Chat with Scott Burnside
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside will stop by to chat about Team USA's 2-0 win over Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the men's hockey Olympic tournament. The U.S. face Finland in the semifinals on Friday.
Before joining ESPN in 2005, he was a reporter for the Windsor Star and Toronto Sun. Burnside has won numerous awards, including the 1990 National Newspaper Award, and also co-authored the best-selling true crime book "Deadly Innocence" in the mid-1990s. He is based in Atlanta.
Send your questions now and join Burnside on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET!
Scott Burnside (4:01 PM)
Welcome hockey folks. Coming to you live from the media work room at Canada Hockey Place in Vancouver. Let's talk some hockey.
hey scott, i was just wondering when is the next time the u.s hockey team plays?
Scott Burnside (4:01 PM)
brian; happy to help. noon tomorrow against finland. semifinal game. sorry, noon vancouver time.
Patrick Thoreson's play impressed me. I know he was in the NHL for a while, but if he's not still under contract then do you think a team will make a play for him for this year or next?
Scott Burnside (4:02 PM)
Andre; Good question. He played well for a Norwegian team that gave the Slovaks all they could handle in the qualification game. I chatted with Thoresen before the first game of the tournament and he's playing in the KHL and would like to get back to the NHL. I think his showing at the tournament will definitely get him a look.
What do you think was going through the minds of Thornton, Boyle, Heatley, Marleau after they and their teammates just embarassed the goalie who is supposed to lead them to a Stanley Cup?
Scott Burnside (4:04 PM)
John; That is a great question, too. I wondered that as they were coming off the ice and I saw a couple of them give Nabokov a pat on the back. But frankly it can't be good. For me, just another performance from Nabokov that reinforces that he cannot get the job done in the crunch. Someone suggested he was releasing his inner shark during yesterday's game. Ouch.
Do you have a good idea of which players the Flyers will go after in the brief window before the deadline, if any?
Scott Burnside (4:05 PM)
Brent; I have to believe that with Ray Emery once again shut down they will look for goaltending help. Marty Turco is available but expensive while Martin Biron is well-known and liked in that dressing room. Dan Ellis is another interesting case now that Pekka Rinne has signed an extension in Nashville.
Art (Utica, NY)
What do you think is the reason for Canada's turn-around since the loss to team USA - player adjustments, sense of desparation, Luongo in net, or just coming together as a team?
Scott Burnside (4:07 PM)
Art; Maybe a little of everything. Mainly I think just time together. Even though the lines continue to be juggled almost game to game, I think the comfort level if really high for them now. And I think it probably took some time to work through the pressure of being here and how much the country cares and expects.
Who's in the gold medal game and who wins and why? I'm guessing your gonna say Canada.
Scott Burnside (4:08 PM)
Matt; Well, it would be an even greater upset than the one they pulled off last night if Slovakia beat Canada but it could happen. Not likely, though, if Canada brings the physical game they brought last night. I will say Canada and the U.S. That American/Finland semifinal is interesting as they both play a similar style.
Jamie (Albany, NY)
Agree about Thoresen having impressed, but what about Hnat Dominicelli? He played well too, plus the fact that he had some legit success in the NHL and it seems like the post lockout style is more suited for his size and type of game. Any chance he gets another look?
Scott Burnside (4:09 PM)
Jamie; I think that ship has sailed. I think Domenichelli has played seven years in Europe. Too long to get back to the NHL.
I saw that you said Turco might be available for the Flyers. Do you still think so after the Stars put Auld on waivers?
Scott Burnside (4:11 PM)
Michael; I think the acquisition of Kari Lehtonen has ensured that at least one and maybe both of Turco and Auld are gone. Turco for sure.
What do u think bout those Blackhawks? 40-12, 76 pts. Oughtta be a contender.
Scott Burnside (4:12 PM)
Nick; Do you think? Sure. And as many of the folks here have pinted out, watching Nabokov melt down at the Olympics has to make the Sharks, who represent one of the major hurdles of making it out of the west, think twice. Unless of course watching Nabokov melt down makes them fearful it could happen to Cristobal Huet.
Dude Love (Vancouver )
Hey Scott what's more likely to happen first Pronger actually stops somebody coming down on him (without taking a penalty), or Lebrun picking up the tab on a night out?
Scott Burnside (4:15 PM)
Dude; I know my man Pierre is always the first to reach into his pocket. He's a prince. As for Pronger I thought he looked better against the Russians. Just shows you how fast this tournament is.
Joe Sakic (Vancouver )
That Jonathan Toews reminds me of somebody - Oh ya me. Future captain of Team Canada. They can force Sidney down every bodys throat but this kid is a leader.
Scott Burnside (4:16 PM)
Joe; I don't think it's so much forcing Sidney Crosby down people's throats but you are right on about Toews. He's the real deal and it's why I think you'll see Toews and Crosby going head to head in the final this spring.
Bruce (Maynard, MA)
It seems like every potential goalie deal gets tons of buzz, so why does it seem like I've heard nothing about a possible deal where Philly gets Tim Thomas from the Bs, especially since the Flyers have a good amount of NHL proven young talent, which is what Boston probably would want in return?
Scott Burnside (4:18 PM)
Bruce; I think the Bruins are still testing the waters with Tuukka Rask. Obviously he has supplanted Thomas as the starter for now but the Bruins still think they're a playoff team and having depth between the pipes is a nice luxury to have. Next year maybe.
Who will really and truly 100% retire from pro sports first, Forsberg or Favre? But seriously, although Foppa looked like a shell of his former self, can he really end his career on this note?
Scott Burnside (4:19 PM)
Norm; Acutally thought Forsberg looked as good as he has in the tournament last night but that's not saying much. You don't want to blame one guy but you wonder how much better the Swedes would have been with a youngster like Niclas Bergfors or even the sour Mikael Samuelsson in the tournament.
Viktor Tikonov (Moscow)
If I still Coach some people get one way ticket to Siberia.
Scott Burnside (4:21 PM)
Viktor; Better line up a big train.
Jagr was somewhat impressive during the Olympics, albeit in brief stints. I know it's much more nostalgic than anything, but what about the possibility of him coming back to the burgh? Seems like a natural fit, doesn't it?
Scott Burnside (4:23 PM)
Jason; Oh I think you'll see Jagr take one more kick at the can. He'll be free of his Russian responsibilities and I think he would like to show one more time whathe's got. Pittsburgh does seem to make sense on a number of levels provided he's willing to take a lot less than when he was playing here before. I thought he had a very good tournament.
Malkin's turnover in the Canadian zone seemed to galvanize the Canadians. Once they scored, it was over from there.
Scott Burnside (4:24 PM)
Jason; Yes, the goal off a turnover, like a late period goal or goal off a bad penalty, can really suck the life out of you. Not that the Russians had much life to begin with.
Any comments on Boyle's retaliation last night? If Semin's head hits the ice, it would have been a gruesome scene. Boyle should be suspended for the next game if not the rest of the Olympics.
Scott Burnside (4:25 PM)
Schlomo; I thought on the brief replays I saw that Boyle gave Semin a little spear, too, and was surprised he received only a minor penalty. The hit was a good one, too. Boyle and the Canadians are lucky they didn't receive a more severe penalty/suspension.
Jessie (Seattle, WA)
I think the unheralded story from the 2010 games has been the stellar play of Hiller and Halak. They've been every bit as good, if not better, than the elite netminders. Will this be for them what 2006 was for Lundqvist?
Scott Burnside (4:26 PM)
Jessie; You make a great point. Both goalies were dynamite and Halak still has his sights set on a medal. Ryan Miller's been pretty darned good, too.
Canada's win over Russia was front page news on ESPN.com. The US win got a tiny little mention. I find that odd.
Scott Burnside (4:28 PM)
Randy; You probably missed the period of time when the U.S. was front and center. It's a 24 world out here in the internet.
Demitra has been among the best players at the Olympics. Is this due more to national pride and playing on his home rink, or might he be returning to his point-per game elite status that he had a few years ago?
Scott Burnside (4:29 PM)
Les; He definitely has had a great tournament and it does stand out in stark contrast to his sometimes disinterested play in the NHL. Could he keep up this pace when he gets back to playing for the Canucks. I am doubtful.
George McPhee (DC)
The Russians should have asked for my advice on Kozloaf and Federov.
Scott Burnside (4:30 PM)
George; Ha, ha. Some people never learn.
Much was said about how a number of players left of Olympic rosters put up big "in your face" stats over the past month or so. What carry over effect do you see for players from the Czech Republic and Russia do you foresee when NHL games resume? Will their the let down carry over, or might we see guys like AO and Malkin put up huge stats out of frustration?
Scott Burnside (4:31 PM)
Stu; I'm not sure there will be all that much of a carry-over. You've seen evidence of it cutting both ways. Great Olympics and then fall off in the playoffs and vise versa.
Vladislav Tretiak (Russian House, Vancouver, BC)
Scott, I know a thing or two about not wanting to get pulled in the Olympics, but even I thought Nabokov needed the gate after the third goal, if just to stop the momentum. Your thoughts? Or was it over already by that point?
Scott Burnside (4:32 PM)
Vladislav; You know whereof you speak, that's for sure. And I, too, was shocked that Nabokov was in for anything more than three. Horrific job of coaching all around.
Am I wrong in that it was a good thing for most of the Wings Olympians to have lost yesterday so they get a few days of rest for a stretch run? Also how do you see the Winged Wheel ending the season?
Scott Burnside (4:34 PM)
Tom; I don't think it's wrong of you at all. I'm sure Ken Holland is happy on a number of fronts to have pretty much all of his guys with their feet up. I still think they're a playoff team but it's going to be a grind. 8th seed, maybe 7th. But I wouldn't want to bet against them once they get there.
Of the 4 teams left what is your prediction on the final outcome?
Scott Burnside (4:35 PM)
Megan; Canada over the U.S. in gold medal game. 5-4 in shootout.
I know the owners haven't decided on NHL involvement for the 2014 games, but will all this years excitement and the lack of notable injuries compared to 2006 (not to mention very public stances from AO and Malkin) sway them towards having players participate once again?
Scott Burnside (4:36 PM)
Brady; It won't hurt but it's ultimately a bargaining chip the owners will use with the players. I think they'll be there but it's going to cost the players something significant in the next CBA.
Jay (coatesville pa)
do you think team usa will win
Scott Burnside (4:37 PM)
Jay; I think they beat the Finns but fall to Canada.
In the last couple of months Ovechkin had embarrassed Pronger,Niedermeyer and Weber in individual matchups. Any idea as to why last night was different?
Scott Burnside (4:41 PM)
eric; I think it's sometimes easy to read too much into one game. But it almost seemed as though Ovechkin couldn't bring the same emotion to the quarterfinal game that we'd seen in the NHL. While he was a physical force in the Olympic tournament neither he nor really any of the Russian stars ever looked really comfortable playing with each other.
Vladislav Tretiak (Russian House, Vancouver, BC)
Scott, aren't you impressed by how much my English has improved when typing in this chat compared to my jumbotron interviews during the intermissions in Vancouver. When asked about the Russian "goals" for this tournament, I responded that "yes we have two goalies...Nabokov and Bryzgalov." Funny right?
Scott Burnside (4:42 PM)
Vlad; Yes. I liked that. Do you still run those great goalie schools in Canada and the United States? As for your goalies, too bad you didn't use the right one.
Walt (San Antonio)
Since it's almost guaranteed that the 3rd goalie won't play at all, who don't countries take a young netminder to give him experience for future games?
Scott Burnside (4:44 PM)
Walt; That's often the strategy employed as with the U.S. who brought Jonathan Quick. But Canada took Ed Belfour to Salt Lake City and he was by all accounts a great guy in the room. I think you can overstate the value of it but in general it's good for kids to be here I think. Four years is a long time between Olympic tournaments though so not sure just how much value there is.
Alexander Ovechkin (Russian House, Vancouver, BC)
Scott, seeing Crosby in that handshake line seemed awfully familiar to the ending of a particular must win elimination playoff game last year. These no show beatdowns are killing my side of the "Ovechkin vs. Crosby" argument.
Scott Burnside (4:45 PM)
Alex; True. This was bigger than you and Crosby though. But do you think we'll bring it up when you and Crosby meet in the second round again this spring?
Greg (Manchester, VT)
Give us one name who hasn't been talked about a lot but might just end up getting traded before the deadline
Scott Burnside (4:46 PM)
Greg; Dan Hamhuis. Contract up and the Predators won't want to see him walk for nothing. Very good, solid D-man.
Let's say Luongo gets hurt. Does Fleury get a shot?
Scott Burnside (4:47 PM)
Jason; If anyone has been reading my columns, yes. In other words, no.
Looking ahead a bit, do you think the fact that the trade deadline is so soon after the Olympic break will cause there to be even fewer deadline deals than in years past?
Scott Burnside (4:47 PM)
Mo; No, it'll just mean more work in less time for GMs.
Will Sergei Gonchar be considered one of the greatest Russian hockey players ever? Dude is significantly underrated...
Scott Burnside (4:51 PM)
Jason; I think that would be a fair assessment of his career. I think he is getting his due over the past couple of years with his stellar play in Pittsburgh. He will be an interesting Hall of Fame debate too as he currently ranks 27th all-time among NHL defensemen in points.
Let's say the US wins gold and Miller plays very well. I know this wouldn't truly be another "Miracle on Ice" but could Miller have a level of recognition among non-hockey fans like Jim Craig and Mike Eruzione did right after the 1980 games?
Scott Burnside (4:51 PM)
Trev; Different time, different hockey world so I doubt it would be the same but it will be interesting to see how this American team is viewed if they do win gold.
I thought of Slovakia as the black horse since the beginning of the tournament. You think they have a chance?
Scott Burnside (4:54 PM)
Oscar; Well, Jaroslav Halak will have play out of his mind. But he's used to that. It is a long, long shot given how well Canada played yesterday but there's always a chance at these sorts of things. A couple of power play goals early and the Slovaks will have a chance.
Do you think Nabokov's performance yesterday will have any effect on his play for the Sharks down the stretch? Does this put the onus on them to get a quality backup at the deadline?
Scott Burnside (4:55 PM)
Matt; Thomas Greiss didn't have all that great a tournament either so I'm guessing these have been nervous days for Doug Wilson.
Burning Question - Where is Don Cherry? Has anyone spotted this man?This figure in Canadian hockey usually stands out like no other. Who do you think will have gained the most mystic by the end of these Games?Regards,Neek
Scott Burnside (4:58 PM)
Neek; No CBC at these Olympics which means Don Cherry has no profile here. As for mystique, how about Jaroslav Halak who can be restricted free agent at the end of the year and doesn't want to share the Hab net with Carey Price?
Scott Burnside (4:58 PM)
Okay folks. Over and out from Canada Hockey Place. Stick around tomorrow for our live chats during the U.S./Finn semifinal at noon Vancouver time.