As juiced as I was—and I guess still am—for this Stanley Cup final between Detroit and Pittsburgh, I’m not sure this long gap between series is helping. By the time the series starts I will be in full-on Memorial Day barbecue mode, and I may temporarily forget whether Brooks Orpik is a forward or a defenseman.
Moreover, filling the void hockey has left, I find myself actually caring that the Yankees are going to move Joba Chamberlain to the starting rotation—and I hate the Yankees (on a related note, my 3-year-old son has defiantly told me he’s a Yankee fan despite my mandate that he root for the Mets. Of course he doesn’t really know who any of these people are, although I’m proud to say he can easily identify Wayne Gretzky, Jaromir Jagr, and Bobby Orr).
In other news, the early results from the poll are telling. The vast majority of you would like to see the acquisition of an upper echelon defenseman be Glen Sather’s priority heading into agency, with the re-signing of “an otherwise occupied Sean Avery”:http://www.jossip.com/sean-avery-is-figuring-out-vogues-copy-machine-20080521/ coming in second. I suppose I agree, although given my well-documented indifference for all things defense, I would put re-signing Jagr up there as well.
Here’s the question: are there really any defensemen out there that make your mouth water? Sure, Brian Campbell is intriguing, but he’s flawed as well and going to make a team overpay for him, and after that, I feel there’s a lot of only secondary talent. Surely the Rangers will target at least one of those players, but I’m not sure you should expect any of them to be saviors.