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Luongo to Vancouver

Keenan is officially insane.
The Vancouver Canucks have dealt forward Todd Bertuzzi, goaltender Alex Auld and defenceman Bryan Allen to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Roberto Luongo, defenceman Lukis Krajicek and a sixth round pick.

How Keenan even considered this deal I haven't a clue. Absolutely horrible, this is beyond defensible.

I wouldn't want Bertuzzi if Vancouver offered him for nothing at all.
He's extremely talented but hasn't shown any of that talent in 3yrs now, even paired with Naslund (I still consider him a top 5 forward in the NHL) he's barely able to hit 70pts now, even in a season in which scoring jumped considerably.
He's a liability defensively his once vaunted physical game has compleyely disappeared last season. You can count on him to give a sterling example to the young Florida talent of how to get rich by never giving more then a 2% effort.
Not to mention the massive baggage that comes along with him, the media still hunts him daily over the Steve Moore hit, and that's bound to be a distraction to Florida as if Bertuzzi isn't enough of a lockeroom cancer.

On the off chance that Bertuzzi somehow proves to be a worthwhile acquistion they can count on having him for…. 1 season. How thrilling, Luongo for a soon to be UFA.

Ah yes, they also get Auld. A 1B goaltener, basically a below average starter. Adequate but definitely not a guy you want to rely upon if you expect to make any noise in the playoffs. Roughly comparable to Cloutier, but cheaper and younger.

Allen at least does hold value. A 25yr old 2nd pairing defensive D-man. No offensive abilities at all, and he appears to have peaked but still a nice guy to have.

What does Vancouver get?
Either the best or 2nd best goalie in the NHL (Depnding on how one feels about Brodeur), and elite netminder in his prime that can singlehandedly carry a team on his back.
He is unfortunately an UFA after this season and has made it clear he intends to sign with a contender, which Florida is not. Easy to see why Florida was dealing him…. luckily Vancouver should be a pretty good team with Luongo in goal, and I'd give pretty good odds he'll be willing to sign long term there.
A spectacular upgrade on Auld whose dragged them down for so long, they finally have the reliable goalie they've so long desired.

The 6th rounder means little, it's a small addition but very unlikely to ever amount to an NHL player.

Krajicek is a young 3rd pairing offensive D-Man with some upside. He hasn't developed as expected thus far, but he can prvide some offence from the blueline and while he isn't very good defensively he's not a disaster either. If he could bulk up a bit and improve his defensive game positionally he could be a pretty nice player but I haven't seen the development from him to lead me to believe he's likely to improve much.
Still, a decent enough young player with some upside.

As far as I see this massively improved Vancouver in the short term and very likely in the long term, meanwhilst Florida downgrades significantly in the short term with precious little here to get excited about long term. They should have been able to bring back MUCH more in trade.

Horrible, horrible deal.

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June 23, 2006 Posted by | NHL Trades, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Windoes Vista Beta 2-public

Microsoft's servers seem to be holding up admirably well under the predictable onlaught of people trying to register to test Windows Vista Beta 2. Quite impressive given they were crying for mercy within hours of the Office 2007 beta release.

They still seem to be accepting new registrations for the beta, plenty of time for all interested to get in on it. It's been up since 10PM Wednesday. I'm liking the fact that these betas and others in the past year are becoming publically available, instead of restricted to MSDN/MS Tech subscribers or Microsofts Beta Experience program. It's allowing a lot more people easy access, and that's a good thing.

Of course it isn't for everyone, unless you're fairly tech savvy you proobably aren't going to be wanting to install a beta operating system.

June 10, 2006 Posted by | Computer software | Leave a comment

Government sponsored Prostitution

Sounds like a sickening thought?
Apparently it's pretty accurate in Germany.

I find it disgusting enough that prositution is legally a profession in Germany, but I will grant that a number of people would argue it should be even if I could never begin to understand such a sentiment.

It gets worse however, the German government can potentially almost force someone into prostitution….
apparently if you are an unemployed female seeking employement with the unemployment board and turn down the offer to work in a brothel you forfiet your unemployment benefits.

That's lovely.
Want unemployment benefits? Sure…. oh but first we have a Brothel intered in hiring you, and we've also got an interview for a nude modeling job lined up. Don't like it? Too bad, that's law and every job agency in the country is legally obligated to push you into prostituion.

That's absolutely sickening.

Information courtesy of UK 'Telegraph' newspaper.

June 7, 2006 Posted by | The World Today | Leave a comment

Outlook 2007 Phishing filter

Maybe I’m easily amused, or just find the geekiest things funny but

Outlook 2007 has an incredible bizarre idea of what a phishing mail is. (You know what that is I presume?)
Don’t get me wrong, I love the program and normally its spam/phishing filter is extremely effective… but how Outlook decided the following was a scammer faking a legitimate website I haven’t a clue.
The email in question:

“BTW, Patches is fine. They said his bloodwork didn't show anything. 🙂 Molly, my puppy, is getting huge! I weighed her at 10 lbs last night and she is 12 weeks old. Sweetie is doing good too, ill as ever! “

We were talking about XYZ's dogs (I'm not inclined to mention whom the person I was emailing is as that's imaterial) but that’s beside the point… tell me, does anything in that email give you the impression it’s a phishing mail?
I find this oddly hilarious that Outlook somehow feels that is phishing.
Even more oddly, despite somehow deciding this is a phising email… it also decides the email is not spam.

So… talking about dogs=phishing, but phishing does not equate to spam.

On another note… one would think if they took the time to implement a phishing filter it would at least cross their mind to include the word in their spell checker.

June 6, 2006 Posted by | Amusement, Computer software | Leave a comment

WordPress-New Home of my blog

Congratulations, you've found my new blog. Don't you feel ever so proud?
No? Well… neither do I actually.
My old Blog at LiveJournal is located here, though it'll no longer be updated.

I've imported a few choice posts, roughly 97% of the blog is over there so if you want to read my past posts you know where to go.

June 2, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

June 2, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment