Of ALL the guys we could have drafted in the first round:
16) C/RW Landon Ferraro
17) RW Zach Budish
20) LW Carl Klingberg
21) C Drew Shore
23) LW Jeremy Morin
27) D Stefan Elliott
34) RW Alex Chiasson (no relation to Steve)
35) D Ryan Button
37) C Joonas Nattinen
38) D Charles-Olivier Roussel
39) C Ryan O’Reilly
40) RW Richard Panik
41) C Ethan Werek
42) D Dmitri Orlov
43) C Tomas Tatar
44) RW Toni Rajala
45) D Eric Gelinas
46) D Brayden McNabb
47) RW Josh Birkholz
48) C Alex Hutchings
49) C Jakob Silfverberg
50) D Seth Helgeson
We pick this dude:
WTF was the scouting staff smoking when they made that pick?? Did all 4 of them decide to gather ’round, light up a big blunt, and come to the collective conclusion that the solution to all of our size woes was some dude that everyone else figured was a second-rounder at best?? What are they going to do with this dude, give him a wand and tell him to go fight Voldemort? Maybe they got so stoned that they thought they were drafting for a Quidditch team instead of an NHL team.
The only team that was made of more fail than the Hurricanes on Day 1 of the Draft were the Hartfordelphia Whaleflyers. When that trade got announced, I had to ask myself if Homer was hitting the sauce again–all that for My Golden Bitch?? Really?? Really?? 2 first-rounders, a conditional 3rd-rounder, AND two good young players?? For Pronger?? If I’m a Pflyers fan, I’m getting out the cans of gas and the matches and preparing to immolate myself in front of the Walk-Over-Ya Center because…damn.
p.s. TSN’s trio of commentators can blow me for deciding to cut away from/talk over Ron Francis when he announced our pick. I mean, I get that they figured “eh, it’s the Hurricanes, they’ll just blow it anyway”–but really. You asshats could have STFU and let Ronnie announce the pick.? I mean, I’m just sayin’.
Can’t wait to see how they blow it on Day 2. Somebody pass me a Mojito…or ten.
So this morning I pull up the N&O to see if Luke’s come back from hisÂ vacation with anything new.
OK, I can see Glen Wesley coming back. But Bret of the Gimpy Hip?Â WHY, for the love of Tyr, is he even mentioned?Â Dude needs to RETIRE.
As we no doubt have already heard, the Warchief skated with the Hurricanes who were picked for their respective national teams for the World Championships in Quebec City–he’ll be back in time for next season, which is a plus.
Also: Luke comments in Lord Stanley’s Blog about the kick-ass job Versus is doing covering the playoffs–and they are doing a very good job (but Brian Engblom has got to get a new hairdo–the mullet is starting to look rather like a headcrab). Normally I take shots at Versus for the way they cover the NHL, but they’re doing a good job this season.
Now, if only Versus was more widely carried and didn’t show the same 5 or 6 teams over and over again during the regular season….
OK, let me see if I have this right:
Canadiens fans boo another country’s anthem before home games in the playoffs–and have to be told by the PA dude not to do so.
They torch police cars, loot stores, and cause general mayhem after winning the first freaking round.
One of them chucks a beer into the penalty box, to cheers from his seatmates (and nothing was done by Bell Centre staff, from what I saw–except of course to clean the glass off after the game).
Six years ago, several of them tossed ‘nanners and sling racial slurs at a black player after an OT win during the second round–and the rest of that lot claimed that it was really the opposing team’s fans in disguise, just trying to make the Canadiens look bad.
And then of course we have Jack Todd. I’ll stop myself before I go off on that jackass again.
And they have the nerve to call us rednecks?
WE didn’t riot after winning the first round. We didn’t even riot after winning the Finals in 2006. The ONE time I heard some asshat in the stands refer to a black player with a racist epithet, everyone sitting around him threatened to throw the toolbag over the glass so he could call the player that again to his face–and when toolbag demurred, he was told to STFU and stop embarrassing all the rest of us.
I’m sure some Habs troll will show up and say “I won’t be back, but I wanted to say GO HABS and we are more passionate than you are because we do all these things”, but you know what? Fuck y’all in your ears. I’d rather be classy than “passionate”, if “passionate” means “being on a level with the drunken thugs that invaded the RBC during the 2006 ECF.”
I was cheering for the 10-megaton surface burst in this series (because I have no love for Montreal or Philly), but I may have to rethink my position.
Actually…no. I’m still barracking for the 10MT surface burst.
And the Rangers take on the Pens (and the Sharks throw down with the Stars) in their respective Game 1s tonight. Give ‘em Hell, Harry.
Let me keep this short and sweet:
1) Christobal Huet is not the answer for the Caps. He got pwned on that dribbler of a first Pflyers goal, and he got pwned on the series-winner in the exact same way that Cory Stillman pwned him in 2006.
2) I liked how Ovechkin and Kolzig stayed out to applaud the fans after the handshakes–I didn’t, however, like how the fans just kept their hands in their pockets. C’mon kids, your team went from dead last at Thanksgiving to the third seed in the East, they battled back from being down 3-1….and you can’t even give ‘em a little love?
3) Better luck next year. Except, of course, against the Hurricanes.
On to Round 2. Give ‘em Hell, Harry.
You have got to be kidding me.
Here’s a better view of the hit. You see in that video that Hartnell was coming from somewhere out around Harrisburg, had plenty of time to let up, and didn’t. His two games must be because Albert was lucky enough to not get injured. Either that or Bobby Clarke called Colin Campbell’s house and threatened his dog or something.
In other news, the NHLPA is looking at lobbying for an end to the instigator rule. I’m sure that the fans in Boston and a few other places are eagerly hoping for this so that the Flyers can get their just desserts.
Let’s go to the videotape. The hit itself is at the 1:30 mark or so.
This is getting out of hand. Correction: it’s already out of hand with this team. This is the third time this season (fourth if you count Steve Downie’s preseason attempt to impress his coaches) that a Flyer has been involved in an incident like this…not only that, but the players involved aren’t guys with long rap sheets (though Wings fans would disagree with me about Hartnell, I’m sure).
The team’s gotta be punished, if this garbage is to stop. The only thing that Hartnell didn’t do on that play was leave his feet–and that’s only because Alberts was on his knees (and, as Jack Edwards pointed out in that videoclip, unable to defend himself). Hartnell came from clear across the rink, he didn’t slow down, and he didn’t make any attempt to mitigate the outcome when he saw Alberts on his knees. If that doesn’t scream “intent to injure”, I don’t know what does.
I said before that there is a team-level issue here. I’m more sure of it now than ever. Something or someone is giving the Flyers the impression that it’s OK to be a bunch of cheap-shotting thugs, and that is unacceptable.
Colin Campbell has a chance to take a stand and actually exert the discipline that he’s shied away from. He has a chance to send a message to the Flyers that they had better knock off all their evil…but since we all know that he’s just a giant clownshoe, I am betting Hartnell gets five games at most.
Wednesday night’s game is going to be very interesting. Bad Craziness, Soon Come.
And, of course, excuses are being made for Jones: he’s a n00b, it’s his first major, it’s Bergeron’s fault cos Grapes said so, blah blah fricking blah de blah.
So of course he should be excused for not letting up and barrelling right into the back of a guy who doesn’t even have the puck anymore, piledriving him headfirst into the glass, and putting him into the hospital. It’s just “part of the game”, right?
All that Randy Jones saw the whole time was Bergeron’s numbers, and should have let up cos Bergeron had gotten rid of the puck already–Jones’ teammate peeled off when he saw that, so what the hells was Jones’ issue? And leaving his feet? How is that not intent to injure?
I said it before and I’ll say it again: There is something rotten in the Flyers’ organization, and people will continue to get injured by those toolboxes in orange and black until the NHL finally finds their bollocks and does something about it.