1.28.2007

Late post

Okay, okay, sorry for missing a few posts. I could only think of small things to write, and I'm kind of weird about writing something long so, here are a few thoughts.

-The Phoenix Coyotes continue to lose, yet they continue to only use call-ups in case of injury. Well, there is one major injury and that is that the Coyotes are losing, big time. Don Maclean, who has excelled in the AHL, has only played 9 games for the Dogs, while Enver Lisin has played all of 17 games, and has scored the same points as Maclean, a goal and an assist. Bill Thomas and Yanick Lehoux have yet to be called up, but the Desert Dogs seem to be content with players such as Fredrik Sjostrom scoring 11 points, or Jeremy Roenick scoring 15.

-Malkin, Crosby, Ovechkin, Sakic, and all the other All-Star calibre players out there deserve attention, but not all of it. I find it hard to locate an article that gives credit to someone like Steven Reinprecht for being the Dogs top scorer if you pro-rate his totals. Or what about Ryane Clowe just 5 points short of a point per game for San-Jose, and Maxime Talbot and Jordan Staal giving the Penguins every chance of scoring short-handed.

-I am a huge NHL fan, but if anyone ever asks me what my favorite team is, my answer comes out as; "Well.....I like the Stars....but the Penguins are pretty cool....but my New York team is the Islanders.....gee, I like them all." The thing is that I appreciate just about any player. With the Flyers, I say, Jeff Carter just keeps getting better and better, and Ryan Potulny might get some Calder votes. With the Sabres, well, I like all of them except Andrew Peters, and if he gets any goals this year, it will be cool.

-The 8-10% of people that want fighting out of the NHL are winning. Watching the NBC broadcast of Detroit vs. Colorado, I saw a few interesting things. These 2 teams have a strong rivalry with many fights, including the famous goalie fights between Patrick Roy, Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood, and Claude Lemiuex basically was hated by the whole team, having run-ins with Kris Draper and Darren McCarty specifically. But there was never less physical play between the teams tonight. Kris Draper roughed it up a little, but other than him and a hard hit or two, like the one on Pavel Datsyuk, there wasn't the normal amount of fighting.

More to come later today, probably part 2 of Others to watch.