Now there, above, are three words that won’t make you guys very happy.
The three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership award were announced this morning, and one of them is your least favorite player: Sidney Crosby.
The other two are Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla.
Anyway, the Captain will be in Pittsburgh tonight to discuss the award, the finalists and, of course that story that has gotten so old by now — the 1983 and 1984 Oilers, the last team to play a rematch of the Stanley Cup finals. And the comparisons everyone is trying to draw between Sid’s Penguins and Mess’s Oilers, who won the rematch and stopped the Islanders dynasty at four Cups and 19 consecutive playoff series won.
But if the Penguins go down tonight to Detroit, well, you can pretty much stop all that comparison talk.
By the way, I loved the comment from Mike Babcock before the series about all the promo highlights from last year’s series. He said that, from watching the highlights, he thought Detroit had lost the ’08 final.
I know you’re not happy about the ticket price increase, and I wouldn’t be either. But considering what the Giants, Jets, Yankees and Mets have done to their fans re: prices and PSLs, this isn’t bad. Of course, they all got new stadiums and made you pay for them. The Rangers are just making you pay Wade Redden.
MID-DAY UPDATE, 11:39 A.M.:
JD is honored (or honoured). Here is a release I just received from the Hockey Hall of Fame:
Hockey journalist Dave Molinari and former broadcaster John Davidson honoured
TORONTO (June 2, 2009) — Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that DAVE MOLINARI, the newspaper voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for print journalism. Hay also announced that JOHN DAVIDSON, a long-time broadcaster who is currently the President of Hockey Operations with the St. Louis Blues, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
Molinari is described by his colleagues as a survivor. A survivor whose subtle blend of dry wit and unending sarcasm got him through a series of devastating newspaper strikes in Pittsburgh, the disintegration of his newspaper, The Pittsburgh Press. Most notably he was the lead chronicler for all of the tragedies and triumphs of Mario Lemieux’s career as the lead hockey writer for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
“Since 1984 Dave Molinari has been telling the Pittsburgh Penguins story with the perfect blend of insightful analysis and entertaining prose,” said PHWA President Kevin Allen. “The fans of Pittsburgh of been fortunate to have highly skilled players such as Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. And they have been equally fortunate to have a highly skilled writer such as Dave to chronicle their successes. With his dry wit, Dave is also the leading press box humorist in the hockey writing community. He is one of the most respected hockey writers in the game today.”
Davidson, a former goaltender for the St. Louis Blues and the team’s first-round draft choice in 1973, boasts an impressive hockey career on and off the ice, including as an analyst for the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Network, CBC and various other national hockey broadcast partners in the United States and Canada. Awarded the Lester Patrick Award in 2004 for his contribution to American hockey, Davidson’s distinguished broadcasting career includes lead analyst work at the past five Olympic Winter Games.
“John Davidson has had a remarkable career in almost every aspect of professional hockey, and we as a broadcast community benefited immensely from his expertise and professionalism,”said Chuck Kaiton, President, NHL Broadcasters Association. “He is an incredibly deserving recipient of this honour.”
Molinari and Davidson will receive the awards at a luncheon presentation on Monday, November 9, 2009. This year’s Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place November 6th to 9th, culminating with the Induction Ceremony beginning at 7:30 P.M. (EST) on Monday, November 9.