In Detroit — the city that invented the car production line — it’s no surprise to know that the Red Wings once created the “goalie machine” because they needed a better way to express themselves.
Manager Jack Adams is in charge, and his product includes Hall of Famers such as Harry Lumley, Terry Sawchuk and Glenn Hall, as well as Cup winner Johnny Mowers. Not to mention a nice little guy named Roger Crozier.
Wouldn’t it be neat to have a high-tech 2022 model “goalkeeper machine” now. After all, the NHL’s goalies have either fallen left and right, or been sidelined by attrition, salary capism, or some other crazy issue.
I opened Hockey News the other day, what did I read? However, another goalkeeper this season is gone.Jonathan Bernier of New Jersey past Now hip surgery is coming.
Never in more than half a century of hockey have I seen so many goalkeepers injured, forced to retire or replaced by young Turks.
Granted, it’s much harder to create a contemporary Jack Adams-esque “goalie machine.” There are too many complications now. Wings bosses were in operation when clubs could acquire youth players simply by having their children sign a “C” form.
This is Wings capturing Sawchuks, Halls, Wait. exist. There are no agents to worry about, and no inventions like the players union or the salary cap. Give them a Type C, a few hundred bucks, and get him to sign.
Not that we lack good, young rubber stoppers. Although in some cases – like Toronto’s Jack Campbell – they need time to mature, still fresh, unpretentious goalkeepers are emerging quickly.
Others, like Florida’s Spencer Knight, rise too quickly and need more sunlight for minors. Then there was the strange case of Matt Murray in Pittsburgh, and then Ottawa. He slipped easily into the crease of Marc-Andre Fleury and won two trophies. Then, when he became very rich with a lucrative Ottawa contract, Murray’s quality of play disappeared like a stale banana.
So do some other guys who look better than Murray right now. Check out some curios collected by my super detective Alan Greenberg. (Ken Holland should also check it out.) Isn’t any of the following NHL worth it?
1. Anton Hudobin: Remember how Dubie replaced the injured Ben Bishop and helped Dallas reach the 2020 Cup Final against the Bolts? This year he was beaten by Braden Holtby and Jake (The Kid) Oettinger. Liabilities: Reached a cap of $3.33 million. Dubie has been granted a waiver while working with the AHL Texas Stars and is awaiting a deal.
2. Devin Dubnick: Hey Ken Holland, this is a three-time All-Star and one-time Vezina finalist. That’s not bird feeding. The final year of the Double-D is split between San Jose and Colorado. He recently signed a PTO with AHL Charlotte and is ready to show himself in a season-ending NHL trade. Charlotte’s Spencer Knight (FL) and Joey Duckerd (Seattle) are already spending time with their parent club due to new Covid rules. Dolby is expected to be well on display in the crucial weeks following Canada’s Olympic team appearance.
3. Matt Murray: Ottawa’s huge goalkeeping failure puts him on the road to recovery; he’s only 27.
Or, as Ye Olde Maestro, the goalie-wise Greenberg put it, “In the NHL, it’s all about what you do today.” (Or, tonight, if you will.)
In the case of the Dutch Oilers, the sooner he replaces his deteriorating duo goals, the better the McDavid-Dreiser cartel will be.
What an amazing game for Norris: It’s never too early to discuss the Norris Trophy race. Current champion Adam Fox has not only grown into a Rangers leader — and should be captain — but the defender happens to be the Blue Shirts’ second-leading scorer. After 34 games, he’s 5-30-35
Trouble – for Foxy, that is – Cale Makar of Colorado hits 14 Target just tag him Game 25. blueliner has 14 helpers. That’s 28 points in 25 games, and if you count his miraculous super-goal against Chi earlier in the week, the 23-year-old can’t be trusted.
Talking about the stunning goal move, in the left corner, King Kyle threw Kirby Drake out of his pants and did so many backhands, forehands and backhands that a dizzy Marc-Andre Fleury went down, Makar thank you very much – very – Shell.
After the game, the Avs ace was asked about his gems, and in absolutely the most humble venture he said – I kid you not – “It’s a bit of luck.”
(Yes, so did Michelangelo, Edison, Marconi and whoever invented the Amazon.)
I just say:
1. Jump Jack: Devil Award center Jack Hughes takes his game up a notch. One scout told me, “He’s changing his approach, seemingly less showing and dazzling, and more basic ‘accepting what the defense gives him.'”
2. OVIE-Rocket Research: In addition to the obvious language differences, the Alex Ovechkin-Maurice Richard comparison is also striking. Ove and the Rockets played very hard. They like to fight their own battles. Each has a patented shot — rocket backhand, Ove, left-circle laser — and all are unstoppable.
3. When cold becomes hot: Little Jack Frost refuses to get lost in Wild’s latest winter classic. Thank you to the players, management, owners and NHL personnel for their ability to host games in extreme conditions. This includes pandemics across the continent.
4. Song of the Unsung Hero: An event like the Winter Classic is roughly the equivalent of making a Broadway show, multiplied by 100. The difference is that when it comes to the Winter Classic – aside from the Wild and Blues players – the hero remains unknown. (But not in this Piffle pillar.) For starters, the mastermind behind these major league events is the conductor of all conductors, Steve Mayer. Working well with the masters are Dean Matsuzaki (events), Mike “Dan’s Son” Craig (skating rink construction), Brian Jennings (company, events and uniforms), Jamey Horan (event communications) and Steve Walkom (officials). Hats off to all of you!
5. Oil the skateboard: “Dump Dave Tippett” tweets by Edmonton fans have caught the attention of prominent authors such as Jim (Edmonton Journal) Matheson. Tippett hasn’t lost “or confidence in his core,” according to Marty. But what about owner Ken Holland? Good Ship Oilers are taking water; fast! Toronto’s loss can be blamed, at least in part, on the goalie. Mike Smith fell to his knees – unnecessary, I might add – and he should have stood up to block Wenning’s high shot. (Goalkeeper required: Line on the left.)
6. Alberta vs. Alberta: The huge difference between Flames and Oilers is the easiest thing in the world to find. Goal. Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom is the real deal. Meanwhile, the Smith-Koskinen duo on the provincial road is either too old or too old.
7. PS from above: Sportsnet’s Eric Francis added this to the Flames’ advantage: “Their real calling card is doggedly pre-checking at full concentration, leaving the enemy hot in their own zone.” Compare Below, Oilers Connor-Leon clothing lacks that brilliance.
8. The Big Bad: They don’t have Bobby Orr, but the Bruins are still big and bad. After the Beantowners beat Detroit last Sunday, Wings coach Jeff Blashill said, “They want to bully you; that’s what they are.” (Memo to Steve Iseman: Find a bully, fast!)
9. Cutting edge: Remember the incredible (6-3, 217) Hulk from Massachusetts – Chris Creed, who else? – Can’t be on Seventh Avenue with John (Is there an Emmy in my future?) Tortorella as his chattering coach? With 20 red lights and the season not even halfway through, Chris King is doing well under Gerard Gallant.Ergo: Coach Do make change.
10. Do not trade my department: Once upon a time, there were plenty of trade rumors for Johnny Gaudero, not anymore.It happens that some of the best “deals” are no Manufacture, not the flames laughing. Even the always-smiling Daryl Sutter called Goody Gaudero “one of the best 200-footers in the league.”
11. About the Wall playoff teams: Time to get serious about the Detroit Red Wings.After all they Yes Serious.
12. ALL-RASK-ALREADY: I’d love to see a lottery with winner guesses: name Tuukka Rask’s return to the Boston Net. Could be any minute – any day now, don’t you think?
13. FLEURY Odds on Oilers: This Rue de Rumeur Full of Marc-Andre to Edmonton lies; that is, until it happens. What do you think Chi wants from the oil spill? (Don’t tell me about Dave Tippet.)
Eagerly looking forward to J Day: Now that the Jack Eichel Out Of Buffalo soap opera is ancient history, J-Man’s next big thing will be his Las Vegas debut. Granted, it won’t be as popular as a Justin Bieber concert, although hockey maniac JB might be there. But Eichel—as Eichel—could be the hit of the century for knights, and it could be an unforgettable night. With Jumpin’ Jack, you never know. Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.
We all know that there is an E for excellence. We’ll find out if there will be an E for Excellence like Eichel. That’s what melodrama is all about, dear reader.
Perfect squelch: When asked to describe the difference between competing in sub-zero winter classic weather and playing in an indoor arena, Wild’s savage Mats Zuccarello said: “You just have to skate harder!”
perfect promotion: As I recently wrote in this place, the NHL’s marathon season begins too little attention Because every Stanley Cup game overshadows it. Credit to the NHL for recognizing this imbalance and taking some action.
Bettman, Inc. and Chicago high potential ads In collaboration with the Alliance’s new ad campaign “Nothing Regular”. Or, in my language, Maven-ese, the regular season is very important
The “Nothing Regular” campaign started last November, and as it’s called, the regular season doesn’t have any regulars. Sensational things happen every night. Exhibits A, B, C and D are spelled McDavid, Matthews, McAvoy and Ovechkin.
Casey Hall, NHL senior vice president of marketing and consumer, noted that the event will be produced throughout the year to showcase the excitement and unpredictability that each NHL game brings.
“‘Show of the Year’ is produced and remastered every week,” Hall said. “Fans don’t have to wait until the playoffs to see incredible moments. So many stars and young stars are redefining the way the game is played and it’s exciting to watch.”
The “Nothing Regular” theme underscores what I’ve been saying for years; the game is the fastest and most skilled game ever made. The campaign’s prize money comes directly from advertising agency Highdive, its enthusiasm.
Highive co-founder and CCO Chad Broude comes from a hockey family and has been NHL-oriented since he was three years old. Like him, his staff felt that the regular season had no regularity. (Good to know we agree!)
who said it? “If I don’t speak, I don’t know what to say?” (answer below.)
Quotes this week: San Diego’s gift to Vancouver, venerable speaker and goalie Thatcher Demko, is hotter than Amazonian lilies. He told the Canucks to beat Ben (Provincial) Kuzma, “We have an upper limit to our ability to play. But there is no upper limit to our ability to continue building.”
Or what about Dave Tippett after learning that his Superman version, Connor McDavid, tested positive on the virus protocol. “That’s when ‘positive’ is not positive.”
Answer who said: Glenn (Chico) Resch, a former very chatty NHL goalie, is now a radio analyst for the Devils.