So much for The Dominator. Dominik Hasek hasn't spurred the Senators to new heights in the fantasy leagues being run by media outlets during the lockout.
In Sun Media's National Dice League, the Senators are in last place in the Cost Certainty Division and 13th overall and out of the playoffs in the Bettman Conference with a 15-19-1-2 record for 33 points. (In case you were wondering, the Toronto Maple Leafs were in second place in the division, seventh in the conference, with 41 points, behind the Buffalo Sabres, who lead the division and the conference with 52 points.)
The Edmonton Oilers are leading the league with a 25-13-0-3 record, good for 53 points.
In the simulated season being staged by the Canadian Press using Electronic Arts' NHL 2005 game, the Senators have fallen to .500 (18-18-7, 43 points) and are fifth in the conference. They tied the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks, lost to league-leading Calgary and beat the Oilers in the last week. The Leafs are sixth in the East with an 18-19-6 record and 42 points.
Take all that for what it's worth.
HEAR AND THERE: Benoit Pouliot's star is on the rise. The St-Isidore native is now ranked second only to Sidney Crosby in NHL Central Scouting's latest ranking of the top North American skaters for the next NHL draft, whenever that is ... Theo Fleury is still the angry young man. After so many personal problems, so much anger and so many tantrums, you'd think he'd mellow at some point. Not yet. "They're going to pay," he said after being denied the chance to play senior hockey. Give it up, Theo. Isn't life too short to be that angry for this long?
REVELATIONS: Vladimir Guerrero is missing the winter league playoffs. He sprained a thumb sliding into second base. Head first. Now, what the American League MVP is doing playing winter ball, or sliding into second head first is something Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady couldn't possibly explain ... I miss the good old days in baseball when "'roids" referred to the reason George Brett couldn't sit down.
SPECULATIONS: TSN is showing those barnstorming games across Europe by the Worldstars. Those wouldn't be the same games nobody cared about when they were live, would they?... Speaking of TSN, good for them to swoop in and take up the Hockey Day in Canada theme when the CBC dropped it because of the NHL lockout. NHL hockey is just the tip of the iceberg in Canada. There are plenty of grassroots stories out there worth celebrating. You'd have expected the public broadcaster, no the private one, to realize that.
LEMME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT: The Boston Red Sox and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz are in a custody battle over the ball used to clinch the Bosox' World Series victory. Bill Buckner wishes he had had the same problem ... Ottawa freestyle skier Jeff Bean won the bronze at a World Cup event the other day, just months after breaking two vertebrae in his neck. Being able to come back after an accident like that and overcome what must be withering fear is something most of us will never understand.
JUST WONDERING: Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss wasn't contrite at all after getting fined for his mock moon in Green Bay. Doesn't he know about turning the other cheek? ... Hey, did you see that picture in the Sun the other day? Just when did Maradona become Gobi from the "Jarrett's Room" webcast skit on Saturday Night Live?
NAPKIN NOTES: The CBC has been showing movies instead of NHL hockey on Saturday nights. Next week's offering: Two On A Guillotine. A remake of the 1964 thriller. NHL fans lure Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow to a haunted house where they finally get them right where they want them.
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