Two weeks ago, I posted here that, barring injury, NY Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr would easily win the Art Ross and Richard Trophies as this season’s top pointgetter and goalscorer.
It was an honest assessment, after all, two weeks ago Jagr was far ahead of his nearest rivals for points and goals. I wasn’t the only one making that assessment, and nobody who commented on that post disagreed with it.
Funny how things can change in a couple of weeks.
This morning, I checked the stats and found that Jagr had been overtaken by two San Jose Sharks, Joe Thornton and his linemate Jonathan Cheechoo, in those respective categories.
Flyers president Ron Ryan said yesterday that the team had fully cooperated with the NHL’s internal investigation into allegations that Rick Tocchet, a former Flyer and Phoenix assistant coach, operated a gambling syndicate.
He walked into the dressing room, sat down at his stall and waited.
Todd Bertuzzi knew what was coming. Notepads, microphones and TV cameras quickly formed a semi-circle around the Vancouver Canucks forward.
It was a bad year for the Canucks, who never gelled and missed the playoffs.
It was an even worse year for Bertuzzi. He battled to find his game on the ice, watched from the penalty box as his dreams of an Olympic medal vanished and continued to face legal problems in the wake of his attack on Steve Moore.