Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A "smack my head, I got it" moment

The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone and done it again. They have claimed former Capital Matt Pettinger on re-entry waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.* Given the collection of forwards the Lightning already have obtained, one might ask with respect to the Pettinger claim ..."why?"

It took us a while, but we think we've figured it out. Follow along...

First, let's leave aside that idea that the Lightning picked up Pettinger because Len Barrie, one of the co-owners, is a friend and business partner, as reported by the Vancouver Sun. That's crap. There is a bigger theme here.

In David Koci, Ryan Malone, Mark Recchi, Gary Roberts, and Adam Hall, the Lightning have assembled themselves quite a group of former Penguins.

On the other hand, with Jeff Halpern, Jamie Heward, and Olaf Kolzig, the Capitals Alumni association is also well-represented. But, the Lightning needed another former Cap to even up the score (especially since Heward has been sent to AHL Norfolk).

Why? We think it is part of Oren Koules' (also a Lightning co-owner) nefarious plot to make up for the abysmal play of the Lightning on the ice and turn the St. Pete Forum into the set of some weird shoot for a horror movie, a Capitals versus Penguins death match, the perfect remedy for a guy who made his mark with the "Saw" movie series.

Malone!...Halpern!...Recchi!...Kolzig!...Roberts!...

...Pettinger!!!

AYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!


edit...St. Louis picked up Koci on waivers from Tampa Bay, but the Ducks have put Ken Klee on waivers...the plot thickens.


* Thanks to leftwing and CStoneNo37 on The Official for the heads up

5 comments:

CapsKremlin said...

Call them the pen-tals?

Hooks Orpik said...

The Lightning also employ Rick Tocchet as an assistant coach and Greg Malone (Ryan's dad) as a scout, two more for the Penguin column.

The Peerless said...

Tocchet was also a Cap...does he beat himself up?

Marky Narc said...

We should be so lucky, eh Peerless?

Anonymous said...

OMG - That is hilarious!!! Don't forget that Alan May is in Norfolk...