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  • Rick Tocchet Gambling Scandal

    I was hesitant to write about this since it’s not related to the Montreal Canadiens (at least not yet) and it casts a fairly negative shadow on the game. Not to mention it’s being covered by every possible media outlet and hockey blogger.

    That being said it is obviously important to hockey and I am curious to hear everyone’s opinions.

    Rick Tocchet being involved in an illegal gambling ring for some reason doesn’t surprise me. I don’t know why. Looking at him, listening to his reaction while being interviewed – it just seems totally plausible. What Rick Tocchet does or doesn’t do, who cares? If he’s a criminal I don’t think it’s going to affect the day to day lives of people or most hockey fans. At least not for very long. Criminals go to jail evereyday. Rick Tocchet is forgettable.

    The troubling thing for me in this whole fiasco is the alleged involvement of Wayne Gretzky’s wife Janet Jones, and what it brings to him and the game of hockey. Rick Tocchet for all intents and purposes is a loser, a decent hockey player in his time and now an NHL level coach. Big deal, there’s tons of people who fit into that category. There’s only one Wayne Gretzky.

    If this solely involved Rick Tocchet, it would be in the news for a while and not long after forgotten. If you attack the integrity of Wayne Gretzky you’re attacking the game of hockey itself. The details are uncertain and speculation is growing about if Wayne is involved and how deeply.

    The latest news indicates Gretzky at least knew of the operation as there are apparent phone taps of him discussing it with Tocchet. I don’t think Gretzky would be involved in any of this as far as gambling and participating in it. My hunch is Gretzky found out through his wife and approached Tocchet about it.

    I highly doubt Wayne Gretzky used his wife to place illegal gambling wagers for him. Janet Jones’ own involvement will surface in the coming weeks and my belief is it will clear Gretzky. The fact she would be so stupid to involve the Gretzky name in illegal sports betting is a repulsive offense.

    At this point everything is total speculation and hearsay. I am interested in your own opinions but won’t post more about this until the facts are clear.

  • Habs Trade Rumors

    The Montreal Canadiens trade rumors are still a hot topic. The traffic to this site has doubled during the Canadiens recent slide and as trade gossip increases. People really want to discuss what’s going on and what’s going to happen. So let’s look at it some more…

    Who or what are the Habs lacking in their lineup? Who is or who are dissapointments? Who still has trade value? What teams need something we can offer?

    I think most would agree that the Canadiens are missing solid goaltending. (Luongo, Khabibulin) It’s come to the point where waiting for Theodore to turn it around just isn’t an option anymore. It’s been too long and the longer we go the more we fade away. Cristobal Huet is emerging as a potential starting goalie but it’s far too early to know what he can do and how consisitent he can be. A lot of people would agree the Canadiens are lacking size and strength up front. The team is built for speed and skill which should be a good approach considering the ‘new NHL’ and the Canadiens show signs of brilliance when they manage to play that game. That being said, they can’t really compete with some of the big teams in the league and a big strong Power Forward (Bertuzzi) would be a good addition to the lineup.

    Some would say the Canadiens lack a #1 Defenceman. Sheldon Souray’s expectations were high coming into the year but maybe they were too high. His play has been better recently but his inconsistency doesn’t make him even close to a #1 D man. Andrei Markov is emerging as a leader but can’t do it alone. Someone needs to fill the shoes that Mathieu Dandenault was supposed to wear.

    No trade has been made yet. Just a lot of banter and hearsay. To actually get a meaninful player or players, we’ll have to give up something of value.

    Player Trade Value Dissapointment? Probability of Trade
    Jose Theodore High Yes Likely
    Mike Ribeiro Medium Yes Likely
    Sheldon Souray Medium Somewhat Potentially
    Mike Komisarek High No Potentially
    ? ? ? ?

    Who’s on the market? Who would the Habs be interested in?

    Player Position Team What do they need?
    Roberto Luongo G Florida Everything
    Alex Tanguay F Colorado Goaltending
    Todd Bertuzzi F Vancouver Goaltending
    Nikolai Khabibulin G Chicago Everything

    It’s fun to speculate but no one knows but Bob Gainey. If a trade happens it’ll probably be a package deal and it’ll be a big deal involving a big name or two. The Canadiens aren’t trading for 2007 3rd round draft picks. If they trade it’ll be to address their current problems and right away.