San Jose Poaches Wellwood (Mmm…Eggs), Jiggs Move InShareThis
New Puck Daddy: on getting cute with the puck, featuring a goal by Mattias Tendenby, and a turnover by Ilya Kovalchuk
Oh, and from yesterday….
The Hockey News: me once again railing about “shoot from everywhere” being stupid - it actually relates nicely to today’s PD piece, in that it leads to a point - if guys need to shoot less and wait for better scoring chances in today’s NHL, then guys who are good at “getting cute” have more value.
Okay, should I drop the Jiggs pictures on you now, or wait? Let’s start with one, then some hockey, then a few more. Lots to discuss today.
I give you…. JIGGS!
Dude is a maniac. Got his paw inexplicably stuck in chair thingy, wedged it in so good I had to pry it out.
So, the St. Louis Blues acquired Kyle Wellwood from wherever the hell he was, and as is protocol, they had to run him through waivers first. San Jose picked him up, and now St. Louis gets a kick in the nads, and the Sharks get a hockey player.
Whatever the reason is for teams to do this to STL, whether it’s to fortify their own rosters or keep St. Louis’ depleted, it’s stupid that it can happen.
First off, offer sheets are a taboo in the league, but this isn’t? I realize the guy isn’t officially on the first team that claims him (as the offer sheeted player is), but how silly is it that the other teams can sit back and poach a player nobody wanted until they did?
The best idea we cooked up on twitter (we being friend of the blog, Kennedy aka @skennedy39) is that that the NHL should make the new team, in this case San Jose, at least have to pay, say, 5% more than St. Louis was going to (the minimum). And then you offer St. Louis the chance to re-raise on that another 5%, so that the team who’s serious enough about wanting the player can still attain him, and the guy getting signed gets what he deserves. If multiple people want you, you earn more money, that’s the supply and demand of sports.
When this shit happens, I can’t help but think of whoever the call-up 4th liner on the Blues is, who’s making three grand EVERY DAY he’s on an NHL roster (where he probably makes $70k in the AHL), so he’s on a roller coaster.
We acquired Wellwood? Fak. Back to the minors.
The Sharks claimed him?!
And then he celebrates like PK Subban after an overtime winner (which I loved, by the way. Sick wrister, sick celly). And of course, the reverse is going on over in San Jose.
The Sharks making some changes, hey? And good on ‘em. If you suck, somethings gotta give.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve gotta say about that, it just seems ridiculous that it can happen. And while we’re talking SJ, check out this pic I took of a dude with a chopper and a Sharks tattoo….think he’s a fan?
In other news, there were rumours Crosby might hold out of the all-star game because he’s bitter about head shots. Turns out it was just complete speculation from one slightly convoluted “opinion piece” by David Shoalts.
The reason I knew that wouldn’t happen and immediately shook my head at the rumour: Crosby doesn’t make waves, he avoids them. This would be completely unprecedented. And if there’s anything we’ve come to expect from Sid, it’s same ‘ol same ‘ol, evvvverrrryyyday.
If you like twitter and sports, I recommend checking out the website www.quickish.com – it’s like twitter, only you don’t participate. Basically, it’s a sports news aggregator that provides links to stories and quotes of interest around all the major sports and college leagues. It doesn’t have a ton of hockey, but it’s branched out into “some” since launching I think a week ago.
The NHL All-Star game captains have been named: Eric Staal and Nick Lidstrom.
So now they’ll flip a coin and start picking players – I’m really excited about that part, but not the captains, just because they’re a couple of guys who say the right things, and are in general polite dudes. I was hoping for a little more chaos than I expect out of those two, but still, excited to watch the whole thing go down.
And for the finale….let’s get Jiggy with it:
Have a solid Tuesday folks, see ya tomorrow.