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Some bullet points, for no reason other than I had thoughts

June 7, 2012
  • My favourite response to one of my tweets during the playoffs (from the Phoenix-Nashville series)

    If knee-jerk reactions were a competition, the victors would be ranked in this order: 1. Canadiens fans. 2. Canucks fans. 3. Leafs fans.

  • I’m as guilty as anyone of the above, and my reactions to the Therrien hiring were… unenthusiastic. As far as I can see, there are two camps: the vast “this is the worst idea since the Scott Gomez trade” camp, and the “let’s wait and see” camp. There is no “this is a good idea” camp unless you count Michel Therrien’s house. That said, as much as this feels like a terrible idea, and as much as I worry about the concerns of stats geeks as well as stories of players hating their lives while playing under him, I think it’s worth packing up and moving to the “wait and see” camp. After all, most of us get better at our jobs with experience, practice, and time, right? We all learn from (most of) our mistakes and (usually) adapt our thinking, so why not Therrien?
  • Particularly curious to see how Therrien uses Tomas Plekanec. I don’t think I’m equipped to judge Randy Cunneyworth or that whole situation, but I think most of us agree Plekanec’s linemates and minutes this year were grossly mismanaged.
  • Hockey-blogging, talking to stats geeks, and reading about Dave Tippet and Alain Vigneault often has me longing for a coach who talks about zone starts and comes up with statistical methods of evaluating each player after every game, but every once in a while, as a fan, I need to be reminded that I’m a fan, and no amount of watching or reading about hockey is ever going to make me know what I’m talking about. Which is not to say I don’t want that kind of coach, but rather to say… well, let’s wait and see.
  • Here’s a fun game to play if you want to make Canadiens fans cry: Assuming the new CBA comes with an amnesty buyout for each team, and assuming Scott Gomez did not exist or played somewhere else, who would you use it on?
  • Sorry, I can’t hear you, I am too busy sobbing uncontrollably.
  • Over the weekend, I asked a couple of Oilers fans (and some educated fans of other teams) whether they thought the Oilers were really stupid enough to take Ryan Murray first overall, because I honestly don’t believe anyone would be that stupid. Their response was “You don’t follow the Oilers, much, do you?” Yikes.
  • Confession that might get me skewered: I was disappointed that the Kings didn’t win last night. Not because I hate New Jersey or anything, but because I’m finally hockeyed out.
  • If you rag on Ilya Kovalchuk for not producing this series, you should be subjected to his injuries for like five minutes and see how much production comes out of you.
  • Not sure how to throw in my two cents about this without actually talking about it, but it would be nice if bloggers would stop doing things that shame us as a group, and it would also be nice if MSMers would kindly stop doing things that they should be horribly ashamed of and that shame the MSM as a whole. It would also be nice if we could stop self-righteously pointing fingers at each other (she says, somewhat hypocritically).
  • Also, not to be all “where is the love,” but where is the love, these days? I feel like all I see in the hockey internet these days is venom and disdain. People disagree with you. Deal with it. Without implying they’re stupid. /self-righteous preach
  • I promised bullet points for the playoffs and didn’t deliver. I also promised blog posts I’m working on that haven’t surfaced yet. Apologies. Much of the half-written stuff will probably find its way onto this blog during the offseason. In fact, I’m predicting a way more productive offseason for this blog than the regular season was. Got a fun one coming up really soon, one you may like if your sports team has ever made you question your will to live.
  • I don’t know why you’re still reading or following, I really don’t, but please know I’m incredibly grateful that you are.
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2012 11:16 am

    So who were these players “hating their lives playing under him”? So far I have read praise for Therrien from two former Habs, Doug Gilmour and Karl Dykhuis.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      June 7, 2012 11:42 am

      The reason I said “stories” is because I only saw people allude to it in tweets, and Terry Ryan apparently is flipping his shit about it. I feel like it could just be “stories” and nothing more. I couldn’t find a concrete article to link to.

      I think it’s best to wait and see.

      • Doogie2K permalink
        June 8, 2012 1:31 pm

        Terrible hockey player hates his hardass coach? The hell you say!

  2. Randall permalink
    June 7, 2012 11:45 am

    For the buyout, I’d say Kaberle, even including Gomez. I’m not as down on him as others are, but if you figure Diaz and Weber are in the team’s plans, there’s really no room for him unless something severe happens to Markov (a real possibility, unfortunately.) At this point, Kaberle’s a bottom-pairing guy at ES, as are Diaz and Weber, and if we’re keeping them, I’d prefer either Emelin play with them, or if Emelin is on the second pairing, then someone else with more defensive acumen than Kaberle. He’s useful as a PP specialist, but again, the team has Diaz, Weber, Markov and Subban, so he’s redundant. If either Diaz or Weber are gone, though,I can definitely see a place for him so in that case I’d probably say Bourque because even if he’s not redundant, he’s been fairly useless. I’d rather see Kostitsyn come back and do his job but that’s probably not happening.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      June 7, 2012 11:47 am

      Kaberle is my choice, too, much as I hate Rene Bourque.

  3. ecozens permalink
    June 7, 2012 1:35 pm

    I cannot possible cosign your point about Kovalchuk enough. Everybody and their mother seems to be agreed on the fact that he’s hurting pretty badly. Those people who still talk about him like he’s the world’s biggest bust in the playoffs? Just don’t get it, at all.
    (Btw, so looking forward to any/all offseason posts! It will make the hockey-less summer much more enjoyable 😀 )

    • theactivestick permalink*
      June 7, 2012 4:16 pm

      Weren’t there rumours of a herniated disc? That’s painful enough when your job is to lie around doing nothing all day.

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