Sunday, January 17, 2010

flames v. ducks: revisiting the past


i spent a little time re-reading some old posts and decided it was fine time to go again on the poll i did exactly ten months ago where i perfectly described this kind of experiment about the joker, "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."

ps: that post also goes into detail about how terrible dion's play had been, and his (infamous) quote about how the leafs are a hard team to defend against because they "throw pucks to the net all night." *snicker* when i think about how stalled dion's development is since that time, i can't help but ask myself, "we're in a whole world of fucking trouble here, eh ??"

so i'm sitting here on my couch avoiding doing the housework i SWORE i'd get to today, watching game seven of the 1986 flames v. oilers series. cheezus that's awesome hockey.... i'm so very excited to see the berezan goal (aka: steve smith off of fuhr) but i gotta say this: if the flames hadn't won this game, both reinhart and his defensive partner (al macinnis) would've gotten hung out to dry.... big al sure coughed up the puck a few times.... oh, and also ? håkan loob is still by far my favorite player of all time. what hands that guy had..... an absolute JOY to watch....

in saying that, it becomes obvious to me that PRECISELY what the 2009/2010 flames are lacking IS håkan loob.... think about it: every good current nhl team has at least one of those "finesse" guys who can stickhandle out of trouble, thread the needle on a perfect pass, speed in on net with full puck control, and just generally make most opposing defensemen look incompetant. the oilers have (*ahem* had) hemsky. the 'hawks have kane. the sharks have heatley. the nucks have sedins. the wings have z'berg.... infact, if you look closely at alot of this year's struggling teams, they have largely elected to substitute elite power forwards (in the iginla mold) for the loob-type of pure skill player; toronto, columbus, carolina, and dallas come to mind, here.

so there you go. problem solved. daz ? get us a tricky euro.
cup = as good as ours.... ;)

by the way: perry berezan was on the bench when the series winning goal went in. if ever there was a great argument for getting the puck deep into the opposing zone before a shift change, that's gotta be it. ;)

6 comments:

walkinvisible said...

risebrough, bozek, loob seems like a weird line. meh. they figured it out three years later, i guess... ;)

Hayley M. said...

This is precisely what I've been complaining about since the season started. Since Huselius left, the Flames haven't been able to find and keep a player with his skill set. The Tanguay experiment failed and Cammy was clearly a temporary fix. We've all been taught to believe that these types of players don't "fit" within the Sutters' vision of a tough, hard working, two-way team when their skills are what this team is so desperately lacking. I don't understand how a skilled playmaker/finisher who can make a difference in a game doesn't "fit" on any team.

walkinvisible said...

i think that daz thought jokinen fit both needs: big and strong but with good stick skills.... i think we can chalk that up to an epic failure...

what TRULY bums me out is that neither niclas loob nor henrik loob ever amounted to much... what can i say ? i love a good storybook ending. :)

shep said...

loob! he was so good. still the only swede with 50 goals on a season.

in fact, the art ross in the sel is the håkan loob trophy (but im sure you knew this)

shep said...

i've talked to one of the loob brothers btw, he played on the local minor league team for a year or two in the city where i grew up and played junior hockey in.

walkinvisible said...

shep:
it's really funny cause i was gonna link to the loob award wiki page but it didn't seem to fit.... and i often speak about how loob still holds the NHL scoring title (usually when i'm talking about how much i hate alfredsson)... ;)

as for niclas and henrik, when i was in sweden 2004, i went to see skåre play kumla (i was staying with friends in köping) JUST to watch the brothers.... they were both injured.... hahaha... *sigh*