Posted on: June 15, 2009 11:27 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 11:30 pm
After completing the worst modern day collapse in NHL history. Blowing a 2-0 and 3-2 lead. And losing Game 7 in their famed Joe Louis Arena, weasel and all around loser Kris Draper, who rode Steve Yzerman's coattails to glory, made a silly comment that simply won't go away. Perhaps the Penguins should've used some Ortho Max Defense on that annoying and arrogant Redheaded Gnat. Humilated by the fact that they choked on their own ego, the Red Wings were trying to pull a Lebron. by rushing the traditional handshake.
Last year, though devistated by a home Cup-clinching game by the Red Wings, the Penguins stared and waited patiently for Detroit to complete their celebration before lining up for the handshake. It was a long time as the Penguins soaked up the entire moment as added motivation to get them back to the Finals and win. But the Red Wings gave the Penguins two to three minutes at best before lining up and demanding that they get it over right. How is that the Penguins' fault. I know if I won the Stanley Cup in dramatic fashion. Joining the '71 Montreal Canadiens as the last team to clinch the Stanley Cup on the road, I'd be on Cloud Nine. Estatic. I'd be way too busy hugging each and every player from the regulars to the significant part-timers like talented Alex Goligoski go helped keep the Penguins afloat while Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar were hurt. Not to mention Assistant Coaches, Equipment Mangaers, Trainers and family members. The list goes on and on. That would at least take 10 minutes. Not three.
I know it's difficult to lose. Especially when every expert except for Jim Down and ESPN The Magazine's E.J. Radek practically guaranteed the win to Detroit. Intelligent coach Mike Babcock kept on preaching experience and it's significance. But the problem is the roster had never played a winner take all Game 7. His decision to skip the morning practice might've been a bit of overconfidence. Sure the Joe Lous Arena has been a House Of Horrors for Marc-Andre Fleury who looked lost outside of The Igloo. But never underestimate the athele's will to overcome. Though he was a hard-luck loser at the World Junior Championships twice. One to Team Russia. One to Team USA, scouts pegged Fleury a winner and I guess all of them couldn't have been wrong. Mike Milbury's comments about him last year were a bit too harsh. But in the long run, it made #29 better. I'm so happy for him. He's the ultimate winner now. Something no one can take away from him. But the media automatically thought Osgood would win. That the Penguins' underrated defense of Rob Scuderi, Brooks Orpik, Sergei Gonchar, Mark Eaton and Kris Letang threw a Steel Curtain Defence of their own. Instead of admitting defeat they scower for excuses.
Then came Kris Draper's ridiclious comments. I know you're crushed by losing to someone you still think is inferior but do you have Aleismer's Disease or something. Do you recall last year? Though fighting off tears Sidney Crosby waited 10+ minutes for the Red Wings to be ready already before leading the Handshake Line. If you showed common consideration and allow him his 10+ mniutes, wouldn't he return the favor?
The fact that classy Niklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg didn't just admit that they tried to rush the traditional handshake process speaks volumes. "I hope Crosby learns from this?" Are you serious. give the kid time to hug each and every person the same way he waited for you in 2008, Niklas and Henrick.
Posted on: June 15, 2009 9:39 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 9:44 pm
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Posted on: June 13, 2009 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 9:12 pm
After coming oh so close to winning a Stanley Cup, Marian Hossa's agent made it clear that he was interested in returning. So Ray Shero (unwise to say the least) would have to juggle salaries and perhaps let go hard-hitting anchor Brooks Orpik or mutli-talented Jordan Staal. Luckily. Yes luckily, Marian Hossa was an Indian Giver. He scorned them in favor of Swedish average player-rich Detroit. Meanwhile, perenial 20-goal scorer Ryan Malone (who was invisible in the Finals, missing Crosby passes left and right) took Tampa Bay's ludicrious 7 million a year offer. Though playing with twin Supestars, he could only manage about 60 points. That's it? You're kidding right? Steve Larmer averaged 38 goals/84 points playing with Spin-O-Rama Superstar Denis Savard. Since Malone is physcial. Shouldn't we expect Keith Tkachuk-type numbers? He was a perenial 45 goal scorer when he played with Superstar Teemu Selanne and underrated Alexei Zhamnov. But Tkachuk is a superstar and a future Hall Of Famer. Malone isn't fit to carry his jock strap. Hope you enjoy playing golf in the Sunshine State, Ryan.