by Patrick Hoffman on 09/06/12 at 02:55 PM ET
When it comes to hockey and social media, there is no doubt that Steve Dangle is well known in both circles.
Steve was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on his favorite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, what is going on with the NHL lockout, and why all these fake insiders are coming about.
PH: Once the puck drops, whenever that is, to being the season, how do you see the Toronto Maple Leafs doing this year? Why?
SD: Well, I think Ben Scrivens put it best in a recent interview that I had with him in saying, the Leafs couldn't possibly go on a skid like they did from February onward to the end of the season. Up until their plummet to the bottom of the standings, they were 6th in the East. That's where New Jersey was before losing to the 8th seeded LA Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Leafs' fans are understandably uncomfortable with Burke's lack of action this summer, as am I. But I think it just might be the right thing to do. They'll challenge for a playoff spot, but it'll be a struggle.
PH: Are you comfortable with a goaltending tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens? Why or why not?
SD: Yes. First of all, the other option, acquiring a starting goaltender is unrealistic. There are so few of those available and any of the ones that are available are an extreme risk. As for taking a flyer on a guy like Jonathan Bernier - why? He doesn't project to be much better or worse than James Reimer and on top of that, he's gonna cost you assets to acquire him. Again, the most frustrating move is to do nothing but it might be the right move. What I'm more worried about is if Reimer or Scrivens get hurt.
PH: Being that you are a social media fanatic, why do you see all these fake insider accounts developing? What can be done to stop them?
SD: Nothing. As of yet the scientific community has yet to discover a cure for stupid. As long as there are sheep, any douche with a cane (twitter account) can be a shepherd. Everyone wants to feel important and everyone wants to have the scoop. I get that but it's a shame because these guys take credibility away from lesser known legitimate insiders trying to make a name for themselves.
PH: What kind of an impact, if any, do you think social media will have on a potential NHL lockout?
SD: Absolutely none. We're dealing with billionaires here. It's a shame but let's get real.
PH: Speaking of the NHL lockout, how would you go about settling it?
SD: I'm no lawyer or business major. So I can't tell you how to fix it. However, it drives me up a wall to hear the lockout will only be a month or two. If this is the case then an agreement is well within reach. Why not be grown ups about it and play the season until you come to said agreement? Suits man.
PH: Onto bigger and better things, tell readers where they will be able to find your work this season.
SD: Ask Gary. As of right now, I still plan to do my LFR video blogs which can be found on my website and YouTube page I have no plans to stop.
I'm also working with CBC sports and a few others and a few others on some ideas for the upcoming season. I've also joined www.theleafsnationcom as a contributor.
PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with Kukla's Korner readers?
SD: Check out my stuff! And if you have any questions or comments drop me a line.
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