By Alanah Downie
The repercussions of summertime trades... while Mike Chen asks "Roberto who?", Waiting for Stanley responds that he's the guy who "gets out of position and beaten easily" on breakaway plays and shootouts. (I've been bitching about this myself at VCOE.) Meanwhile, of course, Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld are impressing on a grand scale -- with any luck, the Panthers Daily Puck will get back to posting soon and rub it in our Vancouver faces. (note: are there any other Panthers bloggers out there?)
Carolina blogger CasonBlog loves the hitting in hockey: "Anybody who's ever played knows it's a game for predators."* (A great line, no?) And while he's understandably concerned about Colby Armstrong's hit on Trevor Letowski the other day, Cason concedes that "it's kind of hard to stay mad at Colby, since he looks like he's about ten years old."(*Sidearm Delivery also notes that hockey fans can be predators as well... making little kids cry on free t-shirt night is BAD form, Connecticut.)
In San Jose, Wave Gate created controversy the other day, as a fan publicly complained about the building rising for the "wave" as it swept the the Shark Tank one night. At Two For Elbowing, Chuqui, an anti-wave-ite himself, still thinks the whole affair is much ado about nothing: "If it takes doing the wave for people to wake up and start making noise, then let's freaking [do] the wave in the first period.... and the second, and the third, just to remind folks to get noisy." Agreed. Honestly, what the hell is all the fuss about? It's not like people are doing it non-stop... they do stop to drink beer, right?
Stats, stats, stats. Chris Young at JABS: "what I'd like to see: stats kept on fouls committed, and who they've been committed against." An excellent point -- the information is being tracked, so why isn't it being compiled? Kukla's Korner also mentioned another story on the subject of stat tracking the other day, just in case you missed it.
A couple of other quick hits: Check out Covered in Oil for the pimp factor in Edmonton; or On Frozen Pond for a GREAT quote from Robert Esche; or Orland Kurtenblog who have a Degrassi High moment at the expense of the poor Vancouver Canucks -- although that Ryan Kesler one is a classic, methinks.