Garth started spewing some nonsense about how he had to be at least 18 to be signed, so I reluctantly agreed that we could wait a couple months for the deal, as he is 16 months old now. Suddenly, Garth changed his story to be that he needs to be at least 18 YEARS old, not months, and that they only draft defensemen from Canadian juniors, American colleges, and random high schools.
The trip started in Ottawa, and we arrived on the biggest national holiday in all of Canada, Free Agent Signing Day, July 1st. The day is marked by fireworks, parades and giant parties on the front lawn of Parliment.
Ottawa Senators fans gathered to celebrate Matt Carkner's signing by the NY Islanders
Undeterred, we journeyed on to Quebec. Wearing my Islanders hat, I was mobbed by throngs of fans wanting to know if I was an advance scout looking for places for players to live in 2015. Unfettered by complications of zoning, traffic issues, and Kate Murray, the city has already started development of an arena. With the Coyotes seemingly no longer available for relocation, it came as a shock that the Islanders weren't the popular choice to be the new primary tenants.Toronto Maple Leafs.
As for my son, the Remparts wanted him to tack on about 4 feet in height and about 160 more pounds before considering him.
Our last stop was Montreal. And while they don't have a Q team there, we did happen to run into some old friends...
Former Islander defensement Milan Jurcina and Mark Eaton (foreground) have signed contracts in Montreal
via images.ctv.caWe ate poutine, crepes and some form of beaver and moose stew... but no contract, at least not yet.