Entries with the tag: scott wasilewski
Scotty Wazz, the terrific host of The Face-Off Hockey Show as well as the publisher of his awesome blog, The Strangest One of All, was kind enough to answer some questions regarding concussions, Matt Cooke, playoff races and his podcast.
PH: How do you think the NHL will handle the concussion issue now that some rules have been put in place? Do you think they’ll work?
SW: I think it’s a good thing that the NHL is trying to be as proactive as possible, but in a game where contact is encouraged—you can only do some much with the element of humans in it. If it’ll work and all remains to be seen, but it could deter enough people out there to actually think before they try to do something that’s borderline dangerous. Yet, at the same time, we all have lapse in judgment from time to time and we’ll probably see many cases of lapses, especially in an emotional sport; which hockey is.
PH: Do you think there is a place in the NHL for Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins? Do you think he will finally learn his lesson or will it fall upon deaf ears?
SW: Matt Cooke is an interesting case, because he really wasn’t this much of a dirty player years ago when he was in Vancouver. It seems that since he’s left there, he’s gotten beyond the role of pest and into the role of goon. He’s a very skilled player when all is said and done and I think he’s a valuable asset if he can be reigned in enough by coaches or management. As far as lessons, he says he learned his lesson, but you can’t believe it until you see it. I’m sure the Penguins’ brass has been on him about it after this and he’ll probably have to look at himself and realize that if he has this reputation, not many teams will be willing to sign him if he continues to be a liability.
Scott Wasilewski (Wazz) of The Face-off Hockey Show and The Strangest One of All Hockey Blog was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss some off-season hockey topics here at Kukla’s Korner.
Take it away, Wazz:
PH: Which free agent signings do you like? Why?
SW: The defensive pick-ups in the Atlantic are amazing. The Devils picking up Anton Volchenkov and Henrik Tallinder are pretty clutch, as both are stable defensively responsible players and should be able to make up for the losses the Devils had to endure. Which leads me to the pick-ups of Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek by the Penguins, who are younger options to counteract the loss of Sergei Gonchar to Ottawa. Martin and Michalek should compliment and push Kris Letang to be tops on the defensive corps.