Saturday, April 18, 2015

Second Look At McGrattan?

If Hartley wants to go beefy, I think you go with Bollig/Shore/McGrattan. I don't know if it's possible to play this combination of players, what with McGrattan not being, you know, on the NHL roster. But if it is, and you want beef, that's a good place to start. Hartley is already showing an unwillingness to play his fourth line very much, so I don't know if I'm too worried about them burning us by playing them. More of a deterrent.

Of course, to do that, you'd have to sit some players who are better at playing hockey than the aforementioned are. But if Hartley is in the school of thought that the games are going to get less pretty and more heavy, and is eager to sacrifice skill to play size, then I'd expect to see something like that.

Myself? I'm not so sure. I'd definitely sit Bollig for McGrattan (again, if that's even allowable under the rules) if I was looking for a bit of a 'cheaper' nuclear option. I think, perhaps strangely, the presence of a vet like McGrattan, who enforcers the game the right way, would calm both sides down moreso than Bollig's presence has.

But I don't know if I'm looking for a nuclear option. If I was Hartley, I just might take Bieksa's advice and play Raymond. Vancouver is playing all their lines. And our team has injuries. Or at the very least our top skill guys are playing more hesitantly than they have before. We need as many guys in the lineup who can potentially put the puck in the net or make and accept a pass as possible, if you ask me.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Story About Our Loveable Flames

A client came in and had a story about the Flames which I thought was cute so I am going to share it.

So it turns out Jarome Iginla fought... naw I'm just playing.

The story is about the current crop of characters,

The client's friend took a trip down south. I forget the city now, to be honest. It's not important. The client's friend took his kid with him. He pulls some strings and he gets it arranged for Gaudreau to sign his kids jersey after the game.

So game ends and homie goes down into the bowels of whatever arena they were in, and homie and his kid are waiting for Gaudreau to come out and sign the jersey. The locker room door opens up, Gaudreau comes out, and he starts to sign the kids jersey.

"What the hell are you doing? I was the first star of the game, not him. You want my autograph, kid, not his."

It's Hudler talking junk! He's talking junk on Gaudreau! They like each other!

Anyway, Hudler invites the kid in, and, according to the client (I have no idea) Hudler gives the kid a jersey, and then signs it. And then Monahan sees the commotion, and he starts chirping Hudler. "You wouldn't be the first star if I didn't do all the work. Kid, you want my autograph!" And then he apparently gives the kid a signed jersey as well.

(I suspect they all just signed the one jersey and the story has been embellished but I don't know and frankly it's not important why am I quibbling on this detail?)

So the kid was in boner city, I imagine, what with the good players on the team making a big deal about getting to sign his jersey. I know I would be and I'm old, not eight like the kid was.

Super cute, right? Anyway, that's the story.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Raw: Who Acquired Who?


I mucked that list up pretty bad because I don't know July comes before December. Other than that, the story was accurate. 

I learned how a calendar works, and I have updated the list accordingly. This one should be better. 

Just a quick look at who acquired the current team:

I have a funny way of spelling "Weisbrod"

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.