Saturday, January 9, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

He's baaaaaaack!

The oft-injured Rick DiPietro is finally back between the pipes for the New York Islanders. He of the 15-year contract played in his first NHL game since last January on Friday, making 24 saves and picking up an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

DiPietro put up brutal numbers in a few games in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (3.31 GAA and a .883 save percentage) and this probably isn't the start they were hoping for. Dallas goalie Marty Turco did his best to lose this one for his club, but somehow they still managed to win. Check out the goals at 0:50, 2:05 and 2:55...

Boy did he look BAD. Probably the most undeserved "W" a goalie has ever earned. Turco deserves an assist on that last one though!

Here's something else to think about: with DiPietro back, how do the Islanders handle their goaltending situation?

Of the two "starting" goalies they signed over the summer, Martin Biron has been the clear bust and is probably now on his way out. He's lost seven straight starts and has a 2-11-2 record this season with a 3.22 GAA though, which probably makes it hard to find a trade for him.

On the other side of things, former Oiler Dwayne Roloson has been in net for 38 of the 44 points the Isles have picked up so far this season, putting up a 16-7-6 record and a respectable .913 save percentage. Do you split playing time between Roli and DiPietro now?

Lights Out

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils had their game suspended tonight with 9:12 to go in the second period because the lights suddenly dimmed in one half of the rink, a problem they couldn't seem to fix.

After a pretty serious delay, NHL commish Gary Bettman officially ended the night; something I bet Martin Brodeur was pretty pumped about, given that he had allowed three goals on just SEVEN shots.

The next time the Oilers are getting blown out, they should try this out!

Who's Who?

Hockey Canada is out with a cheat sheet for you ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Five players will be donning unfamiliar numbers that you might not recognize, which is pretty common when it comes to international tournaments. Here they are:

-Ryan Getzlaf will trade 15 for 51
-Teammate Corey Perry will wear 24 instead of 10
-Patrick Marleau and Eric Staal gave up 12 for 11 and 21, respectively
-Jonathan Toews will rock 16 instead of 19

Dany Heatley (15), Jarome Iginla (12), Brendan Morrow (10) and Joe Thornton (19) all got first dibbs. I wonder if a player ever chooses a different number for other reasons?

No Laughing Matter...

Earlier this week, Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely from the NBA for continuing to make light of a situation that has him under investigation by local and federal police.

I blogged about it the other day - commissioner David Stern didn't appreciate a guy that's in trouble for having guns in his locker, pretending to shoot his teammates with his fingers.

The latest update in this incident has Randy Foye, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Nick Young facing $10,000 fines for laughing and joking when Arenas made those gestures during an on-court huddle before Tuesday night's game at Philadelphia.

Oh, and Wizard's coach Flip Saunders has apparently banned gambling on the team plane. I bet that doesn't last (see what I did there?).

Heading South

The CFL's top Special Teams and top Defensive players for the 2009 season both signed NFL contracts this week...well, one guy is a for sure, one is an unconfirmed for sure.

Montreal Alouettes kick-returner Larry Taylor signed with the New York Jets on Thursday, a deal that'll pay him the league minimum of $285,000 if he makes the team. Losing the 5'6, 177-pound Taylor will be huge for the Als, but they're a pretty deep team.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are the other team to lose a key piece to the NFL with defensive end John Chick headed to Indianapolis according to unnamed sources. Chick was a big part of the Riders defence and will be missed should he make the Colts.

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