Full of Hot Air

Lightning strike out

REGINA _ The fans in the Queen City paid a heavy price tonight and they aren’t getting their money’s worth.
While the only big names left at home by the Senators was Daniel Alfredsson and Pascal Leclaire, the Tampa Bay Lightning should be ashamed of what they’ve put on the ice at the Brandt Center.
The Senators had Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Chris Phillips, Nick Foligno and others.
The biggest name for the Bolts was Brandon Bochenski.
“You’re going to see a lot of guys fighting for jobs on the third and fourth line,” said coach Rick Tocchet this morning.
No Vincent Lecavalier.
No Victor Hedman.
No Martin St. Louis.
No Steve Stamkos.
Lecavalier played hockey at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame _ not far from here _ and isn’t going to get to play in what’s almost a home game. The tickets were $120 each for some of the patrons here.
This is the Bolts’ home game and they should have given the fans here more bang for their buck. You can bet the promoters here will think twice when they get a chance to host another game.
Yes, the Lightning are playing five games in five nights, but surely they could have found a way.
Tocchet said he wasn’t aware that Lecavalier played in the area.
“I’m sorry i didn’t know,” said Tocchet.
The place was jammed. Opportunity missed. ~ Bruce Garrioch, OTP

The Senators Lineup Versus the Florida Panthers in Halifax:

G 33 Pascal Leclaire
G 40 Robin Lehner
D 05 Christoph Schubert
D 14 Chris Campoli
D 21 Drew Bannister
D 45 Alexandre Picard
D 55 Brian Lee
D 39 Matt Carkner
D 65 Erik Karlsson
F 10 Shean Donovan
F 22 Chris Kelly
F 23 Denis Hamel
F 25 Chris Neil
F 26 Ryan Shannon
F 36 Josh Hennessy
F 37 Martin St. Pierre
F 38 Erik Condra
F 43 Peter Regin
F 58 Cody Bass
F 73 Jarkko Ruutu

To borrow a line from Saddam Hussein, “What’s the big fucking deal guy?”

Okay, so some blue-collar farmersfans paid $120 to watch some NHL hockey. I get that. That’s money that could have been spent on constructing some watermelon helmets for the next Rough Riders home game. However, when the province’s professional sports entertainment is limited to CFL football and throwing cow shit, fans should feel fortunate enough to even attend one of these preseason games. Fuck, why are they complaining though, most Sens season ticket holders would be happy to have 100 level tickets at SBP that only cost $120 bones. $120 bones?!?! We’re still feeling ripped off from that no-goal that Spezza scored against the Panthers. Until the NHL treats exhibition games like they’re meaningful,people should know by now of what they’re getting themselves into. Instead of dwelling on the negative here,maybe we can stop shit on the Lightning for not having enough marketable talent and enjoy the possibility that the Senators might have helped expand their fan base out west.

And one more thing, like Rick Tocchet, consider me ignorant for thinking that Vinny Lecavalier’s second home was Montreal andnot butt-fuck Saskatchewan. Maybe if the location of game wasthat significant to Vinny, he could have mentioned it to his Head Coach who apparently had absolutely no idea that Vinny spent a portion of his life growing up in the area.