Islanders and Coyotes ThoughtsShareThis
Dad’s observation on hockey coverage, from yesterday: “It’s interesting that between all the hockey analysts on TSN, ESPN, NHL Network, Sportsnet and Headline Sports, not one of them has ever really won – let alone a Cup.” I’m not sure if he’s right about that or not, but I certainly can’t think of one. Kevin Weeks? Ray Ferraro? Mike Milbury? Maybe Bob McKenzie has one?
By the way, I still can’t mention Pierre McGuire’s name without having the other half of the conversation get spitting mad. As my buddy Neil mentioned on here, he’s “polarizing”… only thing is, I’m yet to hear anyone be on any pole other than “that guy’s an idiot”. “You see what Evander Kane’s thinking HERE? He’s thinking ‘I’ve got big Ron Hainsey backing me up, two forwards caught deep, a defenseman that struggles doing an eagle-pivot to the left, and I’m coming down on a goalie with damaged confidence from last weeks shellacking when he got pulled in the second period, so I’m gonna drive it wide and fire it off the back wall so it comes out to my lightning fast linemate streaking on the other side, who’s gonna BURY it.’ How good is this kid, Gord? Only 18 years old. EIGHTEEN!”.
Couple slew-foots in the NHL lately. I hate the f***ing play. How cheap is that? It’s the one-man equivalent of having someone kneel behind a guy and pushing him, only twice as dangerous. That play isn’t regarded with a whole lot of respect in the hockey community, as I’m sure you could’ve guessed. Ovy’s wasn’t that bad (the “borderline slewy” can be tough to gage), but Arthuykykykykyku-e-i-e-i-o-kin’s was.
My Isles, they’re a-strugglin’.
When I watched the highlights, and saw some of the namebars, I was a little less surprised at their struggles. I had been so caught up in their positive names (ie. young guns Tavares/Okposo, supposedly better goaltending in Rolo/Biron, d-man Streit), that I forgot they were occasionally dressing guys like Thompson and Reichlicz.
They have officially given my friends on the team enough “development”. They need Comeau, Tambellini and Neilsen to be good now, not “up-and-comers”, or they’ve wasted their time on them. Tim Jackman has been consistently good, but his “good” is different from those guys I just mentioned, that are supposed to provide some offense. Tim isn’t.
It’s like some of the guys on that team have free passes to be NHLers, and they’re just happy to be there. Not that Bailey won’t be a good NHLer by the time he’s old enough to legally consume alcohol, but would he have played on any other NHL team last year? This year? I keep waiting for somebody to grab an opportunity by the balls and run with it on that team.
And last, after the Coyotes hot start, and me writing an article saying they’d suck, I hadn’t backed down. Then they beat the Bruins. Then they beat the Red Wings. At some point (speaking of cutting losses) I’m going to have to say I was wrong. But I’m just. not. ready yet.
The Coyotes will still miss the playoffs, but instead of 15th, they’re looking at 9th/10th. TSN has them ranked somewhere in the NHL’s top three. Hard to argue – they’ve handed Pittsburgh their only loss, and even their own losses were games they could have won.
So I’m sitting down to do USA Today’s power rankings…. and the boys cracked the top ten. Right now, I’d be an idiot to claim otherwise.
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