Last Friday, the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins played knowing full-well that things were likely to turn dicey. What resulted was hockey mayhem.
Two weeks ago, during a different Islanders-Penguins game, Islander goalie Rick DiPietro was knocked out by Penguins goalie Brent Johnson. DiPietro suffered injuries as a result and is missing over a month of play. When the teams played again, the hockey code of honor called for retribution on the Islanders’s part. They delivered.
With the NHL’s trade deadline less than four weeks away, you’ll be hearing most, if not all, of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster mentioned in rumours. However, if you know what’s good for you, you won’t develop an ulcer or worry yourself sick over any scuttlebutt.
In the absence of any game analysis or waffle throwing evaluations, I thought I would simply share an odd dream I recently had….
I awoke last night in a cold sweat with cloudy thoughts of a Jeremy Roenick game winner, Dominik Hasek and Arturs Irbe standing on their heads and an unusual amount of players screaming at NHL referees. Ok, so I had a strange dream, our old GM Pat Quinn had actually taken over Brian Burke’s mind and body and was in actuality our current GM in the form of Burkie. Now that I have lost most of you, to the remaining readers let me at least explain further.
Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper will make his season debut either Friday at Anaheim or Saturday in Los Angeles, coach Mike Babcock said.
The Wings begin a three-game road trip tonight in San Jose (10:30 p.m., FSN).
“I’m ready when I get the call,” said Draper, who had hernia surgery last month.
BURKE SEES PROGRESS
Brian Burke celebrated his second anniversary as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday.