It's almost Christmas Eve.....er, Pre-season. Same thing different name more or less.
This whole offseason has been a terrible plight for the hockey addicted fiends of the world.
Once the Free agent Frenzy was over it seemed like every GM in the NHL brushed their hands and said "Well that's that. Let's go golfing!". Pretty much any action going on is a snoozefest. I really don't care which second tier AHL guy has been signed by which team. I'm not alone.
But seriously, to steal a cliched 80's catch phrase Where's the Beef?
Where's the Action? Where's the suspense? You can say the whole Sundin Saga counts, but I disagree. Is an over the hill backsliding talent like Sundin's waiting game really suspense or is it the sort of story that is indicative of the boring offseason so far?
The KHL seemed like a good story line for a second. But the only real story there is Jagr pouting his way back behind the Iron Curtain. Wade Dubieliwitz and Ray Emery running off to Russia is the equivalent of a road movie made with a B-Movie budget. Add a shrug and move on.
But we can get past that if we get the Payoff. What's the Payoff? A great NHL season. At this point I'll take a mediocre season and run with it. Things this summer have gotten that bad. Usually I'm not all that set on the Pre-season. Whip dee damn doo the pre-season is here. Not this year. I'm so hard up for something worth talking about happening in the NHL I'll take the AHL call up goons going at it over a BLT sandwich in a Jimmy John's on ESPN 8 "The Ocho".
The last action to happen before they start really dropping pucks is going to be the few teams over the cap getting back under and foisting off onto LA their dregs. (Sorry Kings fans, but we both know it to be true.)
I think that's all I got this week.