Thursday, December 31, 2009

A minor letdown

Two days after adding a significant milestone puck, I'm not surprised that Wednesday's effort for the Montreal Canadiens seems to lack luster. Yet, after adding 39 autographs, including 22 cards, to the collection, that's how it felt.

The biggest part, I imagine, was that not a single Canadiens player, or at least the ones I had pucks for, put silver paint on vulcanized rubber. Sure, the bar was raised -- top names (Andrei Markov) and new faces (Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez) filled the list -- but it was odd to walk away from hounding the Habs without adding a puck.

Oh, well, you don't always get what you want, do you? Besides, the Canadiens will be back soon enough and, perhaps, I'll have better luck next time.

Among those signing cards, shown above, were:

Top row: Matt D'Agostini, Josh Gorges and Jaroslav Halak;
Middle row: Sergei Kostitsyn, Maxim Lapierre and Kirk Muller; and
Bottom row: Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanic and Benoit Pouliot.

Unlike Moody, who has a knack for getting these double cards signed, Josh Gorges completed the first of the season, maybe even ever, when he signed this 2006-07 O-Pee-Chee card shared with then-San Jose teammate Matt Carle.

Carle, now with the Philadelphia Flyers, kicked off the card last week during the team's visit to Hockey Bay to play the Lightning, another of his former teams.

Other highlights of our morning with the Habs:

~ Seventeen members of the Canadiens organization signing Colin's team sheet; and
~ goalie Carey Price adding to the Threads project.

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