Don’t Forget the Losers

I love the time between playoff rounds because it lets me catch up a little bit. Not so much on the playoff teams, but on the teams that were bounced out of the playoffs.
Or in the case of the Buffalo Sabres, the team that didn’t even make the playoffs and is seeing two former players (Daniel Briere and Marty Biron) lead their team (the Flyers) into the Eastern Conference finals.
Over in Colorado, Adrian Dater pointed out Joe Sakic asked to be out on the ice for the final seconds of the Avs blowout loss to the Wings. That could be an indication Sakic won’t be back next season. It could also be an indication he’s a masochist. It’s hard to say. Only time will tell.
Over in Washington, spurned goalie Olie Kolzing finally explained Nameplate Gate. It doesn’t seem like he’ll be back in DC, although I’m not sure what kind of starting opportunities he’ll find with other teams.
Also, it looks like Jaromir Jagr will finally come off the Caps’ cap. One of my favorite parts of having Jaromir Jagr in New York has been knowing that his time here is subsidized. It makes me feel like a farmer being paid not to grow something.
Now, onto the winners.
In Detroit, everyone is asking who the team MVP is so far. Drew Sharp says it’s not Chris “Mr. Stable” Osgood. Jamie Samuelsen says it’s coach Ken Holland. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is also in the mix for MVP, all the more amazing when you consider he has yet to record a hit in the playoffs.
Also, Dallas’ four overtime win over the Sharks actually got pretty good ratings. What is it about Dallas and really long playoff games?
Oh. And I missed this because I didn’t stay up, but apparently American hockey icons Mike Modano and Jeremy Roenick had a nice moment on the handshake line.