Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hartnell Scores Winner; Mets Get Santana

Scott Hartnell scored the game winner in OT as the Flyers beat the Kings 3 - 2. Martin Biron was in goal and looked pretty good making 29 saves. While the Flyers outplayed the Kings in the first period, I thought the Flyers looked tired and passive for most of the 2nd period. They were able to turn it up by the end of the second period and played pretty well for most of the third. All in all, it was a win and good warm up for when the Rangers come to Philly this Thursday.

Did you notice?

- Steve Downie: only 8 minutes of ice time. Hmmmm.....

- During the broadcast, Bill Clement told people bashing the all-star game to "get a life". Really? Bill, don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining. The NHL All-Star game is a joke and everyone knows it. It doesn't even come close to representing good hockey.

- It might have been Braydon Coburn's best game as a Flyer, scoring a goal and making several really good plays in his own zone. A well-earned #1 star.....

- Hopefully, the PPG scored by Gagne pulls him out of post-concussive funk. He doesn't look terribly aggressive with his offensive game out there right now.

Mets Get Johan Santana

The Mets, in a effort to keep up with your division champion Phillies, went out and traded 4 prospects for Johan Santana yesterday in the blockbuster trade of the MLB offseason. Assuming that the Mets starting pitching staff can stay healthy (and that's a big "if"), they probably have the best rotation in the NL East, with the Phils and Braves following.

I was really surprised that the Mets were able to do this without giving up Jose Reyes. I don't think any of the prospects they gave up (Phil Humber, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey, and Deolis Guerra) are any great shakes. I guess the juice lies in the fact that the Mets now have to pay this guy like $25 million dollars per year for the next 7 years. It's a real good deal for the Mets; giving up no frontline players to get perhaps the best pitcher in baseball. At money like Santana is asking for, however, they better hope Santana stays healthy and motivated to pitch. For the Phillies sake, let's hope Santana likes the New York nightlife more than is healthy.

Not a good day if you're a Phillies fan.

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