The Eastern Conference playoffs are dead to me

May 07, 2019 - 11:30 am

I have a number of things on my mind this week so here we go with some random thoughts:

  • The NHL's Eastern Conference playoff picture might as well have been dead to me after Round 1. The team I was rooting for in the East, that Tampa Bay Lightning, was eliminated, as was my second choice, the Washington Capitals. The Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders are two of the franchises on my most despised list. I have no feeling either way for the Carolina Hurricanes, and that left me with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets were bounced by Boston on Monday night. Would it be okay with you if I skipped the Eastern final all together? I'll have to root for the Hurricanes by default since no Boston team should ever win another championship for the rest of my life.
  • I envy sports talk show hosts in Toronto. The Maple Leafs' offseason is chock full of great debates and fascinating stories. It appears Mike Babcock will be back behind the bench next season, but it's possible one of his assistants will be Sheldon Keefe. Keefe coaches the Leafs' affiliate in the American Hockey League and is considered one of the top young coaches in hockey. One would think Babcock will be looking over his shoulder. What happens with the Leafs' roster? Do they trade William Nylander or Nazem Kadri to create cap space? I'll take either guy even though Kadri's meltdowns in back-to-back playoffs and his suspension history are troubling. Kadri would look nice, though, as the No. 2 center for the Sabres and his contract is very team friendly. 
  • I can't tell you how happy I was to see the Leafs eliminated in the opening round, even though it meant the Bruins won. I was watching Game 4 of the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers series and they showed some Raptors fans at an outdoor watch party in downtown Toronto. I'm rooting for the Raptors and would be very happy for their fans, but the first thing I thought of was, "Thank goodness the Leafs aren't still playing."
  • To my fellow Mets fans out there...remember when they were scoring six runs a game and we were worried about the horrible pitching the Mets were getting? Good times, huh? Now the offense stinks. They've scored a total of seven runs in their last six games. They're back to giving no help whatsoever to Jacob deGrom. The Mets were shutout in his last two starts.
  • The Bills will hold their rookie minicamp this weekend. One of the more interesting stories is David Sills. The undrafted free agent went from quarterback in high school to wide receiver in college due to an injury that affected his throwing motion. If you get a chance, go find the profile on him done by the E:60 show on ESPN. He's a guy you'll definitely pull for, but the odds are stacked against him. At this point, you'd project Zay Jones, Robert Foster, John Brown and Cole Beasley making the 53-man roster. You can probably add Andre Roberts since he can handle return duties. If the Bills keep six receivers to start the season, which was the case last year, that leaves just one more spot for Sills, Duke Williams and all the others fighting to stick.
  • Will it ever stop raining?
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