Here are some quick thoughts:
- Ilya Kovalchuk has got to love playing on a line with Marty Reasoner and Chris Thorburn. When I think playmaking, I think Reasoner, who’s never had more than 20 assists in a season. I get that Kovalchuk is a mess in the defensive zone, but I’m not sure if taking away his offensive abilities is the best way to fix that. Kovalchuk is a big guy and I’ve seen him get physical. It seems a coach might want to figure out how to consistently bring out that behavior in a star player. You know. Or put him with guys from the checking line. Either one, really.
- Also, in case you didn’t know, the horrible U.S. economy isn’t the best thing for hockey. It looks like eventually we’ll have the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Other Toronto Maple Leafs. Or the Maple Leafs, Too. I haven’t picked a name for the second Toronto franchise yet.
- The Capitals are crazy injured. They’re playing the Panthers tonight, but I’d love to see them play the Blues. Maybe the two heavily injured teams would agree to play four-on-four the whole game.