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What is it like to be Marc Mancari? December 8, 2010

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I’ve often wondered, as I’ve watched Marc Mancari, whether in training camp, preseason, or in a call-up situation – what is it like to be Marc Mancari? To my mind, he’s too good for the AHL and not good enough for the NHL (side note: sometimes I hope players don’t read my blog). So does it suck to be him because he’ll never realize his dream of playing full-time in the NHL, or is he happy becauseĀ  he still gets to play the game he loves and makes decent-enough money?

In Portland, and in Rochester before that, he’s an integral part of the team. He’s a veteran player and one of the leaders on and off the ice. He logs big minutes and is counted on to help his team win every night. He’s got a good chance of making the AHL All-Star team each year. These are all things he wouldn’t experience as part of an NHL team. Logic dictates that he would be happy.

But he’s a professional athlete, and professional athletes (so they tell us) strive to the best. If that’s the case, is he dissatisfied with his life?

I’d hate to think so, because if someone goes through their entire career never accepting what they are when it doesn’t appear there’s any way to change their circumstances, they’re doomed to a lot of miserable days. For his sake, I hope he’s happy. I hope he tries to be the best he can be, but if that means being one of the best players in the AHL, then that’s what it means.

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Pirates vs. Americans 11/12/09 Postmortem November 12, 2009

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Since I don’t know the team as well this is going to be an abbreviated post. Plus, I think I’m getting sick, so I’m going to bed soon. A decent amount/quality of sleep is nearly impossible when you have an 11-month-old child, so I need all the help I can get. Moving on…

This was a huge win for the Pirates – the Amerks are a much better team with a much better record. Too bad more fans weren’t on hand to see it. Announced attendance was 4,600. Didn’t look like that many to me, but what do I know?

Liked:

  • The top line of Mancari, Ennis, and Gogulla – created chances all night.
  • Tyler Ennis – he’s little, but he’s feisty. He’s kind of like what Gerbe has looked like when I’ve watched him at the AHL level, not so much the NHL level where he seemed to disappear.
  • TJ Brennan – played a simple game, but was pretty effective.
  • Paul Byron – scored a beauty of a shorthanded goal.
  • Kyle Vanwig – the Amerks repeatedly tried to get him to fight. He didn’t take the bait. To make things even worse, he scored the last goal (into an empty net, but still).
  • Drew Schiestel – another d-man who played within himself.

Didn’t like:

  • Nathan Gerbe didn’t play. I don’t know why, but I’d guess he was injured. Thank you, Captain Obvious.
  • The Pirates’ energy level in the first period. They got better in the second and played the third about even with the Amerks. Where have we heard that before?
  • Mike Weber – he didn’t do anything specific to deserve this, but he also doesn’t look like a player who should be making the jump to the NHL.
  • The goal horn. Did it have to be that loud? Were they compensating for the lack of fans in the building?

Sabres play Calgary tomorrow night. I hope they all live through it – Dion Phaneuf is a badass.

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