Bissonnette, Mirasty, Gagne, Nielsen and StaalShareThis
White rabbits! September’s going to be an AWESOME month. And, for your reading pleasure, I start up at Puck Daddy in a week – Tuesday, September 7th. Neat. O.
It’s “one-touch passes” time:
As it’s been mentioned on Deadspin, probably Puck Daddy, and most definitely noticed on twitter…. Twuperstar Paul Bissonnette is back in action: @biznasty2poiont0 . Soooo, we all got that goin’ for us. Crushasaurus, where you at, brotha?
BTW, I’m a big fan of the “BizNasty” nickname – right up there with another (minor leauge) hockey fighter, John “Nasty” Mirasty.
I mean… Nasty Mirasty? Sounds like a bad-guy character you’d create for your hockey movie. (I just googled “Nasty Mirasty” to see how to spell his last name, and the guy has his own website, complete with a “store” that’s not yet running).
I found the four-pic combo of Mirasty below on Google Image, no idea whose it is, soooo thanks to them. It’s also worth noting that I’d still rather fight this guy than Yablonski.
I got some good responses on twitter the other day to this idea: Basically, is there any reason to believe Tampa Bay will finish any lower than the 5-6-7 seed in the East? Their top six are insane, maybe the best in the leauge: Lecavalier, St. Louis, Stamkos, Gagne, Malone and Downie. Deaaaammnnn.
If Ellis or Smith can put together a good year – and there’s a strong possibility that one of those two quality tenders will – they’re a scary group. And with the pick-up of Kubina and a year under Hedman’s belt…. Again – deaaammmnnn.
Frans Nielsen of the Isles has been coming up more often in coversations as a guy could have a good year, which got me thinking…. is he strong enough to ever be considered someone who gets mentioned as one of the ”best third line centers in the NHL?” That quote is from Brian Compton of NHL.com, a guy who thinks he it’s possible. (By the way, just because Jordan Staal is a third line center doesn’t mean he’s a third line center ….if you get what I’m saying)
He certainly has the ability, but he’s just so slight… you can be as talented and smart as all hell, but if you lose the majority of your puck battles, it kills your line and hurts your team.
I’ll have to check out his ”corsi” stats to see if we can get some indication of his ability to control the direction of the game, but I’m honestly asking, Isles fans: Is he strong enough to make the jump from capable to premier? I don’t watch enough Isles games to judge.
There’s not a whole lot of players in the NHL I’d rather have on my team than Jordan Staal. Yet still, people insist that the Pens should trade away one of their three dominant centers for some support on the wings. And to that I say, “no, no they shouldn’t.”
They have something no team can match with their 1-2-3 punch (major threat on three lines), which is a huge advantage. You keep the option of having the toughest-to-stop final-minute three-man unit in the league. Plus, a dozen teams are trying the “two stars and and a bunch of B-minus players” thing – making that trade puts you right back to where everyone else is.
With the additions of Martin and Michalek on D, to go with a couple other solid d-men, that team will be dangerous again this year. In fact, they’ll contend every year – as long as they don’t do anything crazy. Keep the three big centers, Pittsburgh. Far more important to have those than great wingers.
Did you check out my first piece of the season for The Hockey News Monday? Good. I’ll have another one on Hockey Primetime later tonight.