Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Morning File Dump....

  • Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils broke Patrick Roy's record for goaltending victories Tuesday evening, beating Chicago 3-2 in Newark. This record is extraordinary for a number of reasons. First, Brodeur achieved his record 552nd victory in 987 games; Roy needed 1,029 games to reach 551 wins. Secondly, Brodeur recorded all his victories in one uniform, which is highly improbable given the free agency era in which he played. The argument will be presented for years to come, but I believe Martin Brodeur is the greatest goaltender who ever played. His numbers outside the pure win total back this up (headlined by three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies - League MVP). Plus, he's still a workhorse at age 36 (this year excepted because of injury), and he has a lot of hockey left to play. It is not inconceivable that he'll record 100 additional victories before it is all said and done on a brilliant career, spent entirely in New Jersey.
  • This video from YouTube will get the Minnesota North Stars fans' blood pressure up! I got sucked into this promotion back in 1991-92 - my senior year in high school.
  • The Twins won Tuesday, snapping a four-game Grapefruit League losing streak. In this piece, Joe Christensen reports that the Twins passed on signing C Ivan Rodriguez. This is a wise move, as the Twins would be better off with a platoon of Mike Redmond and anyone else (including just-released the Oakland A's Rob Bowen) than a 38-year-old who hit .219/.257/.323 in 105 plate appearances after his trade from Detroit to the Yankees.
  • LaVelle E. Neal has some detail about the Twins' cuts from Tuesday.
  • Check out Seth Stohs's site for his AL Central Division preview podcast with bloggers representing all five teams in the division (Minnesota, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Detroit). My AL Central preview will appear on this site in early April - after March Madness.
  • Speaking of March Madness, I like the Gophers on Thursday evening against Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. If you disagree, let me know.

1 comment:

  1. I tried checking out your bracket as I trust your loyalties in selecting the final four picks, but I wasn't able to see it at the link above. I guess I'll make my picks the usual way - where's that quarter?

    Excellent blog, by the way.