Praise For Comeau, Other RamblingsShareThis
NEW PUCK DADDY: The vulgar world between whistles.
Let’s start the week off right:
I was creeping through a friend’s profile pics on facebook, and found this gem. Yeah.
Annnnnd we’re off!
I won’t be FJM’ing Lambert’s links today, cause I don’t wanna run that gimmick into the ground too quickly, and I’m starting the week on a Tuesday (sorry). That said, yesterday’s was great, so go check it out here. My Puck Daddy column from Friday was basically “You’re team is 1-0? Go crazy.” It’s here.
For those who want to tune in, tomorrow I’m on HNIC radio at 5:30 pm EST for 25 minutes or so, should be fun. (CBC Sports – Sirius Satellite Channel 97 and 127)
Many people predicted SNL’s new impressionist, Jay Pharoah, would blow up quick as soon as he got the chance to showcase his stuff this season. His Denzel from Saturday was so bang-on… I mean, just watch. You have to watch (“you knew what color it was when you brought it home.”). My only tiny fear is that every skit he’s in is going to die like the last one – a few minutes to showcase how great he is, then a story that fizzles. But whatever. He’s awesome.
Hoptober Golden Ale, by New Belgium. I generally don’t like hoppy beer, but found this one to be deeee-ricious. Getcher self some.
So, the New York Islanders beat the New York Rangers (ha!) 6-4 yesterday in a matinee game. A game in which they trailed 4-3 with seven minutes to go in the third period, and were without Streit, Okposo, and Tavares.
I simply could not have been more impressed with Josh Bailey or Blake Comeau.
I’ve said this before about Blake: When we used to skate together in the summers, and he was near the end of his junior career (and in his AHL days) I was always super-impressed with his talent level. I mean really, in a game with Dany Heatley, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber and more, I always thought Blake had the best hands.
So when we were both at Islanders camp and Blake was out there hitting as a priority, I wasn’t sure what to think. Basically, I figured he was foregoing a chance to be a top six skill guy in the league by trying to make the sacrifice, become a grinder, and get into the league early.
Well, nobody in the history of hockey walked into a better situation for getting to use and develop their skills - he started playing for the Isles right when they were having a ton of injuries and had a bad team, so he got a lot of minutes early (I know a player drafted by Detroit in the past ten years who was a great player, but never made the team cause there’s never an open spots). And over the past few seasons, he’s been given the time and opportunity to develop slowly, so he’s going to be able to go from grinder to skill player.
He looked like a top six forward to me yesterday, I can tell you that much. If he can continue to use some of that physical play with his offensive contributions, he’ll be a hell of an asset for the Isles. Impressive.
Blake will be doing an interview with me for Puck Daddy this week – my intent is to not ask specific questions like a real reporter anymore, but to just generally BS about the life of an NHLer, the way my columns tend to do.
Okay, that was a lot of praise for one player in one post, so I’ll touch on Josh Bailey tomorrow – just know for now that I think Bailey could be not just a good player, but an NHL all-star someday. Looks incredible so far this year.
As for our boy James Winiewski…. too bad he was such a buffoon last game, cause I’d love to praise his play too. Check out my column today for Puck Daddy, about On-Ice Taunting.
Hope things are going well for everyone – it’s just another 88 degree October day here. …maybe I’ll go swimming….
Before I sign off, here’s three pictures of my cat when he’s not on his back, just so you know he can, believe it or not, walk: