Edmonton Oilers’ treatment of Pat Quinn shameful

Pat Quinn

In 2009-10, Pat Quinn coached the Edmonton Oilers to their second-lowest point total ever - but he should not have been kicked upstairs (Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Pat Quinn just got screwed by the Edmonton Oilers. Let’s get a few things out front first. I do not think Pat Quinn is a particularly good coach in today’s NHL. He does not present a good face to the media. He is far from the best tactician in the game. But the way that GM Steve Tambellini, Kevin Lowe and the Oilers’ organization have shuffled Quinn upstairs, in favour of Tom Renney, has made them the most ridiculous franchise in the National Hockey League. (more…)

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The NHL’s Hart Trophy has lost all its meaning

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby won his only Hart Trophy in 2007, joining previous winners Wayne Gretzky (9 Harts), Mario Lemieux (3) and Chris Pronger (in 2000)

The NHL’s Hart Trophy, which was first awarded in 1924 and will be again tomorrow night in Las Vegas, has become absolutely meaningless. Each June, it is awarded to the “player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.” And the most applicable definitions of valuable, according to Webster, are “having desirable or esteemed characteristics or qualities” or “of great use or service.” Notice how points scored are never mentioned anywhere. Yet this year’s nominees for the Hart Trophy, Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, finished 1-2-3 in NHL scoring. Based on the definitions, only one of this trio should even have been nominated, let alone win. (more…)

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Eric Lindros

Eric Lindros recorded 865 points in his 760-game NHL career with the Flyers, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Stars

Eric Lindros does not, under any circumstance, belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Oh, he had a ton of talent. A truckload of physical strength and ability. And about a shot glass worth of smarts, intelligence and common sense. He provided a small handful of exciting moments to fans of the game. But he never, ever did anything of any magnitude that earned him even the briefest consideration for the Hall. And I’ll be staggered if the 18-man selection committee puts him in the Hall on Tuesday. (more…)

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Mike Weir

Mike Weir enjoys donning the 2003 green jacket, with help from defending Masters champion Tiger Woods

In April 2003, just after Mike Weir had become the first Canadian man to win one of golf’s major championships, a colleague asked me if Weir’s win was the greatest moment in the history of Canadian golf. I replied, “It depends if he wins another major or not.” My reasoning being that, if Weir’s Masters was a one-off, he’d just become of the 106 other guys who’ve fluked out one major (can you say Steve Jones?). But, if Weir went on to win more majors, that makes him an elite player – and that first Masters much more significant. After the first round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Weir sits one shot back of the leaders. Question is, will this be Weir’s second major breakthrough?  (more…)

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Doug Weight

Clearly, Doug Weight displays heart in every NHL game he's played - all 1,220 of them

I feel sorry for New York Islanders’ captain Doug Weight because he, like about a billion other athletes before  him, has failed to correctly answer the question, “When should I retire?” According to reports, the 39-year old Weight has signed a one-year contract to continue playing for the New York Islanders in 2010-11. Last year, as the Islanders’ captain, Weight made, with bonuses, US$2.2M. To earn that 2.2 mil, Weight scored exactly one goal in 36 games. He missed 46 with torn labrum and rotator cuff injuries. Doug, it was time to say goodbye – but you blew it. Why can’t athletes figure this out? (more…)

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