Caps Goaltending, Modano, and Quality SportswritingShareThis
It’s that time of year – NHL news is at a minimum, and summer fun is at a maximum. Although, I live in Phoenix, so it’s “winter” here (you don’t go outside for very long if you can avoid it). I will say this about the heat though – it’s not as bad as people say.
It was supposedly 115 here last Saturday, and we spent four middle-of-the-day hours floating on tubes down Salt River. We still sit by the pool periodically. Basically, if water is involved, you can make it work.
Anyway, the point is that there isn’t much to discuss around the NHL. I, for one, care zero percent about prospect camps. I mean, literally, zero. So, until something relevant comes up (Kovy signing!), lets BS about random, puck-based stuff.
So, the Flyers Capitals are really going through with the whole “nah, we’re good on a goalie” thing? To those fans who keep saying Varlamov will get better and will be able to get it done, I ask you – why are you okay with rebuilding at one position? Do it everywhere or nowhere. The rest of your team is ready now. Actually, it’s been ready for two years, both of which you’ve squandered by accepting mediocrity in net.
Fine, Varlamov is going to be great some day. So let him back up til that day. Or trade the potential he (or Neuvirth) has for a decent defender, and sign one of the million quality goaltenders looking for work. Y’know, so you can try and win that Cup thingy. This team is ready, if they’d just adresss their very few weaknesses. If you don’t, you risk becoming the Flyers.
Do you want Mike Modano to come to your team? As in, a guy playing the role of third line checker with a goal scorer’s body and a good amount of gray in his beard? Probably not right? Yet for some reason, I can see it working under Babcock in Detroit. And only there.
Follow this link to read borderline NHLer Paul Bissonette’s hilarious (though somewhat offensive) tweet-binge about how women aren’t as funny as men. Or as smart.
The tweets remind me of being in a locker room, so you may enjoy them. Raw stuff. Feel free to poke around that site too, it belongs to friend of the blog, Callum McCarthy.
SPORTS WRITING: As many of you are aware, my favourite sportswriter is Bill Simmons (though, oddly, that’s been waning a bit of late – undoubtedly something to do with him just making podcasts and retro-diaries, AKA lazy stuff). It’s hard to write 5,000-8,000 words coherently, and this guy composes clear arguments that seem to span the length of entire books. Unfortunately, Bill rarely covers hockey.
Between Simmons and my favourite hockey writer is a guy who acts as a nice segueway for me here, Bruce Arthur. I’m a new reader and twitter follower, but from what I’ve taken in thus far, he’s kinda half-hockey half-basketball. There’s some clever bite in his writing, and the guy seems like a good thinker.
And, as I’ve also mentioned before, my colleague (and general superior) Greg Wyshynski makes the grade as my favourite hockey writer. Of course, I’m far too involved in hockey to agree with everything anyone says (like I do with Simmons on basketball), but 96.75% of the time, I can get on Greg’s page. He’s fair, funny, knows WAY too much about players, teams and history, and writes well. Best of all, he doesn’t take the sport too seriously, like, say, every single writer from the Toronto area.
Today’s post on free agency is great, and includes a line from agents (about their players) that Islanders fans can choke on: “The money was pretty much the same everywhere. Guys were just deciding on where they wanted to play the most,” said one agent. Hey Isles, nobody’s choosing you for your low house prices and Cup-winning potential. Might have to go a bit above and beyond matching offers these days.
I’m convinced Steve Yzerman is gonna be a rockin’ GM. The Teddy Purcell signing was a nice way to get a good player in on a low salary, something he’s going to have to do since three of his players make something like a combined $25 million.
The Hockey Greats Fantasy Camp is almost full. We’re down to about a half-dozen available spots – email me at email@example.com if you’d like to inquire… it’s a once-in-a-lifetime summer vacation. And when I say that, I don’t just do it as a pitch – I never try to sell my readers a damn thing, am I right? My name is on this camp, and I’m proud of it. We see more tears and hugs on the final day than I ever thought possible. I’d love to have some more readers there (we already have two!)
Happy Humpday. Hope it’s a doozy!