What The Puck: Reflecting On The Week That Was In The NHL
Welcome back to our second edition of What The Puck. Last week we touched on the Buffalo Sabres and ticket sales along with in Russia goalie beat you, you not beat goalie.
This week we are taking a look back on what Ray Emery and Frank Seravalli did last week from our perspective here at Pucking Hockey.
What The Puck: Ray Emery Was Just Installing Confidence
Feel free to call me a looney tune in the comments below but what Frank Seravalli did was much more embarrassing than what Ray Emery did. Seravalli named Emery the 3rd star of the game because it was “excitement” and brought the crowd “alive”.
No Frank, that’s not why you name a hockey player a star of the game. Thankfully though, the Flyers have banned him from naming stars the remainder of the season. Now only if they could ban him from wearing clown makeup when he talks Flyers hockey on TV.
Now as for Ray Emery, is there really any difference between Emery’s incident and Patrick Roy’s incident?
Besides delivering physical pain, there is no difference.
The Flyers are a complete mess. Fragile and have absolutely NO confidence this season. They’re the Colorado Avalanche of last season. They are afraid to make passes, Giroux can’t even deke anymore and forget about fighting. Thy currently have two players injured due to fighting.
Down 7-0 to the Capitals, Wayne Simmonds had enough after Joel Ward scored his first career hat trick. Simmonds blew a fuse and started fighting, this then was followed by Emery skating down the ice chasing…yes chasing…after Caps goalie Braden Holtby. Am I the only one who finds it odd that Simmonds and Emery went nuts after Ward scored a hat trick….catch my drift?
Anyways, Holtby knew what was coming, he saw the highlights when Emery was a Senator, he didn’t want any part of Emery.
Was there any conversation involved with Holtby at all?
“Yeah a little bit. I don’t remember. He didn’t want a fight but I said basically protect yourself. He didn’t really have much of a choice.” -Emery
It’s not like Emery didn’t give Holtby a chance to defend himself or fight back. Sure Emery could have backed off a bit when Holtby was down and out but that’s the zebra’s job to stop fights like that. But you can blame Francois St. Laurent for just standing there with his thumb up his ass.
So was this incident necessary?
YOU CAN BET YOUR PUCKING WALLET IT WAS NECESSARY!
Look at what Roy did in his first game behind the bench. He knew going into this season that the Avs were a fragile team with no confidence. In his very first game Ducks forward Corey Perry was chirping at his players. Roy blew a fuse and started barking back, then almost crushed Bruce Boudreau with a pane of glass.Since then the Avs are 12-1 and are playing with a ton of confidence.
The very next game the Flyers – for only the 2nd time this season – looked like a team with confidence. They did only score one goal but the bottom line was, they won 1-0. Oh and Ray Emery had a shut out, you mad?
Now only time will tell if what Emery did will pay off….but I believe it will.
With all that being said. The pencil pushing media needs to stop crying about this incident and move on. None of these media folks have ever played the game of hockey before. They know absolutely nothing about emotions or this game. They just know how to push pencils and drive the fans into the wrong direction of what hockey is all about.
Think about it, do YOU really think that if the NHL thought this was a serious incident they would NOT fine or even suspend Emery? Sure there’s no rule for what he did but in today’s game they easily find ways to suspend players. Not this incident though.
The league will however consider adding a rule about this incident but don’t expect it to stick.
The 3 Most Important Things That Happened Last Week
1. The New York Islanders acquired Thomas Vanek. The Islanders have long been known as a frugal franchise but with new ownership, they might be heading in a different direction. Vanek gives the team a proven sniper who has had 40-goal seasons. Along with John Tavares, the Isles now have a solid foundation up front.
2. Edmonton Oilers have lost four straight. As important as the Oilers wins were last week, so was their four-game losing streak that followed it up. The Oilers are lacking cohesion and with just three wins in their first 15 games have been the biggest disappointment in the NHL.
3. The New York Rangers (finally) returned home. The Rangers started the season with a nine-game road trip, which is nothing short of ridiculous. They finally returned home to the newly-renovated Madison Square Garden but $1 billion in upgrades didn’t help them on the ice. They lost their home opener 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens.
The 3 Leading Favorites For The Jack Adams Award Are…
Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche
Roy is the odds-on favorite right now as he’s in the process of coordinating one of the biggest turnarounds in NHL history. The Avs had just 39 points in 48 games last season and were dead last in the Western Conference. They already have 20 points in 11 games and have been the most impressive team in the NHL to date.
Randy Carlyle, Toronto Maple Leafs
Carlyle was working with a full deck but still, getting the most out of a talented team is not something that every coach can do (see: Dallas Eakins). The Leafs are not just good; their 20 points lead the East entering Thursday’s action.
Todd McLellan, San Jose Sharks
He was supposed to be a dead man walking. Instead, McLellan has somehow got his Sharks to not only buy into the system – again – but to play as a team possessed. We’ll see if they can keep this up, though. Remember, the Sharks have regularly made the playoffs under McLellan but the problem has been that they’ve failed to last long in the postseason.
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