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Bye-Bye Byng, Dallas Deterioration, Jersey Originality FAIL, and the PIM Ploy.

Is it just me, or did the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, and Colorado Avalanche all get lazy when it came to 3rd jersey design time?  Maybe they just had nothing at the deadline, and blindly approved blue uniforms; when blue isn’t even one of their official team colors?  Did the Predators just rip off a Maple Leafs symbol and stitch on that stupid prehistoric cat with the major incisor issue? Did Florida not notice that Chicago, Minnesota, St Louis, and Pittsburgh all already did the emblem with the symbol in the middle and team name circled around it, and that the Blues and Pens already did it with the same colors?  How many people in the NHL were asleep at the wheel here?   


If I were the type of person who was looking for players to make my team better, why in the world would I want to be on the lookout for a player with a lot of PIM’s?  Isn’t getting penalties, sitting in the box for varying periods of time, and making your team play with a man down because of your error, and increasing the likelihood of being scored on, a bad thing?  It boggles my mind that players will get chosen over others based on this stat, because the player with high PIM’s is supposed to make the team “tougher”.  There are lots of players who play a physical style that can make a team tougher and don’t have to sit in the penalty box to show it.   I just saw a sidebar on TV that said Keith Tkachuk moved into the top 5 all-time PIM leaders with just shy of 2200.  Errm… congrats, Keith, you sat in the penalty box for 36 games worth of time.  Thanks for helping out…


Now that Wayne Gretzky and Joe Sakic have both retired, and Pavel Datsyuk has won the trophy three years in a row, is it time to do away with the Lady Byng Award for the NHL’s most gentlemanly player?  Does anyone in the league care, or aspire to win it anymore (did they ever?)?  Like WWE did with the European and Light Heavyweight championship belts; maybe the NHL should slowly stop talking about it, never show it on camera, and very sneakily just phase it out.  In the era of the Sean Avery’s, Steve Downie’s, and Dan Carcillo’s, maybe the NHL should in contrast introduce the Johnny Knoxville Award for biggest jackass of the year; as hockey tips slightly closer to “entertainment” for the sake of selling the game in an American market, and is certainly not dissuading the behaviour.    


Marty Turco is the most over-rated goalie in the NHL.  For a guy considered for Team Canada a few times, he really doesn’t ever get it done, does he? 


Speaking of Dallas Stars, Mike Modano seems to be just hanging on to that spot of his (and a few other classics in the league, I might add) in Dallas, doesn’t he?  He’s earning his keep, but as that era of players seems to be drawing to a close, it’s enough to wonder how much longer he can keep from going the way of the dinosaur.  He’s always been a really good player; recently I heard him described as “the best skater I ever saw” by a former NHL’er.  For some reason, he could never keep that Captain’s “C” on his jersey.  I always secretly liked him as a player (it helped that he wears my number); but as an American, my Canadian pride refused to allow it.   

  1. ryley
    January 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I agree lady byng is garbage. Always has been. I’m wondering why there’s not a trophy for most assists?

    • January 31, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      Good call, I’ve thought the same myself about an assist award, especially with the introduction of the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals. Wayne Gretzky Award seems to fit the bill for an assist trophy, wouldn’t you say??

  2. January 31, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I can only disagree with one thing: Marty Turco isn’t the most over-rated goalie in the league. That spot is reserved for Luongo…
    The assist award is a great idea!
    I’ve watched Modano a few times recently, wondering what’s going on with him. He sure spends a lot of time skating around the the outsides now, where he used to go hard to the net. It’s harder to score 30 feet out than 6.

    • February 1, 2010 at 1:56 am

      Interesting shot at Luongo. I’m personally not a Canucks fan, but if I were to credit a large portion of the team’s moderate success over the last few years to one of them, i’d have to give the nod to Bobby Lou. He’s certainly made Vancouver fans forget about the Cloutier days…

  3. ryley
    February 1, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I’m an avid canucks ‘hater’ if you will. However even I can’t see how Luongo is overrated. I know on sportsnet they make routine saves seem like the biggest deal but like 5ave said he’s a very big reason for the teams success over the past couple of years. What I have a hard time unerstanding if the year that the canucks got luongo everyone was going bananas about how he was the savior of vancouver. Vezina candidate. And somehow vigneault wins coach of the year the same year? Like they wouldn’t have done half as good without bobby lou and vigneault should get something?
    And sorry to change the subject just wondering what ur guys’ thoughts are on the recent trades?
    I for one thing calgarys don’t a garbage job. They’re essentially a team of 3rd liners minus iggy. And now jokinen’s gone. Albeit he hadn’t done much of late but where is the scoring gonna come from. Kipr’s just going shaking in his boots. “Well. Its gotta be a shutout a game for any win”
    And it mustve been a real hassle getting rid of phaneuf because I’d expect atleast some kind of draft pick for the guy. Kind of betting on the fact he can be a real piece of work in the locker room. That or burkes got something up his sleeve in store for him

    • February 2, 2010 at 12:52 am

      I heard Sutter make a comment about freeing up some cap $$, so dumping a few high rollers for more, cheaper, youth makes sense on paper. I think Stajan will be a good player for Calgary, but other than that, I don’t see a lot of immediate success for them out of the trade. But then again, I’m an avid Calgary hater, so I hope they burn to shambles anyway. If Phaneuf and Giguere decide to be good at hockey again, then Toronto’s gonna come out on top from this one, but if they don’t, it could be just moving a bunch of mediocre players around for no other reason than to cut payrolls.

  4. Stacy
    February 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve never noticed how much those jerseys look alike! I love the retro jerseys…if only both teams could wear them at the same time. (Specifically Edmonton versus Calgary).
    And Jackass of the Year would be awesome.

    • February 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

      I knew you had an opinion in you, Stacy!

      The Oilers and Flames definitely have retro jerseys this year; do they not both wear them when they play each other?

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