I was going to let the truce stand until at least tomorrow when NHL action resumed but since the Meatman started it I better return fire.
Looking at the schedule, it seems the Senators have the first week to get back into game shape. They play games against Pens and Caps on Wednesday and Thursday and then get to pad their stats when they play the last of the non-playoff teams on Saturday night.
The opposition that night, the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs who are led by the disgraced Pat Quinn, will be relying heavily on Bryan McCabe to turn his game around after a horrendous Olympics. After being selected for his offensive abilities, particularly on the powerplay, McCabe failed to garner a point and proved to be a defensive liability with a team worst plus/minus and spending the most time of any Canadian in the penalty box.
Fans of the Leafs will be wondering why aging captain Mats Sundin was able to put forth a solid effort for the gold medal winning Swedes in the midst of a mediocre Leaf campaign.
Fortunately for the team from Hogtown, they now have confirmation that Tellqvist is world class. Unfortunately, Quinn will stick with the ineffective Ed "I'll give you a BILLION dollars" Belfour while their playoff hopes become more and more distant.
For the gold medal winning captain of the Senators, Alfie looks to continue his stellar MVP season. The Senators sent a very large contingent to Italy including six defencemen and expectedly, they didn't all come back healthy. The resilient Dominik Hasek will nurse the effects of his injury giving Ray Emery some much needed work. These three games against the lesser clubs in the NHL are a blessing for those players coming back from Torino and for Emery.
It's good to be back.