What Dreams May Come 2009

Ryan Ma




Last year I wrote a column regarding seven dreams that I had prior to this past season, I hit exactly ZERO of them… so why not do the same thing and hopefully come up with a better hit ratio this time around? Dobber and I had a great side bet last year that if Jaromir Jagr were to sign with the Caps he’d rename Dobberhockey to Mahockey. I’ll throw down the gauntlet once again to make Dobber shake in his pants a little.



I won’t list all the unrestricted free agents as Dobber has already done so here . I'll also need to leave the friendly confines of the Western Conference here, but hey – it's my dream I can do what I want!


My first dream scenario begins with Vincent Lecavalier heading back to his grass roots of Montreal and donning Le Bleu-Blanc-et-Rouge. I don’t quite know the details of how the all pieces fall into place but perhaps Montreal’s first rounder (18th overall) plus a combination of Chris Higgins and the Kostitsyn brothers heading south to TB. I’m sure this scenario would make many Hab fans pretty darn happy, while finally quashing all the bloody Vinny to team X rumours that keep floating around. Vinny once again has another unspectacular season with no offensive help in Montreal and Hab fans are once again disappointed.


Speaking of grass roots, my second dream involves Alex Kovalev heading back to his former grass roots in Pittsburgh. The Pens have attempted to find stopgaps for the last couple seasons in Petr Sykora, Miro Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko to fit alongside Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, none of whom have really been home runs. Could Kovalev swallow some salary and finish his NHL career playing alongside two of the most dynamic players in NHL history? Kovalev goes on to have a career season tallying 90 points playing alongside the dynamic duo, Pens reach the finals for a third consecutive season only to lose to the Red Wings once again.


The Capitals have found themselves quite a pair of Russians in Washington. Could they add another into the mix by adding reclamation project Maxim Afinogenov? Afinogenov has blazing speed that would surely add a different dimension to the Washington offense that they currently lack. In my third dream scenario, Afinogenov finally gets out of the coach’s doghouse and has a career year potting 80 points, and then flees to Russia for the KHL and a huge payday.


Brian Burke has had a past history with the Sedins when he drafted the twins second and third overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. So my fourth