Zetterberg Making Another Push For Conn Smythe
But you know who has really stood in the finals? It’s been Henrik Zetterberg. Head-to-head against Sydney Crosby, he has handed him his lunch. He has not only been a force pressuring the Penguins, but has played brilliantly defensively in terms of zone coverage.
If all stays the same in the finals, you’d have to give the Conn Smythe Trophy to Red Wings’ goalie Chris Osgood, but Zetterberg, who won it last year, is second on my list.
- If Jeremy Bonderman is pitching eight shutout innings of ball at Triple-A, he belongs in the major leagues. Don’t care what the radar gun readings say. Logic dictates he would take Dontrelle Willis’ spot in the rotation, except there is no real place for Willis in the bullpen. Willis, Nate Robertson and Brandon Lyon are making too much money release. Bobby Seay has a defined role as a situational lefty. I wouldn’t go there. Ryan Perry has options left, but he is too good not to be in the major leagues. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
- Nothing against Dwight Howard. He is a fabulous player. But mark me among those disappointed there isn’t a Kobe-LeBron matchup in the NBA Finals. The run by the Magic has been beyond surprising to me. I thought the Pistons might have had a chance against them in the opening round. Guess it’s all about matchups. The Cavs simply didn’t have an answer for Howard in the post.
- Hey, at least Chauncey got to the Western Conference finals. Did anybody expect that from the Nuggets?
My column in Monday's Oakland Press about the Red Wings: http://tinyurl.com/mvntbo