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In-confidence

One does not simply walk into the NHL. To get there, your confidence has to overcome challenges as pesky as orcs, possibly as ferocious as uruk-hai. Certainly there's a spider big enough to suck the last drop of self-assurance out of you, you had to have seen her along the way.  If a player makes it to the NHL, he has obviously lived to tell the tale.

Confidence is a funny thing, all made up of memories and habits and hormones, recent events and old. Oddly, it can be increased by the most ridiculous exercises. You can sit cross-legged on the floor, repeating things like "I am an attractive person, people will respond positively to me, they will help me achieve my goals." That sort of exercise can actually make you feel braver and more confident, even if your logical mind thinks it is a load of horse-poop. But that's all confidence is: a state of mind.  If events from a week or a day ago can change how you see unrelated present events, isn't that as ridiculous as chanting self-praise?  Ridiculous and inevitable.

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Dumb and dumber, or what not to wear

There was some fuss after Brad Stuart's hit on Gabriel Landeskog during the Saturday game in San Jose.  There were two things about the fuss and the subsequent penalties that made me think "dumb, and dumber."

I am no expert on NHL hits, but Stuart's hit reminded me of a hit by Niklas Kronwall on Jakub Voracek in a game last season. There are probably better comparables out there, but it's one that was recent enough to fall under similar officiating and review standards.

Suffice to say, Landeskog came away from being hit in better shape than Voracek did.  Still, the Kronwall hit didn't result in a suspension, or even a penalty.  There was no reason to think the Stuart one would either.

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Deadline 2012

They say that the NHL Trade Deadline is at 3pm in the afternoon, but out here it’s High Noon.  It is an especially cruel High Noon because, even after the waiting and worrying, you still don’t get to go out and confront anyone or anything.  You sit and watch your online news source or wait for the phone to ring or prepare to make an announcement.  Oh, I guess that last part is a kind of confrontation.  So the GMs have that.  The fans and the players don’t.

I was glad that the announcement of McGinn being traded to the Avalanche came while the team was still in the air.  That would make for a smaller group to share the unsettling news with, instead of being alone or in a throng of questioners.

What about Sgarbossa and Connolly?  I wonder where they were.  I don’t suppose Sgarbossa will have to move anywhere right away.

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