Dave’s Dis N’ Dat On A Friday Morning.

With the start of the NHL post season, a faltering home stand for the Toronto Blue Jays, Handed out Hardware in the SJHL and the continuation of the WHL play-offs it has been a busy week.

Here are my random thoughts from the week that was!

Chop-gate continues in Montreal. Ottawa wants P.K. Subban suspended while the Canadiens are OK with the resulting major and game misconduct from Subban’s slash on Mark Stone. While I don’t like the outcome of the slash I think the penalty was appropriate. If hockey starts determining penalties on the severity of the injury that it causes the game could be in trouble…. Oh wait, hockey already does when it comes to high sticking penalties. (i.e. Did it draw blood?)

The WHL play-offs continue to roll and I am still flabbergasted that attendance numbers sag in the face of NHL play-offs being on the tube. The fall in attendance in Regina from games three to four baffles me.

Speaking of the Regina Pats I find it interesting that the team has put a $1-million lean on the Brandt Centre in the Queen City. They are looking to recoup the money they spent in good faith to accommodate the installation of a center-ice scoreboard that they also paid for. For years the previous owners of the Pats battled for a “good,” lease with the Regina Exhibition Association. The latest tiff may lend credence to the idea that the Pats owners may look to build their own rink.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are going to hold a shareholders meeting on May the 4th. Could be interesting to see where the franchise is at. May the fourth be with hockey fans in Lethbridge. (Yes, it is Star Wars day)
Back to the NHL and is there any doubt Mike Babcock is the best coach in the league? Using a surprise starting goaltender in game one of their series with Tampa Bay last night worked out perfectly!

How many Winnipeg fans were in Anaheim last night? When the Canadian anthem was sang you could have thought you were in the Manitoba capital when the “True North” chant went up! Unfortunately, I don’t see the series going the way of the Jets.

To baseball and exhibit Z that the Jays are doomed with their current core. The Jays would have you believe that their offence is one of the most feared in all of baseball. On paper that may be the case but in my mind it comes down to who has the character to perform in the clutch. Down three runs last night in the eighth inning Jose Buatista comes to the plate with the bases loaded and promptly does nothing. The Jays need to find a clutch player that can make the most of that opportunity.

On a positive note with the Jays you have to love the play of Kevin Pillar. He has done it with his glove and bat to start the season. I hope the team finds a way to keep him on the roster with the imminent return of Michael Saunders.

Making the most of their chances was the Melfort Mustangs. Congratulations to the Mustangs on winning the SJHL Championship last night. They blanked Notre Dame 4-nothing to win the series by the same margin. The Stangs were dominant in the post season only losing twice on their way to capturing the title. I would love to explain to you how they go about reaching the national championship (The Royal Bank Cup) but the process seems incredibly difficult to me.

That’s it for me today! Have a great weekend!
DT