Monday, July 03, 2006

Chris Pronger to Anaheim...

Hey everyone!

Sorry I haven't been around more in the last few days, but I was in Montreal and I've been so freakin' busy... You'll see a lot more of me around here in the next few days as well as the next few weeks.

First off, if you don't know yet, Chris Pronger has just been traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jeoffrey Lupul and a bunch of draft picks. While the Oilers didn't get full value in return for their star defenceman, Lupul is young, and he is very good. He could really blossom in Edmonton, and will fit right in with guys like Ryan Smyth, Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll. I expect Kevin Lowe will now try really hard to re-sign Jaroslav Spacek, and since pretty much all free-agent defencemen have been signed, I wouldn't be surprised if he tries to get one through a trade. In the meantime, he did manage to re-sign Fernando Pisani and Dwayne Roloson, and both were priorities.

After seeing the Oilers fall to the 'Canes in 7 games, on Saturday I had to witness England fall in penalties to Portugal. I'll tell you that much: it was a heartbreaker. Frank Lampard, perhaps the best european player in the tournament, once again could not convert glorious chances into goals. England could've really used his touch throughout the tournament, but he never quite found it. John Terry also missed the net on an excellent chance in the second half. But in the end, England's lack of a quality goaltender is what gave them in. When Robinson needed to shine, he disapeared and let in 3 goals on penalties, while on Portugal's side, their golaie seemed to be almost on every ball. When you consider that Beckham was out with a foot injury, that Michael Owen had been missing for a couple of games and that Wayne Rooney was out on a red card, England's chances were quite slim entering that shootout (or whatever they call it). 2006 is a year every English fan will look back on wondering what could've been. This was a good team, but they couldn't come through in the clutch.

Saturday was not all bad, though, as France did defeat the Brazilian squad. And since we, at The Dwarf's Musings, hate Brazil, that was pretty sweet. France will now face off against Portugal, and with Thierry Henry, arguably the best striker in the world, and Zidane on fire, they have now become really dangerous. I think France will dominate Portugal and head over to the finals. In the other match, Germany will face off against Italy. And while Italy did clobber Ukraine on Friday, they have hardly faced a worthy opponent since the start of the tournament. I think that with Klose and Ballack playing really well, and with the home crowd on their side, Germany will take the victory and face France in the finals.

That's it for now, dudes and dudettes... I'll se you later in the week.

Dwarf out

6 Comments:

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

The Dwarf, your blog performnace was as good as Frank Lampard's during the penalties (you could say the entire World Cup, it wouldn't make a difference): shite.

Firstly, I am amazed and appaled at the indifference you show about the best player of the Oilers being traded! During all the playoffs, you kept saying how good he was, blablabla, the best defender in the league, blablabla, Conn Smythe material, blablabla...

And now, you tell us he's been traded for somebody who's name is reminiscent of a cancer, and you say the guy's gonna "fit in the team"? Hellllloooooo????
As far as I am concerned, Kevin Lowe can very well take Rolosson's blocker and shove it up his ass.
Pronger should have stayed, at any costs.

Secondly, you are talking about the England game as if you didn't watch it... England played his usual shit game, until Ronney got screwed. And he did get screwed, because what he did did not deserve a red card. He did squash Carvallho's balls, but that was not intentional. And the little shove he gave Ronaldo (may he burn in hell, that little bitch!!) was nothing also. But when England got down to 10 men, then they started playing. Hargreaves in particular played a spectacular match. And for all you Canadians out there, Hargreaves was born & raised in Calgary, Alberta. I guess for England it can't be a good sign in football when your best player on the field is Canadian... Ashley Cole played superbly also, and so was Lennon. In fact, Dwarf, if I was the coach, I would have Lennon in my team rather than Becks. Becks did play well during some games of the tournament, and acted like a captain should, but Lennon was always more productive and dangerous on the field then Beckham. That's why I guess Becks decided to step down as England's captain - I think he knew the new coach wasn't gonna let him have the captain's armband... better quit than be fired...
For the penalties, I didn't surprise me that Lampard missed his kick - he had not been playing well all tournament and with ENgland's history of never winning on penalties, it was too much pressure to have him go first. Still, after Hargreaves scored and Portugal missed, had Gerrard scored, England would have had the advantage, and then the whole thing could have changed, because the pressure would have been on Portugal...Anyway, maybe one day England will win. I will probbaly be dead by then. Hopefully Canada can make the next World Cup...

By the way, I am not sure if any of you had the chance to see Zidane play in the folloing Brazil-France game, but he delivered what is probably the best football performance I have ever seen. Ever. It's hard to put into words... Do you remember how gracious Denis Savard looked in his young days, or Lemieux or Gretzy on top of his game? Well, Zidane looked like that, except with a football. Often, he had 2-3 players around him fighting for the ball (2-3 of the World's best players, ie Ronaldo, Ronaldhino, Cafu, etc.), all stressing out and trying real hard to get the ball, and Zidane was there, super-relax, playing with the ball as if he was alone. Amazing.

Peace out, my biatches

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger The Dwarf said...

Veillotron, you need to cool off. It seems that little statue has been stuck up your ass for too long... You have to relax dude.

In regards to the England match, it's true Hargreaves and Lennon played well (Lennon in particular led a couple of very dangerous attacks). But when push came to shove, and England had a chance to win, you could look down their roster and see Becks, Rooney and Owen were gone, and Lampard was just as invisible. So, if you don't agree with me, you can kiss my fat american ass.

As for Pronger, I can bitch and whine all I want, the guy wanted to be traded and would've pouted all year had he stayed. It's true they didn't get fair value in return (they were never gonna), but hey, what am I going to do? Cry about it? Maybe next season, but not now.

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Dude, you need to take constructive criticism with a smile :)
By the way, I've checked it out and it seems it's Janet Pronger who didn't want to stay in Edmonton... (I can understand that Cali is much better...)
Italy/Germany is going to start soon - I hope Germany goes through, but only if they are going to loose to France in the final. If not, I prefer Italy to go through

Oh, and by the way, Sweetness knows, but I know have an xbox360 - it's time we all get hooked up!!

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous huy said...

yes, pronger left the stanley cup finalist so he can please his whiny bitch wife.......from now on, i say we call him christina pronger.

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

bye bye Ballack...

 
At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

Forza Italia! Wait a minute... actually I don't give a shit about these results...

What matters more is the forecast for tomorrow..

 

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