Gotta love heading to the rink on a Monday morning knowing its playoff time. Other teams are not so lucky… #WBSPens
— Chad Kolarik (@CKolarik) April 22, 2013
That’s, um, former Connecticut Whale forward Chad Kolarik. And I don’t know about you, but I could feel that one from here.
So you’ve noticed some changes around here, notably in the URL (which puts us with the rest of the company blogs). They came with little warning and even then quicker than expected, so there are some bugs to work out. Surely they will be. Let me know if anything really weird is going on for you; otherwise, please bear with us in the meantime.
Somewhat unofficially — there were some apparent healthy-scratch nights that seemed later to really be injury-scratch nights, and I’m hoping I was consistent with the way I counted Anders Nilsson — I’ve got 302 man-games lost to injury or illness for this team this year, plus another 13 to suspensions. That’s the fourth-highest injury/illness total in the team’s 12 seasons (380 in 2010-11, 362 in 2005-06, 341 in 2004-05). Which didn’t help. On the other hand, almost a quarter of that total is Calvin de Haan’s 73: a huge loss, but one man times 73 games, nonetheless.
Exit interviews much of the day tomorrow. I’ll have at least a little something here tomorrow night, if not the whole mess. We’re planning something for Wednesday’s paper, so that’ll have to get written first. Anything crazy, I’ll chase signal and tweet.
The Flames appear to be staying put in Abbotsford.
In addition to spam blog comments, we get emailed tons of press releases from publicists, PR folks, people in the community, anything under the sun. Once in a while there’s one to pass along here. Maybe. We’ll hope. May 4, 9 p.m., the Hallmark Channel of all things: “Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.” About his comeback in Houston, apparently. We may have to give that one a look.
But we’ll obviously miss Futurama again after this summer.