Dobber jumping on briefly to promote a worthy cause. There is a groundswell of support for honoring Pat Burns by getting him into the Hall of Fame while he is still around to enjoy the honor. I don’t know if you have seen Burns lately, but when he recently went to a ceremony unveiling plans for a new arena in Stanstead Quebec in his name, in the pictures he looked a shadow of his former self. Let me put it this way – the arena will be finished in 2011 and Burns has been quoted as saying that he “knows” that he won’t be around to see it. There is a Facebook group that you can join indicating your support right here. Burns beat colon cancer and again lung cancer, but when it came back into his lungs he decided not to go through with treatment a third time. And knowing what cancer patients go through when they undergo treatment, I can’t say that I blame him. “Extremely rough” would be an understatement. Burns has 500 career wins, one Stanley Cup, two Cup Final appearances and he won the Jack Adams Trophy three times for three different teams. He’s probably getting into the HHOF anyway, so I think if that is the case then let’s expedite the process.
Leafs draft pick Chris DiDomenico, who suffered a serious injury this season, is currently leading the QMJHL in playoff scoring with 10 points in four games. He had 35 points in only 15 playoff games last year (including 31 helpers). It will be interesting to see where he goes next season. He probably will need some time to adjust to the pro game, so the Marlies seem like a logical destination. At the low end, he should become a solid third line energy/pest type. At the high end, a playmaking second line center like Joe Pavelski.
I don't know much about Zach Smith on Ottawa, but he impressed me last night. He is big, pretty strong on his skates, and seems to have decent offensive instincts. Any upside there, Sens fans?
Brian Elliott had a fantastic start for the Sens, stopping 41 of 43 shots (making that 102 out of the last 104 fired his way). Expect him to see most of the starts down the stretch, as Ottawa will want to get him ready for the playoffs. I missed the boat a bit on Elliott – had a chance to acquire him last summer, but I had never really been all that impressed with him to that point. He had a fantastic college career obviously, and I guess I just didn’t see him play enough. He plays a lot like Pekka Rinne – big, square to the puck, and very sound fundamentally.
Cody Hodgson scored with under three minutes to go in Brampton’s game last night, and the Battalion eventually won the game in OT. Doug Gilmour, the head coach of Kingston (Brampton’s opposition in the series) said Hodgson is the only player in the OHL that he really worries about when matching lines. As a Canuck fan, I’d personally like to see Brampton lose, so Hodgson can join the Moose. Maybe a sneak preview to Hodgson-Schroeder in