here we go, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the NHL regular season and
I’ve already got a couple of rants up my sleeve! So hurry back from the
concession stand and let’s go!
Bonehead of the Month
friend “uLAr” alluded to this a little bit at the end of our season preview
article, and I need to say this right here and now: Allan Walsh is an idiot.
Sure, he is only one player agent out of many, but he certainly isn’t
earning any respect from me.
only did he give John Muckler of the Ottawa Senators fits while they tried to
secure a contract for Martin Havlat, but now he’d like everybody in Minnesota to
believe Marian Gaborik is worth cabbage of Shaquille O’ Neal proportions! The
last straw for Gaborik came when the Wild put a three year, $9 million deal on
the table, and Walsh blatantly refused it.
Did I miss something here? The Wild are in their fourth year of operations,
Gaborik is an up and coming superstar who has signed just his second contract,
and somehow or another this moron thinks he’s the six million dollar man?
Somebody take a hockey stick and whack this guy in the head, please, then give
him a five minute major and a game misconduct for putting the puck in his own
net! Perhaps it will knock some sense into him.
Gaborik did the right thing and fired this turkey of an agent, which is why we
can now finally look forward to seeing him back in a Minnesota uniform. The
word is out, if you want a deal done, don’t call Walsh, he’ll call you. Oh, and
by the way, pigs can fly.
insult to injury, recently Walsh had his car broken into and guess what was
sitting on the passenger seat? A briefcase chock full of confidential player
information. Stuff like contract proposals, statistics, letters to a few
undisclosed teams stating their latest offer is not considered to be serious
enough. Luckily, a nice old lady from Montreal found this briefcase at the side
of the road and turned in the goods to the local authorities. I can’t even
begin to imagine what may have happened had this briefcase fallen into the wrong
time where NHL owners are trying to make some financial sense of the game before
so called armageddon hits in 2004, here’s a guy who thinks he’s living a scene
from “Jerry Maguire”. The only thing I’ve heard coming from his camp is “Show
me the money”. Well I’ve got news for him, we can do without arrogant agents
such as this jerk. Allan Walsh, we here at Puckin’ Around would like to present
you with the October “Bonehead Of The Month” award, along with a middle finger
salute where the sun doesn’t shine. Schwing!
2 Minutes for what?
me get this straight. Slashing was a penalty last week, but this week it’s only
a penalty if the stick explodes all over the ice? Spearing apparently is not a
penalty, but when the player speared can’t make it back to the bench before the
line change is completed, now all of a sudden it’s a bench minor for too many
men on the ice?
wonder players are going back to wooden sticks, they don’t break as easily and
they knock out teeth better.
miss something or do they now require three referees on the ice and four
linesmen when Detroit and Nashville hook up next? Maybe they should put Bryan
Berard out there in zebra stripes, he can probably see what’s happening better
than Mr. Magoo or whatever his name is. There’s only one problem, they’ll have
to convince him to stop being a Chicago Blackhawk.
the next memo to go out to teams around the league should be a reminder to
goaltenders: if you accidentally throw your stick towards the corner boards,
there will be an automatic penalty shot called, and chirping about it will get
you an additional two minutes in the sin bin. Another memo which needs to go
out there is to remind all NHL referees of a refresher course on the rules of
the game, although attendance probably won’t be mandatory given the way the game
is called (or not) today.
ranting for one day, time now to recognize some of the good things we’ve seen
this past month.
predicted Atlanta will make the playoffs this year, little did I know it
wouldn’t turn out to be such a bold statement. Not only are they off to a great
start, they’re looking to challenge for home ice advantage, but let’s not get
too far ahead of ourselves. Let’s see how the Thrashers do in November and
December. I’m still sticking with my prediction 100%, regardless of what
happens. While we’re on the topic, Ilya Kovalchuk (that’s Koval”chuck” this
year, not Koval”chook” as it was last year) could score 82 goals this season if
his current pace is any indication. I’ll go so far as to say he should be good
for 50 goals and at least 82 points. It’s a good thing I picked him in my
season Brett Hull scored his 700th goal, this season he has passed
Phil Esposito on the all-time goals scored list and can realistically climb into
third all time if he can beat Marcel Dionne who sits with 731. As of this
writing, Hull has 721 and is on pace to end the season in third behind only Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894). If we have hockey next year he could
even move into second place, but there’s no way he’ll beat Wayne.
finally, congratulations to all players, builders and media figures inducted
into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. Inductees this year include goaltender
Grant Fuhr, forward Pat LaFontaine, general manager Mike Illitch, and coach
Brian Kilrea. Receiving the Foster Hewitt Memorial award is the “Voice of the
Oilers” Rod Phillips, and receiving the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for
excellence in journalism is none other than Sports Illustrated hockey writer
hand with all the induction ceremonies come the debates as to who should be
there versus who shouldn’t. It would be pretty hard to argue this year’s
inductees, but other names out there such as Glenn Anderson, Cam Neely, Andy
Moog, Mike Richter and more are still awaiting a call from hockey’s ultimate
shrine. One thing I do know, all of the above will be inducted into the hall
long before I will.
all I have for this time folks, stay tuned for more right here.