Monday, June 28, 2010
MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS
It's impossible to predict whether or how an 18 year old hockey prospect is going to pan out at the NHL level, but there's a lot to like in the scouting report on the Canadiens first round choice in the 2010 amateur draft. Six foot six, 205 pound Jarred Tinordi is projected as a top four defenceman on the basis of massive size, strong physical play, above-average mobility and good bloodlines. Tinordi is the son of former NHL defenceman Mark Tinordi, and presumably learned a lot through osmosis during his father's 12 seasons in the NHL, including four years as captain of the Minnesota/Dallas Stars...The Canadiens need to wash their hands of Sergei Kostitsyn. If he produced, Kostitsyn might be worth the trouble, but what's the upside to re-signing a malcontent who doesn't contribute?...Two words, FIFA: instant replay, and bring major league baseball to the party while you're at it...The on-board camera footage of Mark Webber's airborne crash at the European F1 Grand Prix is the closest thing I've seen in real life to a Wile E. Coyote debacle. The only thing missing was Webber holding up a sign that said "Yikes"...Prince Harry is by all accounts an accomplished polo competitor, but judging from his form throwing out the first pitch at the Mets game in New York Saturday, he's not much of a ballplayer. Harry, who was invited by the Mets to commemorate UK Armed Forces Day, is a British Army officer with front line experience in Afghanistan, which may explain why he throws a baseball like it's a grenade...At least His Royal Highness had a shred of dignity, unlike Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and Josh Klinghoffer, who left their hats on while playing a distorted electic guitar version of the Star Spangled Banner prior to Friday's Yankees-Dodgers in Los Angeles, leaving an entire 25 man roster of deceased Dodger All Stars spinning in their graves...Between the smashed windows and burning police cars, if I didn't know the G20 was meeting in Toronto, I'd have thought the Leafs just won the Stanley Cup and recruited Canadiens fans to choreograph the celebration.