I know I haven’t blogged in forever, but going back to work is always a crazy time. Of course, there hasn’t been much going on that I’ve been neglecting, but it’s time to clean some loose ends up.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson participated for Team Sweden at a development camp for the U20 teams last week. He played heavy minutes in all three games against the USA and Finland. In the first game, he came up big with a power play goal. He was also quite feisty during the tournament. He ended up sticking up for his goalie a couple times and earned elbowing and roughing minors. And a diving (!?!?!) minor. Umm…… ahahahahahha I’m excited to see him at camp!
Quite a few searches hitting my blog recently were about “Hanzal contract talks”. I don’t anticpate this geek signing any time soon, mainly because my friend in Czech saw an interview that Marty did and he said “I think it will be a long time. Maybe when the season starts I will sign”.
NOW LISTEN UP! There are many translation possible errors in meaning so don’t start flapping your jaws. I don’t know if this means preseason or season season. With all his work on penalty kill, power play, AND shutting down the likes of Thornton-type players every night, this kid deserves a raise. In fact, I spent the better part of a year making signs telling him that he needed a raise. I TOLD COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN THAT MARTY NEEDED A RAISE. AND THAT IS AN HONEST TO GOD FACT.
But Marty, this can be easy or difficult. Please don’t make me write you a super embarassing blog post about needing you to sign. Or, if by chance you are not signed by the time the season opens and I’m in Prague…… I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND BEAT YOU UP! In a loving manner. But a beating!
PS ~ Any NHL team that is stupid enough to dare give him an offer sheet, I will blow you up.
No word yet on Stempniak, but you have to think that the longer he doesn’t sign, the better Phoenix is looking in this tortoise-paced race. He has been successful in this system. Why not sign for a low deal and show that he can do it for a full year and then cash in huge next year?
I love Shane Doan so much. Is it October yet?