Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rabble Rabble Rabble

We make fun of one Eric Francis over here, but we have to give some dap to the man. His latest piece, in which he deftly maneuvers Darryl into sticking the sword into his own chest, was pretty good. Seriously, the more Darryl opens his mouth, the deeper his grave is dug, so kudos to Francis for serving the rancher up some Milskey before the interview started.

Honestly, where to start the scalpel into all this Darryl Sutter provided horse shit?

- We had to trade Dion to keep Gio and Bourque

No, no you didn't. Anybody with some experience in finance should be able to inform you that money is fungible. What this means in this context is that money for something can from anywhere you can generate money from. Say you have a rental business. You also have a widget business. You can use money from the widget business to pay bills for your rental business. You don't have to sell the rental business to generate the capital.

Same thing here. Darryl didn't have to trade a guy he signed to an inflated contract years before acquiring either Bourque or Gio to sign Bourque or Gio. It's a stupid suggestion on it's face. Darryl would have had the money to sign Bourque or Gio if he didn't sign Sarich, or JBlow, or extend Iggy, or if he had traded Langkow, or any number of possible combinations of events. What Darryl is really admitting to here is that he mismanaged the salary cap, and because of that he had to then go out and make a trade, not for pure hockey reasons, but for financial reasons. Which, again, SHOULD PROBABLY GET HIS ASS FIRED. People, Tallon did the same thing, really. The only difference is he won a Stanley Cup. And he got fired. It's a joke that Darryl has a job.

- Dion Didn't Want To Play Here

Darryl Sutter no longer gets the benefit of the doubt with us. We think he is lying because we can see his mouth moving. So when he suggests, again, that Dion wanted out (because Darryl didn't make him the captain, or whatever Darryl was suggesting) we tend to take it with a grain of salt. Dion had millions of dollars and a city full of puck bunnies to play with. We highly doubt he hated his time here.

Now, in the Darryl's defence, Dion is a selfish player on the ice, and as more and more stories come out, it appears he may have been selfish in the locker room too. So we can definitely see a situation where some of his teammates didn't like Dion playing here. But that's entirely different. So which is it, Darryl? Because in this interview he implies that Dion wanted out, which Dion and Burke have denied, and that Dion's teammates wanted him out.

Also, can we take a step back for a moment and reflect on the fact that we have a GM who seems to not worry about the future effects of airing out a players dirty laundry in the media? We'd like to be able to sign some good free agents in the future. If they think Darryl is going to rat them out the moment things turn a little sour, that becomes more difficult. WHICH IS ANOTHER REASON DARRYL SHOULD BE OUT LOOKING FOR WORK.

- Darryl Only Talked To One Trade Partner Because Only A Limited Number Of Teams Could Afford Dion

Again, we have to call bullshit on this. First off, most obviously, how do you know if you don't ask? Honestly, you don't know that some owner wouldn't increase payroll to bring in Dion, to generate some buzz for his hockey team, especially if you don't ask. Poor people don't own hockey teams (actually, this is the NHL we are talking about...) which means that there was the potential out there, even for teams that don't spend to the cap, for some owner to step up to the plate and assume Dion's contract. The Senators just committed 5.5 million dollars to the cap, for 3 years, to sign a 36 year old Gonchar. They wouldn't have traded for Dion?

But Darryl doesn't know because Darryl didn't ask. We know he didn't ask because the GM of the Sabres told everyone he didn't ask.

Darryl says in the article (paraphrase): There are about 15 teams in the league that had no chance at Dion because they couldn't afford him.

Fine, even if we accept that presumption (which we don't) that means that there are 15 teams left for Darryl to go out and create a bidding war for Dion with. And he still didn't even do that. WHICH, AGAIN, IS A GOOD REASON THE MAN SHOULD BE OUT OF A J-O-B.

- Matt Stajan Needs To Be Our Daymond Langkow

Yeah, Darryl Sutter said that. Where is RO when you need him, eh? We are tempted to reach out and let him pen a piece on that line alone.


We can't state it any more clearly than that. Daymond Langkow plays against good players, and on his career is a plus 82. Matt Stajan is Matt Stajan and is a career 0. How does Sutter keep his job?

- Nik Hagman Is A Top Six Forward

Yeah, on the Islanders.

- Trading Ian White For Badsuck And Two Years, At A Million Dollars, Of Tommy K.

This was, again, a purely financial trade. It was done to save a million dollars. Why did Darryl need to save a million dollars? Was it because his other contracts proved to be so poorly valued? Was it because the NHL doctors were going to green light Kotalicksballs and Darryl was forced to find cap space to play the worst contract in the NHL's (well, besides the Phaneuf one)? No, not at all.

He had to trade Ian White so he could sign Bourque and Gio...

This is getting more and more embarrassing by the day. You guys ever hear of a cat by the name of Rasputin? He was a sleazy opportunists that managed to worm his way into the Russian Tzars court back in the day. Once there, he promptly began giving the Tzars wife the dicking she was missing and ended up having a big say in matters of state. This wasn't a problem in and of itself, except for the fact that a) Rasputin was fucking crazy and b) it doesn't look good on the Tzar to have the guy who is boning his wife make decisions that affect the state. It was a wholly embarrassing situation both for the Tzar and for Russia.

But you know what? The people around the Tzar couldn't get rid of him. No matter the latest fuckup, Rasputin was safe in his job. It got very frustrating for the Russian court. The Tzars wife, a woman who had a head in the clouds and no anchor in reality, kept Rasputin ensconced in safety, because she was loving the dick (if you are going to talk to me about her freak son, grow the fuck up). The Tzar loved his wife so he was paralyzed to act. He figured he could buy time and ride the situation out, and everything would work out. But obviously it didn't, because why would it?

So you know what happened? One day everyone at the court but the Tzar went Roman Senate on Rasputins ass. They poisoned him, they shot him, and eventually they threw him in a river and drowned his ass. And guess what? Shit improved after, because some mercury swilling huckster wasn't at the levers of state power anymore.

Moral of the story? Crazy people don't get less crazy. The longer they are allowed to stay on, the more damage they do. And the harder it is to get rid of them.

Good story eh, Murray Edwards?

God Bless King Ralph. Best wishes, get healthy.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired. Especially after saying that Mike Keenan ruined Dion's development by playing him lots of minutes against good competition. That man comes off more daft than Darryl. And we like how Kerr has lots to say about Keenan the moment Keenan leaves the room, but never had anything to say about the man while he was here. Stay classy.


  1. Like you, I don't believe Sutter when he speaks and he's told some doozies to the media over the years, but this:

    We had to trade Dion to keep Gio and Bourque

    is beyond the pale. After dealing Phaneuf, he re-signed Stajan to a $3M+ contract, acquired $3M worth of Kotalik over the next few years and then traded for $2.7M worth Steve "healthy scratch" Staios.

    I really wonder if he's spinning sophistry in front of the press for fun or if he actually believes his own BS at this point.

  2. Either way, he has to go. Could you imagine a multimillion dollar corporation's CEO saying stuff like this and keeping their job?

    That Hayword cat at BP got canned after his stuff. Same situation.

    Eventually the stupid reflects not just on Darryl but on Murray Edwards, and the Calgary Flames, as well.

  3. I wonder what E.France was thinking when D.Sut was talking this garbage. "OMFG"

    Plus, nothing beets sutter telling us how the cap works.

    Also, I used to think sutter thought the fans/media were dumb, now i think he is that stupid.

    I was listening when Kerr and Loubo were discussing the Dion trade, and its amazing what people will say when the person they hate is not in the room. I lost alot for Kerr yesterday.

    Lastly, no one is a good teammate on a loseing team, just like winning makes teams have fun.

    You know the farm is a great place to get an education, too bad Darryl spent all that time on the ice.


  4. Speaking of hucksters, Darryl has learned well under the tutelage of Ken King...the only difference is that King can coherently string more than 2 syllables together, so at least his bullshit comes off as refined.

    The jig is up, and as mentioned, every day that it is allowed to continue I question more the integrity of the Flames Ownership Group - as always in life the rot starts at the head and spreads from there.

    Peace out!

  5. in other news, jblow plays the puck instead of the man in front of the net (a little russian man at that) and it ends up a goal. i finally see what you mean..

    go ask ales, i think she'll know!

  6. there are a lot of good things in this article (good=valid, and good=funny) but i want to briefly touch on the "keenan played dion too much" thing because i think you're misunderstanding it.

    there's a post on my site in the weeks before the trade (so, jan2009) that i couldn't be bothered to look up, with a clip from HNIC. in it, kelly hrudey does an exceptionally accurate breakdown of dion's defensive laziness, and chalks it up to the long SHIFTS that keenan was giving him; namely that a hockey player who's on the ice for minutes at a time learns to 'rest' at points. like him or not, this is something that a guy like jaybouw does exceptionally, and a guy like dion fails at miserably.

    my guess is that loubo also saw this clip (recently, i'm guessing, when he was surfing the archives at hitthepost, no doubt) and then didn't bother to explain it correctly. because i have to say that i agree dion's development stalled when he started playing big minute SHIFTS against tough comp.


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