so here it is: sunday feedback on monday AGAIN.
last week's poll was an attempt to gauge the general consensus about the jokinen trade, and i'm actually pretty excited about the results:
68% YAY / 31% NAY. what makes this exciting, of course, is that now i have comparison numbers for the season's end when i ask it again... or around this time next year when we adore him/can't stand him.
jokinen was the flames' best guy on saturday in the ACC, while the majority of the team (the defence, especially) took turns stinking up the joint. it was an embarassment, the likes of which i haven't seen in awhile ---and i watched the atlanta game !!! ;) i remember the days the flames could score six goals and win handily ???? these days, if the C's have six goals FOR, it's hardly the time for smiles and excitement... it's the time to sheepishly find out how many goals AGAINST....
but while the finger can be pointed at the coaching staff, all six blueliners, the forward corps, AND the goaltender (i give Qmac a 'get out of jail free' card on this one), apparently dion phaneuf needs a refresher course on what his job entails, as he commented on his team's erratic play in toronto:
“They’ve got a lot of skill up front. A lot of speed coming out of the corners. They threw pucks to the net all night. When you throw pucks to the net, it’s difficult to defend, and they came out on top.”
-dion phaneuf in the flames insider (calgary herald)
uhhh.... sorry, WHAT ????????
that is the biggest cop-out response to a media question i've maybe ever heard in professional sports.
allow me to debunk:
1. toronto absolutely does NOT have a "lot of skill up front". they've got a handful of guys with speed who can score ("fast and with moves" ?). and by handful, i mean that you can PROBABLY count blake, ponikarovsky, grabovski, and stajan (maybe) in that pack. beyond that, they've got the "burke blue collar guys" up front, one or two of whom might be considered to have a decent skill level (mitchell, mayers, stempniak). the remainder of the roster was filled with with AHL call-up/4th line plugger types.
2. the last time i checked, calgary's entire philosophy is based on hard work on the boards and winning puck battles in the corners. if toronto has "a lot of speed coming out of the corners" (i'll allow this to stand as a fact), it is DION'S JOB TO HELP SHUT THIS SPEED DOWN.
3. "They threw pucks to the net all night." uh hunh.... SO ??? perhaps this is more a criticism on mike keenan and defensive-specialist jim playfair, but i'm guessing that most teams' offensive strategy involves aiming the black rubber disc towards the goal. if it's so "difficult to defend" this M.O, i suppose i should get used to my beloved team giving up 8 goals/night. it's not like toronto had some sneak attack planned. they. threw. pucks. to. the. net.... GAWD.
which brings us to this week's sunday feedback poll: