Monday, November 23, 2009

Things that make me go hmm...

  • We are going to give it a try. AM 1150 is going to be broadcasting Thursday's Subway Super Series when Team WHL faces the Russian Selects. I'm looking forward to it as this game is as close as it gets to a WHL all-star game. We will have all the action at 6:45.
  • I admit to feeling sorry for 20 year-old goaltender Kurtis Mucha today. Just when the Portland Winterhawks have the potential for a long playoff run they trade him to Kamloops. No question Mucha is a quality individual, but is he really an upgrade to Justin Leclerc? The Blazers think so, and that's all the matters. But if you ask other WHL GM's you would likely get mixed reviews. I guess the Hawks made it clear they don't feel Mucha can lead them to a league title.
  • Had the Hawks traded Mucha last season can you imagine what they would have received in return? My feeling it would have been better than a 4th round bantam pick.
  • I will admit before the season started I said the Blazers strength would be it's goaltending. My belief is the problem goes far beyond the man in the crease.
  • Tyler Halliday still hasn't lost that huge smile off his face after being picked up by the Rockets last Thursday. The 20 year-old looks like he's won the lottery after being claimed off waivers. It was a tough weekend for Halliday though, who had to play back-to-back games against his old team. I think we will see the true 'Tyler Halliday' when the Rockets play Chilliwack and Kootenay this weekend.
  • I had to ask several members of the Prince George media what they thought of Tyler Halliday when the trade came down Thursday. One member of the media called him 'Leavold lite'. I don't think Halliday has the skill level Leavold brought to the table in his brief stint in Kelowna, but Halliday will defend his teammate and will attempt to change momentum by jumping on the dance floor.
  • The Rockets have been staying at the Coast Inn of the North in Prince George for the last 8 seasons. Can I make one suggestion? It's time for the hotel to make upgrades to it's rooms. I may be spoiled after last years playoff run where the Rockets stayed at the Westin in Calgary and Vancouver. Everything at the Westin is first class.
  • It was nice to see Stepan Novotny score his first goal in a Swift Current Broncos uniform Saturday night. My hope when the Rockets meet the Broncos next month in Swift Current is that Novotny scores for the Broncos, Geordie Wudrick replies for the Rockets and the visitors come through with a one goal victory. My feeling is Broncos play-by-play man Jon Keen will have a different take on the final outcome.
  • I don't want to look to far ahead but I was told by Rockets assistant coach Ryan Cuthbert that the team will dine at 'Wong's Kitchen' in Swift Current during our trip out east next month. Wong's Kitchen has been a staple in the Saskatchewan community for years. How long has the Chinese restaurant been in the community? I took my wife to that restaurant on our first date.
  • How did I spend my Sunday? All eyes were on the TV as the Riders beat the Stampeders for a birth in the Grey Cup. The only problem I can see with the Rider win is they play Montreal in the Grey Cup next Sunday, the same day as my wife's birthday. My wife is not a Rider nor football fan. Call me crazy but I see a problem here.


ed said...

Regan do what I do when the Riders are on tv to avoid nagging, and have the boys over give her some money and tell her to go shopping.My girl is a fan but she doesn't like watching it on tv.

Switzer said...

You did not take your wife to Wong's on your first date. No way you could've afforded it on a Swift Current radio salary!

Regan Bartel said...

We split a meal and laughed at the singer (Gil Risling) and the 50's something couple on the dance floor. A night to remember.

jaz301 said...

I am also looking forward to be able to see the Super Series game live. I just hope it's a close game to keep it more entertaining.
Also have you been practicing pronouncing the Russian player names?