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NHL lockout 2012

So Michel Therrien says he feels like a caged tiger with the Lockout spoiling his déjà vu with Nos Canadiens? Gives me an idea to settle the damn thing. Let's put Bettman and Fehr in a cage with the tiger and let Therrien occupy himself with Bulldogs.

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The great team at Gordon's Goodyear (I blew out a tire on the way to CJAD's new studios the other morning) helped me come up with another suggestion: lock the commish and union heavy in the vacated CJAD studios on Fort Street and don't let them out until they have a deal. If they order food or beers, they have to pay NHL arena prices. See how fast they settle. I felt bad for Steve Begin at the Habs' first Lockout Ligue de Garage workout Monday. He was lugging his own gear on his back, carrying his own sticks, and packing a bag lunch. One of these days Begin is going to head to Alberta to skate with the Flames he hopes to spend the season with. It's guys like Begin and Darche who have the most to lose in the twilight of their careers. I've sided staunchly with the players in this Lockout, but I did have to chuckle at the humbling sight of them picking up their own pucks and carrying the bucket to their Brossard locker room. I was pleased to hear Marc Bergevin predict PK Subban will have a long career...in Montreal. Francis Bouillon will be a good influence on Habs fans' guilty pleasure. Frankie Boo acted very surprised when I asked him how he feels being paired up with Subban. "I didn't know that," he deadpanned,a week after Coach Therrien's starting point lines and d-pairs had been tweeted and dissected before anyone realized they'd been published by the Gazette inadvertently. No state secrets revealed-at best they were a coach's musings. But Bouillon admitted to me he's talked to Hal Gill about PK and is braced for the joy ride. Hope you'll give @lion_vic a follow on twitter. The multi-purpose back who inherits Brandon Whitaker's job is a "Mini-me" and also reveals a lion-heart instinct for blocking as of B-Whit did like Avon Cobourne before. During his only previous CFL


start in Edmonton,VictorAnderson showed a willingness to take some shots at opposing pass-rushers and certainly showed some agility swinging out of the backfield. Anderson is another Popp Christmas bonus discovery. When the Als' GM was home for the holidays last Christmas,he took a timeout from family to see a game in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina called the Belk Bowl. OK, so to my knowledge there's no Belk Bowl parade or as much hoopla, but Jim's found future Alouettes like this before. It's a small football world, and one of Anderson's coaches is a former player Popp coached atThe Citadel a lifetime ago. The Louisville coach gave a glowing character reference and how could he do anything but. Anderson has emerged from drug devestation that hit his mother and his father. The ghetto of Louisville betrays our image of Kentucky blue grass and sweet country air ofAmerica's finest stables. I guess everybody in Kentucky is sniffing something, because once Anderson got a whiff of horses, he fell in love. Louisville opened an opportunity to tour some of Kentucky's finest stables in his college off seasons. "I worked with the mares and the foals, so it was interesting to be around the once great racehorses that were being bred, to the top studs


in the industry. I got to go up to Claiborne Farm and that's where Secretariat was buried. It's a beautiful place." Victor laughs at my suggestion HE may be a thoroughbred. "Brandon and all the stable of backs here, I guess you could say that. I love horses. My grandmother grew up loving horses and I can remember going to the horse track with her." "I look to get a farm when I'm done with football. Get me some horses." Spoken like a future GM. Let the record show my father has hit lucky #13 on brushes with royalty in a matter of 4 months. He shook hands with Charles and posed for a shot with Camilla while in London for June's Bomber Command memorial unveiling, an occasion that also brought him within metres of the Queen, the Duke and other assorted royals bringing his blue-blood

Michel Therrien

count to 12. This week my father was proud to hand over a signed copy of his war memoir "Behind Enemy Lines" to Prince Edward. Edward was visiting 426 Squadron at CFB Trenton, which also houses 429 Bison Squadron and my dad's favourite haunt, the Air Force Museum. He'll gladly give you a personalized tour any Friday morning, but you better buy his book at the gift shop. If they're out of stock, he's packing copies in the trunk.

Rick Moffat is Sports Director and Voice of the Alouettes and Montreal Impact on CJAD 800, www.cjad.com follow on: twitter @RickMoffat . If you would like to send Rick a letter please e-mail: rickmoffat@westendtimes.ca Comment on this article at: www.westendtimes.ca

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