How far downhill has the Winter Classic gone? Rather than being on National television, it’s on TNT and the same usual suspects. Get your credit cards out to buy yet another limited jersey if you’re a Bruins or Pens fan, but otherwise a yawn. Bell Biv DeVoe to sing the national anthem? Is this 1992?
At least the matchup should be decent and I definitely didn’t think the Bruins would be this good this season.
I hope the rumours of Kraken vs Golden Knights for next year is true, be nice to see someone else besides the same 6 teams and moving to out west will be good too.
Golden Knights vs Avalanche tonight should be more interesting and I wish that was the Winter Classic instead
I’m guessing they just made a switch decision to quickly get his skating back in the minors before heading back up again. (heh, granted he’ll earn the promotion)
Not NHL, but almost urgent: there’s a new Connor on the horizon.
Canadian 18 year-old Connor Bedard is essentially breaking almost every record in the World Juniors right now, scoring some very pretty goals.
Our next generational player.
ETA: Meanwhile the other Connor has the most goals and assists right now.
Well it won’t be the Vancouver Canucks who get him, I tell you what. They have what I call “The Curse of the Blue Uniforms” where they play terribly until they are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and then all of sudden become the best damn team in the league so as to lose at losing by winning (because they are too dignified to tank). Seriously, I almost started a thread on how and why this team is so absurdly bad. The coach Bruce Boudreau was having songs sung about him (“Bruce, There It Is!” which he apparently hated) last season but now he’s on the verge of being canned because the team forgot how to play hockey again. I swear to all gods great and small, if there was no salary cap and this team had infinite money and the first, second and third round draft picks they could not buy a win at any price. Instead, they’ll make terrible trades where they end up paying years of salary to players on other teams, they’ll draft normally talented players who will turn into potatoes as soon as they put the jersey on and they’ll end up being about 57th in the draft lottery even if they have the highest chance of winning it.
As someone who follows the current worst team in the NHL (the Blue Jackets), I’ve gotten tired of Columbus sportswriters urging the team to tank.*
Of all the teams who’ve gotten multiple #1 picks since 2010 (Edmonton 4, Buffalo 2, New Jersey 2), none have enjoyed marked playoff success and certainly none have won a Stanley Cup in that time. Being really shitty and lucking into a “generational” player is not a winning formula.
*they don’t need encouragement in that regard anyway.
So this means that (from what I have read) the Canucks are now paying salary to three coaches who aren’t with the team any longer and they have replaced a good coach with a bum who seems to have gotten the job because he’s friends with someone high up in the organization. And the new coach has a lucrative deal for three years which will pay the dude more than he used to make actually playing hockey.
Despite my earlier rant about how they can’t win for winning or losing, I agree with your philosophy here as it might apply to the Canucks. The problem doesn’t seem to be that they need just one Gretzky-caliber player to backpack them, it’s that they lack defense, offense and any kind of sense of urgency that might lead them in the general direction of victory.
I remember a news story from a few years back where a European player hung around with the Canucks on some hockey exchange program deal and he was astounded by how much partying and drinking they did. I’m also reminded of Zack Kassian who was on a downward spiral in his hockey career and his personal life until he got out of Vancouver and the curse was lifted.