I will not congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Is it drafty in here?

Oh, it’s almost July. Never mind. Just a weak Entry Draft joke huh. My apologies.

So, it’s that time of year again. The future of the NHL will be determined by the calls of crusty general managers, granting the dreams and wishes of  scrawny framed, baby faced boys far and wide.

How I love the Draft.

Nothing too spectacular going on right now. Mr. John Tavares ended up going first overall to the New York Islanders, while picks two and three saw Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene go to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche, respectively.

Tavares, I’m sorry.

In other news, Chris Pronger was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for the Flyers’ entire roster plus seven hundred draft picks. Fancy.

Okay, okay, so I’m a little weak in the knees merely thinking about Pronger in the same division as Black ‘n Red, but come on — two firsts, a (conditional) third, Luca Sbisa, AND Joffrey Lupul? Highway robbery I say!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yes, I did just use an obscene amount of exclamation points.

So maybe I’m trying to defer my sheer fear in the solidity of Philadelphia’s 09-10 defense by mocking the deal, but WHATEVER. That’s a lot for a defender that will only play, what, a couple more seasons?

Yeah, I know. The Flyers are going to be a good team next year, ‘specially with Pronger’s elbows flying at Devils forwards left and right. Sigh.

Alas, we have a little way before pick number twenty-three greets us. Barring any last minute moves, Lou Lamoriello is expected to pick a skilled center to usher in a new era of awesomeness in Newark.

Check back for any late breaking news involving the 2009 Draft here at 2MA!

EDIT 8:02 PM: The Islanders are serious. Snow ‘n co just traded, like, 8393 of their picks for Columbus’s #16 pick. Wow. Serious, serious stuff here. Serious.

EDIT 8:52 PM: Long Island just got even more serious. Pick #12 goes to the Isles while Minnesota gets, uh, a bunch of picks. They won’t have any picks left at this rate!

EDIT 9:36 PM: Quebec native Louiiiiiiis Leblanc to the Montreal Canadiens. How fitting. Who the heck goes to Harvard for an education anyway? …not that I’m jealous or anything. Whatever. Leave me alone!

EDIT 9:48 PM: Calgary up to pick at 20 but there is word of a trade. Likely a giveaway to the Devils for the whole Brent Sutter debacle. Let’s see.

EDIT 9:50 PM: Yup! Calgary gives pick #20 to New Jersey in exchange for picks 23 and 84.

EDIT 9:58 PM: Another trade to report: Anaheim sends pick 21 to Columbus for picks 26 and 37.

Thoughts from Section 209…. Devils/Islanders, 2/11/2009

Well it wasn’t pretty and the game itself was not so fun… but this is why you sit in Section 209… something ALWAYS happens and it makes even the dullest of Islander stompings into a fun. one-of-a-kind night! So much storytelling to do I just wanna get to it!!!!

the Good:
— It’s ok to go just a LITTLE gay guys…. when it comes to Zach Parise… really… let it go….. one big AAAHHHHHHHHH, HE’S DREAMY… you’ll see!!
— Weekes was good… not special… but damn good to see the brotha get a game in net in his freaking month!! (and no matter how many times I made the joke tonight the girl next to me was NOT getting it… if I made a Jew joke, she’d been on it like white on rice mofo!!)
— how many times do the Devils put up a 50-burger in the shot column and WIN?? Damn!!!!
— Shoot-comment at standard Rangers fans at game when they celebrated the Islanders goal:
“Hey they did in ONE shot and 3 minutes what you couldn’t do in a FULL GAME… stop cheering!!”
— Andy Greene made some nifty-ass plays tonight!
— Paul Martin had a subtle 3-assist game… kinda the way I like my defenders to be.. on the scoresheet and not too noticed!
— MV-PARISE!!!! Get on the damn bandwagon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— and hell they won one that very much had classic letdown on it looking the games played last week and the ones coming this weekend, so I’d call that one helluva win!!!
— I kept telling the Islander fan tonight… “two points closer to Tavares sir!!”

the Bad:
— Good Lord, the Islanders…. but I’ll say this… if Bettman wants this team to stay in Long Island (and you can BET he doesn’t).. when this team bottoms out and has the worst record in the league… if they get Tavares it could be the player to save and turn that franchise around… players will want to come there to play with him…. fans will show up again… this is the ray of hope the Islanders NEED (and I want them to stay) and get them back and maybe even get the arena on track again… you rigged a lottery for Crosby… CMON BETTMAN!!!
— Gionta had one of his “you must be THIS tall to score” nights and we know he’s not tall, but this was a night to get away with it!
— Come to think of it… that whole first period was enough to make you want some coffee!!!
— Come to think more of it.. I’ve never seen what felt like such an uninspired effort get 50 shots (bless you oh top line!)
— Jay Pandolfo… nice to see the hands didn’t soften in your exile!

the funny:
— OK, so anyone who knows me and where I sit and all my stupid quirks and how I’ll let the dumbest thing send me off the handle and on a federal witch-hunt to seek and destroy any random assholes who get in my way… you KNEW this was coming:
on my way up to my seat in 209… you know the SAME one I had since day one, the same one I will have when this place is torn down…. I get asked to show my ticket…..
Problem #1: I sit in the SECOND CHEAPEST SEATS IN THE ARENA.. who’s gonna move up there?? (ok everyone does :p)….and it’s not like you REALLY LOOK… it’s a bullshit gesture that simply annoys me… I have work, life and the US Govt to do that… I don’t need it at games, so I don’t acknowledge it
Problem #2: As ushers… you have two jobs… get people to their seats fast… and MAKE THEM WAIT FOR THE FUCKING WHISTLE… and really you do NEITHER… so until you do the part of the job I ACTUALLY care about… I am not helping you on your bullshit annoyances…..

So you can imagine when the lil lady asked for my ticket and I told her I’ll do it when you make people wait for the dam whistle during play and kept going… THAT went over well (and I have WITNESSES up the wazoo that I did this and this is not some bullshit fan boy fiction!)

So I keep going… and uh-oh.. here comes mister supervisor… I think 5 or 6 people knew where this was GOING!!!
He makes the mistake of asking me what my issue is… I told him and I was not too peachy about it either mister, about my issues with the ushers and how I am sick and tired of clueless dopes standing in the aisle during power plays when the ushers should be making them wait till play stops!!
“they’re people sir”
“no they’re dopes”
“people”
“I’ll tell ya what… come on my side of the fence as an attendee… you’ll see… they ARE DOPES!!”
He promises to make them stop people before the whistle and he’s like…. you feel better… want me to let you rant more… at that point I let him off and tell him he could retire sitting there letting me air all my bitches at him!!! (the funniest part was I was trying like hell to not laugh but people thought I was really pissed… it’s kinda like watching me at a Football Sunday (and GOD I MISS THOSE)… it seems angry but damn it’s in fun!)… and I even turned to Xavier and told him damn that felt good!!
— Moral of the story… 6:00 into the period… people randomly walking all over the section *eyeroll*
— Best Sammy Woo line of the night…..
Gimme a … P…..A……R….. I…..S……E!!
Nah that don’t work…. too long….
Gimme a…… Z……A…….K
(everyone) IT’S C!!!
…. AND ANOTHER K !!!!
IT’S AN H!!!!!!
…. we tried!!!!

(Good God.. I do it again on Friday… bring the rage!!!)