Canadian Lines, Getzlaf, and Ovy on JagrShareThis
I ran this song a while back, but I figured I’d run it again because I’m “Beggin’” Team Canada to figure it the f**k out.
Goooood morning! It’s a new day, and I’m feeling much better after spending yesterday dealing with Canada’s loss like a bad breakup. Face it, accept it, and move on kids.
Today’s the public disembowling of Germany, (still with me on that right? Guys?) so that’ll feel good. Nothing like beating up some kid at school cause you failed a test. Now let’s talk lines:
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of the concept of “chemistry”. Sure, you might figure out the tendencies of your linemates after a few games, but the only people that I believe have true ”chemistry” are the Sedins.
I like the term “clicking” better, because that’s what it is. Alex Burrows “clicks” with the Sedins, because his style suits what they need to be successful, that being, they need the puck to be effective, and he goes and gets it.
So I’m not sure that keeping Heatley/Thornton/Marleau together is as necessary as we’ve all been acting. The only guy really benefitting from that line is Marleau - the other two are on pace for the same years they always have. The line is just so deadly because there’s three dangerous players on the ice, not cause they have any particular chemistry (in fact, Thornton got more points the year he played with the CHEECHOO train).
Here’s what I’d like to see:
Nash – Crosby – Staal
Toews – Thornton – Heatley
Marleau – Richards – Getzlaf
Iggy – Morrow – Perry – Bergeron
…Or something to that effect. The point being that Staal and Toews are playing too well and are too effective to be toiling with Brendan Morrow and Patrice Bergeron on the fourth line.
What would you like to see with who-where-when-why-how? (Or just answer the who part, maybe).
I was explaining to a buddy how Getzlaf plays last night, and it’s tough to describe, so bear with me. I’ve skated with him a bunch in summer hockey, and here’s the best I can do:
You know the move where a guy comes down on a defenseman, stick to the middle, and fakes a shot while pulling it between his own legs, then picks it up on the other side of the d-man? You know the move I’m talking about?
Point is, kids from 13 and up do the move. Or the move where, a guy is standing behind the net, a d-man comes to get him, so the player banks it off the back/bottom of the net and picks it up on the other side of the d-man? You know those moves.
Anyways, most players reach a point where, they can do them all very easily, but they stop working, because professional d-men aren’t retarded and we’re not playing Junior B anymore.
Well, apparently, if you’re 6’4″ 235, you can still do them.
Guys occasionally read his somewhat-obvious, junior-style moves, but he’s so big that he just out-reaches, or out-muscles guys to make the play work. His reach makes such a difference, and he uses his body well. So, it’s not that his moves are lame, that’s not my point - you can’t blame the guy for using moves that work, no matter where they came from. It’s just that he’s not exactly… a revolutionary, he’s just one of those guys that are physically built from birth to have success at hockey.
The problem is, when the moves don’t involve muscle and size, ie. sneaky passes, he’ll sometimes look like a junior player again. Whiiiich might by why last game, he had flashes of looking too young to buy booze in Alberta.
I figured I’d weigh-in on an entry by my buddy Greg Wyshynski over at Puck Daddy, who chose to question the legality of the Oveckin/Jagr hit. My thoughts: if we ever change a rule that makes that body check illegal, I’m switching favourite sports.
Jagr, in open ice with full possession, tries to cut back across the grain on a guy who’s coming from that direction (redundant, but REALLY, Jagr?). Again, with the puck – not like he was trying to corral a pass.
If you can’t hit a guy then and there, with no strides taken and your shoulder down, holy shit our game has no hope. Sure, his head gets hit because it’s in the way of his body (read: down), but that’s not a “head shot”, as the dangerous infractions have been termed - surely we can discern the difference between that hit and Richards-on-Booth, no? The point of contact is to separate the man from the puck, like Ovy did, not the head from the body, like Richards tried.
Our game won’t be served well if we implement a black-and-white interpretation of head shots - Jagr buries his head to fully commit to the direction change, and Ovy is sure as shit allowed to hit him there, otherwise everyone should skate around head-first for protection (the hit starts at the 50 second point of the video).
So yeah. I vote “legal”.
(I wish I had longer video to show how long Ovechkin goes without taking a stride before the hit, haters.)
Canada. Germany. Anyone wanna put something on Germany against Canada? I’ll give you odds.