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Sabres vs. Coyotes 10-8-09 Postmortem October 9, 2009

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I wasn’t able to watch this game really closely because of other stuff going on (how dare they!), but here are some of my impressions:

Liked:

  • Tyler Myers. Another strong game. He’s a keeper.
  • Ryan Miller. Made key saves when it counted.
  • Pat Kaleta. Good boy, Patty. Make ALL the teams afraid of you.
  • Last minute of the game. Calm, cool, and collected.
  • Hecht/Gaustad/Grier. LOVE LOVE LOVE this line.

Didn’t like:

  • Players talking to the refs. That’s what the coach and the captains are for. Memo to Derek Roy – the refs don’t like you already. Don’t  make it worse.
  • Little response after the Myers hit. I know the game was tied, yada yada yada, but there’s got to be something they can do.
  • Harry Neale. Sorry, I just don’t like him.
  • How many of the star players look sloppy. I’ve never seen Pominville have as much trouble controlling the puck as he is this season. Vanek didn’t play a strong game. Roy didn’t either.
  • Total lack of ability to win faceoffs. By my quick calculations Phoenix won 65% of the faceoffs. Not good, boys, not good.
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Joe Sakic, we hardly knew thee… October 1, 2009

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Mostly because I don’t follow the Western Conference as much as the East.

But that’s my fault, not his. I do know he was a great player, a great teammate, and a great captain. The Avs will miss his steadying influence.

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I predict he will tear up when they retire his jersey tonight. I predict his children will be adorable. I predict I will tear up when I see him and his adorable children.

UPDATE: Stoic Joe didn’t choke up, but his children were adorable.

Kids, if you want to emulate a hockey player (that means play like him for you youngins), watch some video of Joe Sakic. Do what he does and you’ll be all right. You can certainly do a lot worse.

Was he or wasn’t he? September 15, 2009

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Conflicting reports coming out of Montreal that Andrei Markov was offered the captaincy but turned it down. Team officials say the offer was never made, Markov (from what I saw) hasn’t commented.

I would believe the team never offered it, but I would also not be surprised if he turned it down. First, why don’t I think the team offered it? Because it’s too early in the season with all these new guys to be anointing someone captain. You need to know how team chemistry is building (or not building) before deciding who should be helming the ship.

Second, why do I think he might’ve turned it down? Because Markov is one of the prototypically shy Russian players. His English isn’t great and he doesn’t look comfortable talking in public. That’s a tough combo when you’re supposed to be the face of the team.

Everyone is always shocked when a player turns down the captaincy, but there are often legitimate reasons. Markov may think someone else would be more fit for the role. Maybe he simply doesn’t want it – some players are better able to handle the additional responsibility than others. It’s his choice.

Demystifying NHL rules – part 2 September 11, 2009

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Captaincy: now here’s one that seems to get broken all the time…

Here’s the rule:

One Captain shall be appointed by each team, and he alone shall have the privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game. He shall wear the letter “C,” approximately three inches (3”) in height and in contrasting color, in a conspicuous position on the front of his sweater. No co-Captains are permitted. Either one Captain and no more than two Alternate Captains, or no Captain an no more than three Alternate Captains are permitted (see 6.2).

Only the Captain, when invited to do so by the Referee, shall have the privilege of discussing any point relating to the interpretation of rules. Any Captain, Alternate Captain or any player or goalkeeper who comes off the bench and makes any protest or intervention with the officials for any purpose shall be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct under Rule 40 – Abuse of Officials. Should this protest continue, he may be assessed a misconduct penalty, and if it further continues, a game misconduct penalty shall be warranted.

A complaint about a penalty is NOT a matter “relating to the interpretation of the rules” and a minor penalty shall be imposed against any Captain, Alternate Captain or any other player or goalkeeper making such a complaint.

The Referee and Official Scorer shall be advised, prior to the start of each game, the name of the Captain and the Alternate Captains of both teams.

No playing Coach or playing Manager or goalkeeper shall be permitted to act as Captain or Alternate Captain.

Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way… let’s think about how often that rule gets broken. First, the whole “one captain” thing. I think they mean only one captain at a time. Otherwise the co-captains the Sabres had a few years ago would be illegal. It would also mean that the rotating captaincy would not be allowed.

Then there’s the matter of the penalty protest. Seriously? Even if a captain or an alternate captain complains they get a penalty? Rightttt. Considering Derek Roy doesn’t often wear a letter it would seem he should be spending a lot of quality time in the box if that rule was enforced.

So. Does the rule just not get enforced?

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