Adrian Dater weighs in on goalie Jose Theodore opting to hit the open market rather than re-signing with the Avs. Dater says the Avs deserve a little bit of a hometown discount for saving Theodore’s career. While I understand that, I don’t think the Avs would have given a contract based on last year’s .910 save percentage and 2.44 goals against if he had put up numbers like 2006-07′s .891 and 3.26. It’s frustrating, but it’s a business.
Speaking of business, I like how the cap keeps going up. In another year or so, players will be better off than they were before the lockout. And don’t forget, before the lockout, no one got 10-year deals.
Over in New York, Marty Straka may or may not have left the NHL to play in a Czech league. Straka lost some speed last year but watching him in New York, I’ve been really knocked out by his play. Obviously, he has offensive talent, but he’s great defensively, too. I don’t think he’ll be back with the Rangers next season, even if it turns out he hasn’t signed in the Czech republic, and I’m going to miss watching him.
Also, do the Sabres have the inside track on signing Penguin defenseman Brooks Orpik? Maybe. His brother is a Buffalo prospect. That’s pretty handy.
Finally, I wish there was video on this Brett Hull hole-in-one from Wednesday. I picture him slapshotting it in.