Kirilly Being an Idiot, Turnovers From Gretzky’s OfficeShareThis
Didja hear? Kirill Kabanov is on punishment number two with the Isles.
He was late for a second time in the young not-yet-started season, and received the mandatory “extra conditioning” after practice. And by mandatory, I mean they were like “well shit, now what do we do with the kid?,” and weren’t creative enough to think of anything other than the ‘ol fail-safe bag skate.
You know who has a GREAT idea? Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank, who did something awesome today, and pretty much called out the team. I agreed with his general tone, which was: Send the kid home. He’s 18. He’s not ready for the NHL yet anyway. So you deny him a few precious days of “experience” that he clearly doesn’t give a fuck about anyway. He’s denying himself the privelege of gaining that experience.
It’s not a “giving up on a kid” move, it’s a reality check. It says character matters to your team. The biggest part of This Guy’s (his name, henceforth?) development is going to be getting through the message that he’s not above the rules. He’s not above anything.
Kid sleeps in and misses his alarm on the first day of NHL camp, I don’t even know what to say about that. I have no idea how it happens, but let’s just say it was an innocent mistake (fuck’s sake, I would’ve slept in full gear had they let me take it home).
But a second time in ten days? Do you have any idea what kind of Rube Goldberg device I’d have hooked up in my room to make sure it didn’t happen again?
As was (I think) subtly implied in Botta’s article, there’s more going on there than a couple innocent sleep-ins. The kid is going out at night (and that’s the me-saying-”SPADE” portion of today’s entry). Again, if I’m picking up any cues from Botta, and from my own I’ve-been-there-ness, the longer he’s there, the more he drags out other young players with him at night, the bigger problems he causes.
I love that the Isles drafted him. It’s a home run swing from an often too-cautious organization. I hope the kid becomes a STUD. But it’s probably time to show who’s in charge.
(Grrr, that’s my tough-guy strict-parent face.)
You know what coaches LOATHE that most announcers and fans love? When a player on offense chucks the puck out from behind the net to the front, hoping somebody is there.
It’s the most celebrated turnover in hockey.
*GASP (says the crowd)
The blind, no look, “maybe if I push the puck into that rugby scrum it’ll find my guys blade and I’ll look like I’ve got Gretzky vision.”
I’m not exempt from this scorn - I was a big advocate of the prayer (ECHL All-Star Game 2008, I looked like I would be a great linemate to have after one worked out), but it’s really just not that great a play, as a number of my benchings go to show.
If you aren’t looking, and don’t have a clean blade to find out front, just hang on to it. See that picture of Wayne-o? He didn’t exactly rush that pass (then again, back then they just let you hang out back there, but still…. he waited for an open blade) so much so that they named it his office.
Let’s not celebrate that prayer pass so much, if only for the fact that coaches (who tend to know stuff about things, as a general rule) hate it.
Go to Deadspin today and read all the new FJM’s for the one-day reunion of Ken Tremendous, dak and Junior. It’s AWESOME.
And as always, go to Hockey Primetime for my Midweek Musings, on fitness testing. It should be up soon. Happy Humpday! 10:30 PM rec league game for me. Not cool.