k, so i'm a little late on the subject (a lot late, to be honest) but i was in new york when i found out about the flames' latest acquisition and couldn't be bothered to spend 5 bucks per half hour of internet use in some random bagel shop that was hotter than an oven.
here's what i wrote on a napkin at the dumont in williamsburg, as i ate the best macaroni and cheese i've ever had in my entire life:
i've had a bit of time to really think about this bertuzzi business, but i'm still undecided on my feelings. my initial reaction was pure horror, shock, and disgust, but since we're stuck with him (and i don't have enough time left in new york to become an official rangers fan), i'm trying to open my mind on the situation. i'm seeking the silver lining. there's GOT to be one....
with very limited access to the internet, i can't do the proper research, but my first question would revolve around iggy & bertuzzi's historical involvement in team canada situations (ie: olympics). did they ever play on the same line ??? obviously, they would know each other... do they LIKE each other ?? did iginla SUGGEST bertuzzi, or did he, like me, see the news yesterday and yell "WHAT ??!!" with a very hard, staccato "T" ?
[note: it now appears that iggy had a hand in bringing big bert into the flaming fold]
i would also need to look into bertuzzi's actual position. GOD i hope he's a left, or can shoot left (though that would imply he's fit for the first line). he played alright with the kids last year in the OC, and put up some rather decent numbers for his limited time on ice.
PRO: he may leave cammaleri to play with lombo (which i would LOVE).
CON: he may be arsenic in a room full of rats (as though keenan wasn't already enough).
can the flames fans stand it ? i referred to him all last year as "BOOtuzzi". i'm not sure they'll be able to love him after so many years of vitriol...
those were my thoughts and i'm stickin' to 'em... so ol' todd is a RW who shoots left. i presume they'll stick him on the first line with iggy and langks, and that could be a good thing. they'll be hard to move and have some skill and size... i'm gonna try to take the high road on this one.
what i'd RATHER talk about is that the flames have hired on jamie mclennan as a goalie scout. i'm SUPER excited about that, though not at all surprised. his appearance at prospect camp last summer when not signed to the team led me to believe he would end up in the flames office at some point, and his short stint in the russian league led me to believe it would happen sooner rather than later.
i guess that's it for the moment.
thanks to MG for keeping me in the loop once again while i was out of the country....