Saturday, April 05, 2008

Elsewhere in Hockey Blogistan

- American Hockey Fan contemplates the potentially ugly retaliatory violence that might spring up in a Habs-Bruins playoff series. I’d love to think he’s being alarmist in invoking the Bertuzzi incident, but he has a point that it’s exactly the sort of set-up we have here (a Habs energy player dealing a serious injury to a Bruins star) that neither the League’s rules nor the player’s code adequately resolves in an apparently just way. It is this sense that established means haven’t righted a wrong that leads to ugly-beyond-ugly moments. And after seeing the way Begin played last game… lordy, I don’t need another thing to agonize over now.

- Point-Counterpoint: Dr. Gorges and Mr. Apparently-Shitty- Defenseman-Who-Once-Played-For-The-Sharks. Let’s hear from JT and Mike Chen.

- I was thrilled to see that The Puck Stops Here still doesn’t think the Habs aren’t really a very good team. Far too many people who ripped on us at the beginning of the season are jumping on the bandwagon now, and dammit, we need some opposition! Then I realized that basically no team in twenty years has met his standards for elite-ness [Correction: several have, including last year's Ducks.], which takes a little of the excitement of having at least one remaining detractor. However, I would like to offer one basic defense of my boys (in addition to some of those that have already been offered by my co-fans): they’re an incredibly young team. A lot of them are still in their first or second year in the NHL, in many cases not even a full year, which makes it very difficult to judge the roster quality through the lens of posterity. Not every Hall of Famer set records his rookie season. I’m not saying that anyone on the current Habs is necessarily destined for that honor, only that depending on how the careers of all the young players develop, this could turn out to be a more exceptional roster in retrospect than it appears now.

- An unspecified group of anthropologists has apparently found a correlation between winning and wearing red. Therefore, this season the Stanley Cup will be won simultaneously by the Canadiens, Hurricanes, Flames, Capitals, Wild, Red Wings, Devils, and somehow, miraculously, Blackhawks. Due to the shortness of the off-season, each player will get only four hours with the Cup.

- A View from the Cheap Seats and Pred-Joe describe firsthand the experience of (probably) squeaking into the playoffs. I’m with Joe on this one, posts like these make me tear up. That scene- the one with the active, passionate, noisy crowd- is the kind of thing that Habs fans take for granted, because at the Bell Centre it’s the norm rather than the exception, but I suspect it’s happened all too rarely in Washington and Nashville.

- Speaking of Washington, Greg Wyshynski hearts Huet. As well he should.

- Obligatory Oilers link.

- Finally, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we have a traitor in our midst. The playoffs, as we all know, are WAR, and Carbonneau has already expressed his concern that someone on the inside has been leaking top-secret information about the Habs- particularly their injury status. Someone has been getting cozy with the enemy. Someone has been trying to undermine our efforts from within. Somewhere in the Habs organization lurks a secret agent in the employ of another team. And I think I’ve discovered who it is, in this otherwise innocuous Ovechkin-for-MVP post

7 comments:

The Puck Stops Here said...

You claim no team in the last 20 years has met my standards for eliteness, yet I claim, that the 2007 Anaheim Ducks did. Thats far shorter than 20 years ago.

E said...

i'm sorry, tpsh, i didn't see that- the relevant posts about the ducks aren't directly linked off the post i referred to. anyway, mea maxima culpa, i've found it now, and i'll get back to you and adjust this post once i've read it.

E said...

okay, back. having revisited the initial post as well as some of the later ones where you revisit it, i apologize, you do consider certain current teams to be elite. what interests me, though, is that 1) you define 'elite' exclusively by a few players on the roster- a good goalie and a unspecified number of hall of fame-capable skaters. towards the end you mention playing well together, as a sort of distant afterthought. however, 2) you say that the viewer suffers when there are no elite teams to watch, the implication being that the level of play on an elite team is so far and away better than on any other that once you've seen elite everything else seems mediocre. if the ducks meet the standard of eliteness, i have to take issue with that. they certainly looked that way when they beat out ottawa, but over the course of their entire season, i wouldn't say they were jaw-droppingly, brain-fryingly better to watch than a lot of the other teams in the nhl who were good-but-not-elite by your standards. i'd figure the detroit, san jose, ottawa, and buffalo were at least as interesting to watch as anaheim. yeah, anaheim beat them, but your primary argument isn't that we should want elite teams because they win, but rather that we should want elite teams because they're more engaging for the fans- which i just don't see anaheim demonstrating particularly effectively.

Julian said...

The obligatory oilers link makes me smile. good to see the oilogosphere is still recognized as the tops in the league.

Predjoe said...

thanks for the props and the link to the post. It's a great time to be a hockey fan in Nashville!

Doogie said...

The obligatory oilers link makes me smile. good to see the oilogosphere is still recognized as the tops in the league.

They have a tendency to lapse into groupthink and egotism sometimes, which I find laughably ironic, but as a general rule, the volume and quality of work done is still in the upper echelon.

Tyler said...

Julian: Just imagine if we had a team in the playoffs. Two more years...two more years...