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Last night during the game, Marc called me up and said, “If the Rangers lose this game, Tom Renney will be fired. Especially if they get shut out.” I tend to disagree. If Glen Sather were to fire Renney now, or make any changes, he would be admitting that he failed. He’s not going to do that because his ego is far too fragile.
I ‘m going to put this one to a vote. I’m not asking if he should be fired but if he will be fired.
Sam Weinman has decided to leave the Rangers beat to take a senior editor position at http://www.golfdigest.com. And seriously, who can blame him? That’s a serious step up from blog writer.
Not to say that Zipay is bad. I actually enjoy his writing.
From all of us here at 5-hole.com, good luck in your new job, Sam. You will be missed.
I am absolutely swamped with work today, so sadly, there will not any Birthday Punches today, because I just don’t have time. Please try to hold back your tears.
However, today is Dominik Hasek’s 44th birthday, and I couldn’t leave him out just because I’m busy. So I give you one of my favorite clips of “The Dominator”. Enjoy!
This is the first of what should be and will hopefully be a daily feature here at 5-Hole: where we let you know who in the hockey world is celebrating their birthday today! All active NHL players will be listed, as well as any retired players who have played a decent amount of games. That dude that played 1 game into 1983 hasn’t earned the right to be acknowledged on this prestigious website. You hear that? He hasn’t earned it!
Liam Reddox – Edmonton Oilers- 23 DJ King – St. Louis Blues – 25
Carlo Colaiacovo – St. Louis Blues – 26
Patrice Brisebois – Montreal Canadiens – 38
Rhett Warrener - Calgary Flames – 33 Tomi Kallio – 32 Dave Manson – 42
Mark Lawrence – 29
Alexander Godynyuk – 39
Brian Engblom – 54
Jiri Bubla – 59
Hector Marini – 52
Terry Harper – 69
On on completely un-hockey related note – The Yankees have just resigned pitcher Andy Pettitte to a 1-year, $5.5 million deal. Here’s an excerpt from ESPN.com’s article on the signing:
After months of stalled negotiations, Pettitte and the Yankees agreed Monday to a $5.5 million, one-year contract. While the guaranteed money is less than half New York’s original $10 million offer, he can make an additional $6.5 million in bonuses: $4.5 million based on innings and $2 million based on days on the active roster.
Read that again. According to ESPN, 5.5 is less than half of 10. Worldwide leader in sports. Not so much first grade math.
Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 48th birthday. Let us all bow our heads and give thanks for this glorious day.
And I would like to point out that The Great One shares a birthday with:
Where the awesomeness comes from.
Where the hair comes from.
Happy Birthday Wayne!
So after the Skills Competition I had a thought. Maybe this is just me, being a Goalie Junkie, but I always think it’s somewhat unfair for the goalies during the All-Star Weekend. I know I’m not the only one that thinks this, everyone has pretty much acknowledged that ASGs are no fun for goalies. But I’ve always felt bad for them – it seems like they’re just props to help showcase the offensive talent in the league. So, I’ve always thought that goalies need their own event. And then once I have that thought, it is followed quickly by the realization that without shooters, they goalies would have nothing to do. So here’s my ideas for Goalie All Star Events that will never come to be:
-Rocket Goalies – This idea comes from Jackass: The Movie. Or Jackass 2, I can’t remember which one this was in. But anyway, there’s one part where Johnny Knoxville puts on a pair of rollerblades, and duct tapes a bunch of bottle rockets to the back of them, lit the rockets, and then tried to see how far he could get without falling down. So for Rocket Goalies, the goalies would be in full gear, but have 3 bottle rockets affixed to each of their skates. They would be in full gear, so they would be fully protected from getting hurt by falling, or from being burned by the rockets. There would be two rounds; Round 1 would consist of the Conference Goalies facing off against each other, all three would line up at one goal line, the rockets would be lit, whoever makes it the furthest without falling wins and advances to the next round. Round 2 is the winner of the East vs. the winner of the West. Whoever makes it the furthest wins. Hell yeah.
UPDATE: The guy who posted the video has embedding disabled, so here’s the link (leave it alone this time, Eric):
-The Superman Slide – Again, two rounds: East vs. West and Winner takes Winner. The three goalies line up at the goal line, skate to the blue line, and dive onto the ice. Whoever slides the furthest and stays the straightest wins.
-Goal-out – Like the shootout, but the goalies are the shooters. Like the trick shot contest this year, a junior level goalie would be in goal, but instead of forwards, the All Star voted goalies are doing the shooting. The goalies have one minute to score as many goals as they can, in full goal gear. Masks optional. Using goal sticks, not regular sticks. Whoever scores the most goals wins.
Are these suggestions ridiculous? Hell yes. Will they ever become part of the All-Star Skills competition? Hell no. But would it be fun as hell to watch if they did? Abso-rootin-tootin-lutely(I can’t use the f-word on this blog).