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It’s time to revisit an old feature, the FJM’ing of Lambert’s Links. Fun stuff.
Today we revisit it because he takes a shot at me, which is kinda fun. I picked the Red Wings to finish 2nd in their division and fourth in the conference, and for that, I got harpooned.
I’d defend myself, if it weren’t for this one awful reality: I picked Chicago to finish ahead of Detroit, both in the division and conference. The other team? San Jose. Sigh….. ah well.
Without any further ado…..
FJM’ing Lambert’s Links – Check it out in it’s original format with pics and videos here.
What We Learned
Lambert, I figured you of all people would’ve declared a moratorium on Andy Sutton Expert Jokes by now. But to the larger point: Sutton is playing like Andy Sutton again. It was bizarre when he wasn’t.
Yeah he is, and it’s gonna be like the CC Sabathia contract – worth it for a few years, then funny, because they’re both overweight guys who’ll probably try a little less hard to stay fit when they get Paid. And I don’t think a less fit Dustin Byfuglien on D will not be worth millions of dollars per year.
Boston Bruins: Know what a good captain does after a tough OT loss to his team’s top rival, with the division lead on the line, and in which he was on the ice for all three goals against and got a 10-minute misconduct after it ended? Not talk to the media. Good work, Zdeno Chara. That’s leadership.
That’s interesting, and sort of out of character for him. Not talking to the media is weird if it’s about the game, and not about having some problem with the media. They doesn’t say you can’t be pissed about the game while you do your interview or anything, so stand there and be pissed.
Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are slowly improving, and they couldn’t be happier. “It’s huge, not only to cap off our first big road trip, and also we’re back at .500 here,” said Drew Stafford(notes), who is unaware that being 18-18-5 makes you five games under .500.
…..I guess this is a Niagara Falls reference? Man is that bad.
Calgary Flames: The Flames’ senior players are aware of the possibility they may get traded in the near future as the team considers a rebuild, but you can probably bet no one even remotely good gets shipped outta town this season, because they’re still operating under the laughable belief that they can make the playoffs.
Yeah, that is pretty laughable. Look at the West Conference standings and try to figure out who’s not gonna make it. When you play that game, Columbus appears to have zero hope.
If a guy plays d in the forest and nobody’s around to see it, did it ever happen? Tell ya what – I’ll watch some of a Carolina game in the next few days and check him out, glad to hear they have somebody of interest aside from Staal.
That is….I figure at some point, the Stanley Cup hangover is over, they’ll be back in game shape, remember how hard it is to win, and bear down. I expect a solid second half from these clowns. Also, Turco is ba-rutal.
Colorado Avalanche: The Avs scored twice in the opening 1:47 against the Islanders on Saturday, but then gave up three unanswered (all on the power play) before scoring with four seconds to go in regulation, then losing in overtime. Said Craig Anderson(notes) of the game-winner: “From what (backup goalie Peter Budaj(notes)) said, it hit our guy, off the crossbar and in. Not much you can do about that.” No word yet on what you can do about the other three.
Sad reality for my boy Nathan Lawson on Long Island: at his age, it’s a “you only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow” type situation, so here’s to hoping he kills it. Sounds like DP is going to be out awhile, so I’m sure he’ll get a few shots during his time with the Isles.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Break out the tissues for Scott Arniell again. “Boooooo hooooo Rick Nash gets so many penalties that go uncalled this is the worst league. *stamps feet, crosses arms* They need to give him star treatment too this is sooooo unfair ughhh.” This is at least the 400th time this season he’s given that exact speech.
Rick Nash is awesome, I need him to play somewhere that he can have an effect on the NHL season, and NHL history.
I’m too lazy to post it, so go read Lambert’s original article. But it inspired today’s column by some guy name Me, so check that out at USA Today.com when it posts in an hour or two.
Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings like where they’re at through 41 games. “We had a lot of people not picking us to do well,” Todd Bertuzzi(notes) said, “and I think that’s motivation for this team.” Fun fact: Exactly one moron on the Puck Daddy staff (coughJustinBournecough) picked someone other than Detroit to win the division or finish outside the top 3 in the West. What is Bert talking about? Hell, what was BOURNE talking about?
Hey, they finished 5th last year, Lidstrom was turning 41, the crew around Dats and Zetter aren’t that lovable (Helm/Abdelkaber/the corpse of Todd Bertuzzi etc), but I still figured they’d be good – 2nd in division 4th in conference isn’t exactly calling them dogs.
The bigger question is: WTF, San Jose? The smaller question is: fuck you, Lambert.
By far the most fun shitty team in the league to watch. Fans of other bad teams should be jealous of this bad team. And I hate the Oilers.
Not sure what Tallon is cooking up with this team, but right now they appear to be in absolute shambles.
Los Angeles Kings: Now that Jack Johnson(notes) is locked up for seven years at ridiculous money, Drew Doughty’s(notes) gonna get bags of money dropped on his house from those planes that put out forest fires.
I thought that was funny.
If you had to guess a team’s payroll in under five seconds (NEWYORKISLANDERS, GO! Umm, 80 bucks?), I would miss the Wild’s on the low side by at least ten million dollars. I cannot believe they’re a spend-to-the-cap team. They’re Leafs-like, only not as awful.
Again, go to the original piece for videos (link at top). The Canadiens should trade for Zuccarello to keep the height jokes running strong.
It was Montreal’s first win of the year when they entered the third period with a deficit.
Hell of a road trip. Non-Nashville fans: Name six players on the Predators. I say six, cause I think five are easy. After that it can be a challenge. Yet they keep doin’ it.
New Jersey Devils: Marty Brodeur got his first start in eight days yesterday. Jacques Lemaire said he was on the right track. That’s because, by not playing, he could not continue to allow his GAA to balloon past 4.00.
Never in the history of me following hockey do I remember a team so widely picked to contend for the Cup be this bad. I mean, historically bad – someone tweeted something about them being on pace for the lowest goals scored total since like, the expansion Thrashers inaugural year or something. Whatever the tweet was, this team is just so bad, even before you compare it to expectations.
New York Islanders: Rick DiPietro didn’t play this weekend because he was in New York being evaluated by doctors. Shockingly, they now think his groin injury is somewhat serious. If you can believe it.
And I can. Whatever.
New York Rangers: The Rangers won a shootout against Dallas on Friday, and it let me find out a wonderful stat.
Especially bizarre when you think of guys like Gaborik and Frolov.
Ottawa Senators: A rumor I very, very badly hope is true: Pierre McGuire could be the next Sens GM. Not only would it be hilarious from an organizational standpoint, but it would also get him off TSN for a while. Win-win. Unless you’re a Sens fan.
I honestly don’t think a guy like him would do poorly, especially off the hop. Eager to prove he can do it, he’d work super-hard. And he’s watched a ton of hockey. Half that stuff is luck anyway, so I’m sure he’d start out fine.
As for long-term, well, I think it could get ugly. But it’s not like he’d take over and the team would implode.
So, so frustrating. I really feel bad for Flyers fans that they’ve wasted a decade of great teams. Except that I don’t, because I don’t really like any Philly sports teams.
The Coyotes division is pure madness. Tied for last, one point out of third, three out of second.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sid Crosby is doing nothing to dispel the notion that he will whine at the slightest provocation. Still bitching about the Steckel and Hedman hits. He shutting it down until he’s symptom-free.
Yeah, cause Sid brought that up unprovoked right? He was asked a question and answered it with his opinion. What a bitch. Also, could you dim the lights for him? Thanks, he has an actual concussion from really being hit in the head.
Oh he’s on the Sharks? Ohhhh.
I think of Down Goes Brown and Bloge Salming every time someone shoots it in their own net now, which is awesome.
This is a massive loss for the Blues, they need him. He’s one of the reasons this team is sneaky good – look out if they get a decent seed in playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning: When Steve Yzerman took over as GM, he said fans could expect a slow but steady rebuild. Instead, the Bolts are 2nd in the Eastern Conference. So what gives? “There are nights where I go home and think, “You know, we’ve got a real good team here,’” Yzerman says. “And then you lose 8-1 and you wonder, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing?’”
Yzerman is smart, composed, and reasonable. You can’t eff up too badly, ever, with those qualities.
Now THAT’S a stat. That’s one you know without looking at the scoresheet as you take your gear off at the end of the night.
Haha, beauty quote. His off-the-end-boards pass on Howard’s “save of the week” (also in original article) is mind-bogglingly good.
Washington Capitals: Beauty, vintage Ovechkin goal.
Yep, totally agree wtih the comment below. Dude’s about to get 10 in 6 games or something.
He’s gonna be doing a lot more of that in the near future, I figure.