Not wanting to lose a very valuable commodity in their successful franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights promoted Assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon to GM, allowing vice-president George McPhee to focus on other duties. Rumours had McCrimmon, who still owns the Brandon Wheat Kings in the "Dub", as the front runner for taking over the GM responsibilities in either Edmonton or Seattle, when they join the NHL in a couple of years.
Then in a rather surprising move, the Oilers, whose last three GM's had little or no experience, hired veteran Ken Holland away from the Detroit organization to be their new GM. Holland, who has been with the Red Wings since Biblical times, has a proven track record but will need plenty of time and "guts" as he weeds out the many former ex-Oilers who are still involved in the day-to-day operations of the franchise.
Round three of the playoffs are underway with the big bad Bruins taking on the surging Hurricanes in the east while in the west, the Blues should play and beat the Sharks, provided they both win their "game sevens" against their respective opponents, the Stars and Avalanche. Although sports bookies in Las Vegas have Carolina as favourites, take Beantown based on their experience and talent.
If you're a Blue Jay fan, you may want to buy a team program to see what players are on the team. Toronto has pretty much cleaned house, getting rid of most of their notable and highly overpaid veterans (Martin, Tulo, Happ, Bautista, Donaldson) but the new recruits aren't exactly lighting it up. Obviously this was expected but surely they can find somebody in their farm system who can bat higher than .076.
The Bears, who are currently 1-1 with a win over Souris and a loss to Reston/Elkhorn), will be at home this Sunday afternoon to take on the powerful VM Vikings at 4:00 p.m., followed by Crocus Plains who will pay them a visit on Wednesday.
In an innovative and excellent move to increase golf awareness now and hopefully increase their membership in the future, the Minnedosa Golf Club is allowing junior boys and girls, under 16, to golf for free this season. There are obviously some minor restrictions involved (such as which days and times can be used) but the overall idea certainly has merit and it'll be interesting to see if other clubs in southwest Manitoba consider doing the same thing. To me, it's definitely a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Just a friendly reminder about the annual men's spring tournament later this month, phone the clubhouse to enter. Until next time....