Crazy Busy Off-Season Week in NHL NewsShareThis
The hockey world is aflame this week, with trades, hirings, firings, awards, HOF inductions, drafts and free agency providing us with more news that we’d get during a regular season week. And like you, I’m quite enjoying it.
Speaking of enjoying, if you haven’t seen the Bobby Ryan/Ryan Getzlaf (a potentially great Wheel of Fortune “before and after” question) skit, give it a gander. It’s the perfect example of how the NHL can show it’s fans what it’s players are really like.
As opposed to NFL players, who are like “CHECK OUT MY PERSONALITY ISN’T IT AWESOME” *beating a fan over the head with bowling pin*, NHL players tend to be more ”Nono, that suit looks great man, nice pocket square” *laced with evil*.
Okay, the major topics.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS
What, you mean you don’t put Dino Ciccarelli above Pavel Bure, Doug Gilmour or Joe Nieuwendyk?
Okay, me neither. Full disclosure: I thought Ciccarelli was a tough guy. As in, had NO IDEA he was ever an offensive presence. So that might be a bit of a red flag on his HOF selection (or a red flag on my knowledge of NHL history, I dunno).
I will say this – in the “Builders” category, the only times I’ve heard the name “Jimmy Devellano” from my Dad and his cohorts is to say amazing, amazing things about how he doesn’t get enough recognition. So there ya go, that convo is over.
Nathan Horton apparently wanted out of Florida, who obliged him by bending over and taking it up the tailpipe, as Jim Carrey put it in Liar Liar. Boston is suddenly, um, scary.
By the time they get through the draft with Seguin and some other potential-packed young bucks, AND maybe make another move or two for help right now…. Look out, the East is starting to look deep like the West. Who are you gonna pick to finish first next year: Washington? Pittsburgh? Philly? Boston? New Jersey? Buffa….no.
Dustin Byfuglien got moved somewhere that’ll please his detractors, Atlanta. It’ll please them, you see, because they’ll rarely have to watch him play. Probably no playoffs, not much coverage; he just evaporated into Atlanta’s mainstream obscurity, where he’ll work alongside Kane and Toews Peverly and Antropov, and try to build a playoff team in the next few years. Y’know, after winning a Cup. Two words: ouch. ….ouch.
What a great. trade. by Chicago. They addressed the cap situation, got some picks to ensure that their success is sustainable, and frankly, only moved one important piece. And for Atlanta, they get help now, which they desperately need.
But for Hawks fans, you’re not out of the woods yet (and you’re already down the guy you obsessed over this past season). There’s still at least one more shocker coming, and we’re allll pumped to see who it’s gonna be. If the rumours are any indication, Ladd could be the next to go.
Pat Quinn has politely been asked to step to the side to make way for Tom Renney in Edmonton, who’s officially been given the keys to the Yugo that is the Oilers. It’s the right move, unfortunately. Quinn is a great guy, and was a great coach, but the times, they are a-changin’.
The “new” NHL involves far more pandering to personalities and offense than it did at Quinn’s peak, where the focus was on bear-hugging your opponent and and using the 1-0-4 neutral zone defense (also, some of the focus was on convincing your goaltender that it’s acceptable to go down). For a young team like the Oil who’ll be drafting a young star tomorrow, they needed a younger coach.
I’m upset at ZERO of the selections, wonderfully done this year.
Henrik Sedin scored 112 points. When his brother was down, he picked his team up. He made plays with such vision and speed that I completely forgot to make fun of his zombie-like appearance. He was just a terror and neither Sid nor Ovy – who both had great years – could claim that they were better than him in the 09-10 season. I’m happy for Henrik.
Datsyuk owns the Selke, for this stat alone: he went 30 games without a penalty, and led the league in takeaways. How. is that. possible? You can only trick a guy with the stick-lift so many times…. or so I thought.
Keith took home the Norris, because, um, he was the best defenseman this year. Doughty may be a lock to win a couple in his career, and he may have been spectacular this year, but he didn’t get “there” yet. Oh, and Duncan? Your speech was a trainwreck.
All in all, I thought the awards show was great. People encouraged me to watch just to see how awful they are, but…. they weren’t. Then again, I usually like Jay Mohr (I like somewhat corny stuff), and I like any forced attempt at comedy, funny or not (hence my LOVE of stand-up comedy). If it wasn’t for the effing awful bands that played, it would’ve been entirely entertaining.
I mean holy shit, the Goo Goo Dolls? What the eff. (Bad music makes me swear)
The reality of trying to play professional hockey is, there’s always some young kid on the come-up about to take your spot. The only solution, for me anyway, was to tune it all out. Like, seriously – I never watched or listened to any story that pertained to young guns. Now that I’m a writer, that has to change I suppose.
For me, the draft will be fun to watch for two reasons: trades, and to mock super-young nervous kids. I still didn’t pay much attention to the young guys this past year. Thus, like most of you, I know next to nothing about junior hockey/European/college players except for what I’ve read, soooo, whatever.
But I will be live-chatting about it from like, 1pm to 7:30pm tomorrow with Yahoo’s Puck Daddy. Expect awesome insight on players suits and their nervous ticks.
The Isles are about to shock the world by signing Kovalchuk, Gonchar, and James. As in, Lebron. I’m sticking to my guns on that, and it’s going to be epic. And we’re trading DiPietro to Vancouver to back up Luongo, and getting the Sedins and Kesler in return. Awesome.
ENTOURAGE is back with some new episodes soon. Yes, and also, yesss. I’ve missed Ari.
UPDATE: Ohmigod – as one of the nine fans serious enough to own box sets of the show, I can’t believe I didn’t mention the return of FUTURAMA tonight! Weeeee!
Let’s talk puck. What’s on your mind?
SEE YOU IN THE WORLD SERIES, BEAR.
Oh, and BTW – how about Isner/Mahut? Damn.