.
Also, starter-turned-backup goalie Olie Kolzig seems done with the Caps, having removed his nameplate from his locker after the Caps final game. If the Caps can’t sign unrestricted free agent goalie Cristobal Huet, this could be Washington’s last visit to the playoffs for quite a while. How sad is Kolzig’s exit? This is a guy who would have captained the team, had goalies been allowed to wear the C. This should have been one of the best seasons of Kolzig’s career. Washington threw away a lot by pushing him out and it doesn’t seem like they got very much in return.