It’s a beautiful thing when geeks and hockey fans unite. Take a look at advanced statistics, for example. There’s no way we’d be tracking zone starts, quality of competition or Corsi and the lot had some math savvy puck heads not felt inspired to further quantify the fastest game on the planet. Geeky hockey fans and nostalgic computer nerds have been lining message boards with Mike Commodore 64 jokes for years, but it wasn’t until last week that the prospect of the big red headed defenseman actually sporting the digits and paying homage to the iconic computer system seemed like a true possibility.
Thanks to an online campaign started at Puck Daddy by Greg Wyshynski (aka Chief Nerd Wahoo Yahoo!), aimed at placing the number 64 on its rightful home upon Mike Commodore’s Detroit Red Wings jersey, the 31-year old defender may appease the geeks in the name of charity. Puck Daddy has gathered $6,656 in pledges that will go to a charity of Commodore’s choice if he elects to rock the digits next season in Motown.
Commodore received the blessing of the Detroit Red Wings’ equipment manager Paul Boyer to wear the number on Saturday via Twitter, so it’s now up to the player.
Dearest Mike Commodore, please humour us.
Yzerman: “Every team is interested in Steven Stamkos”
Still nothing on the Steven Stamkos/Tampa Bay Lightning front, but Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes spoke to GM Steve Yzerman about rumours of interest from around the league. Yzerman on whether or not he’s been approached with a trade proposal:
“Absolutely not. I’m not interested in discussing a possible trade. I’m committed to re-signing Steven. I’m confident we will reach an agreement.”
Yzerman isn’t sweating this at all, apparently. Ice runs through his veins.
Dean Lombardi blasts Oilers over Smyth trade
In one of the weekend’s most entertaining stories, Kings GM Dean Lombardi spoke his mind on the deal that sent Ryan Smyth to Edmonton for a banged up Colin Fraser. Fraser was shipped to L.A. after it was determined that prospective trade piece Gilbert Brule was still feeling some effects from a concussion.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times with some top shelf quotes from Lombardi:
“The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton’s word.”
“This kid [Fraser] needs surgery now, which is going to put him out four months. It’s not even close. To be told he’s going to be cleared that Wednesday and now we get him and he’s clearly not cleared and to clear him he’s going to need surgery … and that’s the one [injury] they told me about, let alone the other two. On the heels of Brule? Holy smoke.”
PHWA considering bloggers
The PWHA’s other major concern is what to do with new media. Blogs, Twitter and Facebook have radically changed the landscape. While most of the new media comport themselves properly, there are still reported issues with bloggers cheering in press boxes, wearing team colours and inappropriate behaviour in scrums. With limited space in press boxes and scrums, not everyone can or should be admitted. “We’re going to provide standards for memberships,” says Allen.
“We’re going to be careful who we admit (to the PHWA). We’re still trying to figure it out. It’s a new world, but we think we can co-exist.” The PWHA would like to go to a card system with rules for media access and behaviour posted in every dressing room. Allen says that they’ll let the decisions be made on a local basis. “The situation in Toronto is different from Nashville. If Nashville wants to let in a blogger, and they think this person worthy of membership, then we’ll let that happen.”
Blackhawks reach two-year agreement with Viktor Stalberg.
Capitals sign former Toronto Maple Leaf Christian Hanson, who will now become the greatest prospect the Leafs let slip away.
Wild sign Mike Lundin, who could conceivably be a top-four defenseman in Minnesota.
More on the Heatley/Havlat stats debate from Hockey Wilderness.
Furtney 1-on-1 with Drew Doughty