The Most Interesting Men In The NHLShareThis
First things first: My latest USA Today bit – basically, media members complain about cliches, but go holier-than-thou when Burrish says he hates Pronger, or Kane says he loves cabbies. Don’t beat the fun out of guys (or cabbies).
Good morning! Let’s start by talking about an imaginary trade. Yay!
The rumour that was mentioned yesterday was Spezza to Columbus for their fourth overall pick and Brassard, which I hadn’t heard.
If that were to be true (and there’s already an “it’s not” comment following it up, but lets bat it around because it’s June), I could understand it.
The fourth overall pick is probably going to be a good one, but picks are never a lock to pan out. There’s plenty of stories about NHL busts. So if you can turn that pick and a good player into one of the top forwards in the league, Columbus could justify getting that aggressive. Especially since they’d like to be good sooner than later.
And, it would make sense for Ottawa. You’re not going to get a better return on the goofy-faced Spezza than that, and while it’s a gamble, you never know – there’s plenty of successful 4th overall picks, too. That’s part of the fun of trading for draft picks.
So who knows. The best part of debating that imaginary (and unlikely) trade, is it brings me to this point I wanted to make:
Individual players sell more tickets than teams.
If you’re Columbus, having two heavyweight stars for your fans to enjoy night in, night out takes the pressure off the usual ”if we’re not winning this isn’t fun to watch” mindset. At least it buys you some time and shows you care about the fans. I know it’s part of the reason I didn’t wanna go to Coyotes games (like, at all) when I first moved here. Who was I going to watch? Hate to break it to you Coyote loyalists, but Doaner isn’t exactly a thrill-a-shift.
Aw, man, you see that? He just totally worked hard, finished his check and kept his stick in passing lanes! How fundamentally sound CAN YOU BE?!?
Of all the teams I saw here this year (seven or eight?), Pavel Datsyuk stood out the most – can’t wait to watch him the next time he’s back in town. I WILL be in the building.
I don’t want to watch the Buffalo Sabres, a team that wins without a star (Vanek is slo-mo ’til he gets a chance).
I’m just not entertained by quality team play.
I tweeted this last night, but it’s an awesome question: Who are the most interesting people in the NHL? Who is it that, when they talk, you listen? Who’s got personality, who do you always want to know what they’re up to?
So far I’ve got: Brian Burke, Patrick Kane, Chris Pronger, Adam Burrish (yes, he’s that good of a quote machine already), Sean Avery, and Alex Ovechkin.
Twitter responses included Ilya “what is love” Bryzgalov, Alex Kovalev, Ryan Kesler, and actually, Avery. I missed him at first, but he’s a must-include.
To quote PTI…. who ya got?
Yesterday the Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled their old new jerseys, and announced Dion Phaneuf as their captain. And I liked it all.
First off, you can’t EVER change the Leafs jersey, or folks in Toronto would revolt. Fans of that franchise have a crazy sense of grandeur and history, which is somewhat insane, since they haven’t won a Cup in well over four decades. And don’t get me wrong, I’ll say it with pride - I like the Toronto Maple Leafs. But god help us all if they ever win another cup. That city will become insufferable.
Ahem, anyway. They jersey’s are nice, in that they look like all their older, also nice ones.
As for Phaneuf, you can’t deny he’s the right choice for captain, and that team needs one. I thought his “speech” was HORRRRRRIBLE though. It reminded me so much of the Tiger Woods “prepared statement”, only Phaneuf looked far more guilty than Tiger. It looked like he didn’t think he deserved to be captain or something. C’mon Dion, embrace it!
You’re officially Captain Maple Leaf.