Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 12/21/11 at 12:48 AM ET
This should be on page 1 of Gary (.ass) Bettman’s eventual authorized biography (“Ruling the NHL with the hand of a Hobbit”):
With 360,061 votes, Toronto’s James Reimer is 10th overall and first among goaltenders.
James Reimer has 49 career starts in the NHL.
Jim F. Howard: 163
Reimer is 5-3-3 this year with a save percentage of .900 and a GAA of 2.86.
Effing Howard: 20-7-1, .928, 1.91.
Reimer is 41st, 41st, 49th, 36th, 41st, 41st, 33rd, 30th and 40th in significant goaltending categories.
Howard is in the top ten in every one of them.
Enjoy that ASG, NHL fans.
I do, after finally taking a look at the Youtube page a few of you have been talking about in the comments of our very special Live Blog. It belongs to a character named “awood40”, and it might be the most awesome thing ever invented by baby Jesus and Al Gore. Want highlights? He’s got ‘em. Complete games filled with joy and Charleston Chews? Yep. Classic moments, heartbreak, Fresca, Hookers and Probert. It’s all there for the taking. An example? Why yes.
Holy. Hell. It’s every frigging goal scored by the Captain in the 97, 98 and ‘02 playoffs. Seriously. That is sick and it’s all there.
Morning Wood is what it is and what it should be. Much, much more there. You can spend hours and hours of time sitting in front of your computer like a porn fiend, ignoring your family and disregarding the holiday norms society has been shoving down your throat for years; only it’s ok because it’s all Red Wings and it’s all glorious.
“If the playoffs started today”...we’d have the Brittle Bitter Brokenhearted Bitch Blues and their legions of manically depressed fans. Naturally, St. Lose has been hoping the “playoffs started today” every December the last ten years. The odds that the Blues actually reach the postseason are, in my opinion, slim. That, naturally, isn’t based on stats, strength of schedule, coaching, veteran leadership, goaltending, or any of the other Corsi-like stats you want to throw at me. It’s entirely steeped in my sincere hope that they miss the playoffs again because of the puppy-like, visceral joy I get in knowing that Blues fans are suffering. I can’t help it and I’m not proud of it. It just is. It exists. It’s real and I love it when they’re sad. Come to think of it, the only thing that makes a Blues fan sadder than missing the playoffs is making them and losing to Detroit. Yes, please.
“I hated him,” said Commodore, of the years he spent on other teams, trying to deal with Holmstrom. “And I’m not the only one. A lot of defencemen do hate him. He’s tough to move. And he’s been around a long time, so when you’re pushing and shoving him in front of the net, he whacks you back, and he’s never getting a penalty, and it irritates you no end. I think he’s just been around so long, he gets away with it—and that’s OK. That’s how it should be.”
That’s Mike Commodore. He wears #22 for the Red Wings, despite a fake charity campaign on a search engine, and he hasn’t played much. But he’s good for a quote and he’s got some credibility when that quote is about Tomas Holmstrom. Good article by Cam Cole at the Vancouver Sun.
See you for the Live Blog tomorrow bitches, maybe sooner. In the meantime, keep pining for an All Star nominee. That’s what we need in these parts, a true “elite” goalie, one with a pedigree like James Reimer. Woe is us.
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