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You Know Me, I Ramble: Shoes, Playing Styles, Flyers



I made my picks for Puck Daddy today, and already changed my mind since yesterday.  I’m ramping my pick up to Chicago in Five, as opposed to yesterday’s prediction of “in six“.  So go me.


I used to forget my dress shoes on road trips constantly. 

You’ve got a million things to remember to bring.  Running shoes, shower sandals, going out shoes, dress shoes…. skates….  it was too much for my tiny mind to remember, and I didn’t have a BlackBerry to function as my head then.  God I would’ve been a better student-athlete/hockey-player with a BlackBerry (and by “better student” I mean “would’ve read twitter all day and never listened”)

Anyways, I never remembered the dress shoes unless we travelled in suits, which was about 70% of the time.  In that case, I’d forget running shoes.

But it’s amazing how impossible it is to track down dress shoes once you’re on the road.  First, nobody brings extra ones.  Second, I’m a size 12, which rules out a fair number of shoes.  Third, shoes are effing expensive.  Fourth, you never have free time.  I could go on all day.

So basically, I was the tit walking around with what some people NOW MISTAKE FOR STYLE, and was wearing my New Balance’s with my discount suit I bought from a sponsor.  It was horribly embarrassing, and worse, was always a hefty fine.  The fun part is, it was always someone if not me, so I loved when the “shoe was on the other foot”. (Clever Bourne, real f***in’ clever)


Some people are hockey players, and some people are built to play hockey (Travis Moen would be the latter). 

What I mean is, some people have a feel for the game, and instincts that let them move within the flow of the action (Jonathan Toews).  Some people, and there are a number of them in the NHL, are men that are effing huge and skate like the wind.  For them, the “game” of hockey is of secondary importance – and this isn’t a beak or a bad thing – it’s just a different type of human.

These man-beasts have such god-given gifts (I’m not talking about handsy guys here) that they couldn’t have missed the NHL if they tried (okay, Moen was a bad example).  If you’re a good skater and a huge body, you can always find a few effective things to do.  You’re immediately tough to play.

I NAILED it with Lucic. Thought of him after....

I’m trying to think of examples and could use a little help.  Do you know what I mean?  Guys that have value because they overpower the game instead of playing it?  Jason Arnott?  Could, say a Ryan Kesler have missed the NHL at that size and speed, even if he was offenseively useless?  David Backes?  It doesn’t have to be grinders – Dany Heatley is frickin’ huge with a bomb slapper and skates better than you think.  First time I skated with him I was bummed, because I thought “no matter how much I lift, eat, and skate, I’ll never have those tools to work with”.

I’m looking for names of a few guys that couldn’t have missed the NHL if they used the wrong end of their stick.


I’m sure he’s a great guy and all, but I sports hate the shit out of Mark Messier.  Like, with all of my sports heart.  Oilers and Rangers?  Burn in a (sports) fire.


From about seven weeks ago (before playoffs started) I have this note saved in my phone: “Philly has had to be in playoff mode for the  last couple weeks of the season to make playoffs.  This will benefit them early in ploffs, but kill them later”

Soooo, take that for what it’s worth.  How long can you keep that nose to the grindstone before you hit skull? (Annnd there’s your horrible imagery for the day.)


Anytime you hype a guy up as being the edgy/cool guy on a show, it’s tough to actually be that.  I’m so weired out everytime The Daily Line hypes up Reese as the guy who “crosses the line”.  I can imagine that everyone says their piece on a topic, then looks to Reese for the big zinger.  God that must be awful.


Let the record show that I love that my blog gets me involved in product/promotional emails from companies.  MLX is a new company that’s sending me skates to demo.  So I’ve got that goin’ for me.  I’ll follow up on that next week sometime. 


It’s Follow Friday on Twitter.  Any good recommendations?

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20 Responses to “You Know Me, I Ramble: Shoes, Playing Styles, Flyers”
  1. Jordan says:

    Ooh, ooh..pick me, pick me. @jordanellel…and more importantly @fiveforhowling

    Great stuff as always Justin. I just don’t see the Flyers getting pushed over as easily as everyone else. Neither team has truly great goaltending and both teams are incredibly deep at forward and defense. I think it’s going the distance…not sure who wins, but that’s my gut feeling.

  2. paul says:

    Guy with size and speed who couldn’t miss…David Legwand.

  3. djimass says:

    Does Kovalev qualify? The man is so strong and so gifted, he could have made the NHL in his sleep. Now if we start talking desire, he’s nowhere near this comment.

  4. Jarick says:

    Congrats on the MLX’s!

  5. TopShelfTony says:

    I’m saying Philly in 6.

    Couldn’t miss? Eric Daze What a shame his back killed his career but that happens a lot with big guys.

    Hit skull? Doubt that would slow Mike Richards down. He will be the difference in the series.

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  6. Jeff says:

    Ben Eager (former PHX 1st round pick) is a perfect example. HUGE, can absolutely fly. No way he misses becoming a pro hockey player.

  7. Cassie says:

    I had Chicago in five myself, until I remembered that Hossa’s playing for Chicago. So now I’m going with Philly in seven. That Hossa Hex is pretty powerful stuff, after all.

    And I have to agree – I also sports-hate Messier. I just want to smack him whenever I see him on tv, but that’d probably make him cry. And I hate making grown men cry. ;o)

    Oh, by the way, I’m @dagmar27, my blog is @RawCharge. And @dailysu is a great source for WHL stuff.

  8. Anna S. says:


    I’m sorry, was I supposed to have coherent thoughts? Okay then. Chi-town in six. Yes it’s safe. Yes it’s the easy pick. Yes, I believe it, especially after a whole lot of people seem to have jumped on the Philly bandwagon in the past few days.

  9. Hooks Orpik says:

    “I’m looking for names of a few guys that couldn’t have missed the NHL if they used the wrong end of their stick.”

    3/4′s of Henry Staal’s gene pool.

    (Sorry Jared)

  10. Char says:

    Lucic trivia: He was once invited to try out for the Canadian national team in a sport other than hockey. Name the sport.

    I follow Joffrey Lupul on Twitter. He’s hilarious.

  11. RewskiUVA says:

    Couldn’t miss: Chara? does he count? I think he DOES use the wrong end of his stick sometimes.

  12. mikeB says:

    Char: Im going with greco-roman wrestling.

    No idea why but thats what I’m going with.

    Couldn’t miss:
    Evander Kane?, Corey Perry (more of a handsy guy but is pretty big), Getzlaf

    As hard as I try I can’t think of a European player. Sami Pahlsson maybe?

  13. Char says:

    Good guess, mikeB, but it’s rugby.

    I don’t think Chara counts, because from what I’ve heard, he had to work his ass off to make himself a good player. I think Justin’s referring to guys who have the size, strength AND natural talent?

  14. Jeff says:

    Corey Perry shouldn’t count, he was an absolutely TERRIBLE skater in junior. Worked his ass off and how he is pretty decent. His hands have always been otherworldly, though.

    I find a lot of speedy 4th line goon/grinders fit this mold. Eager, Shawn Thornton, Asham, guys who are huge and can skate (and in Asham’s case, have absolute howie’s) will ALWAYS have a home in the NHL. Even if they handle the puck like turds.

  15. MattyJ says:

    Give some goalie love. Two guys that could not have missed the NHL if they tried were Dominick Hasek and Sean Burke.

    Neither of them did anything that resembled playing hockey yet we all still know their names after all this time.

  16. jtbourne says:

    Mattyj, love that call. Actually, I love this thread. I articulated my point like Porky Pig and you guys nailed it.

  17. Megan says:

    I sports hate Messier too, I think a lot of other people do too.

  18. Maria says:

    Justin AGAIN with the Lucic…hahah hes the man I know you secretly deep down sports love him lots :) hahha. he seriously has to be one of those cant miss cause sometimes hes on the ice and he looks like an ogre on skates with no idea what this piece of composite(? hahha) in his hand is for…but im still a big fan! hahah

  19. Josh says:

    How about Eric Lindros for someone who overpowered the game (or at least tried to) instead of actually playing it?

  20. Frank Rekas( says:

    Justin: Going wth the Hawks in six, or less. While I think it’s a great series, I see the Hawks on top.

    Agree with the Messier thing!

    Follow me @TheRatTrick.


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