13 February 2008
That was in 2001. Just 7 short years later I get the following e-mail in my inbox from the Jibblewife:
You have officially converted me to the dark side. I thought I would back up my argument about Cody McCleod with a little bit of fact. He has fought 8 times since he was called up from Lake Erie on December 19th (although it sure does feel like more). Compare that to Lappyâ€™s total of 12 fights for the entire season so far. McLeod has played 24 games compared to Lappyâ€™s 45. I wouldâ€™ve looked up Parkerâ€™s total, but he just doesnâ€™t play enough.First I have never been so proud of anything in my entire life as I am on the sports corruption of my once innocent wife. From never watching sports to looking up fighting stats to prove her point about an obscure Avalanche forward. I have taught her well and her journey to the dark side is complete. This seriously must have been how the Emperor felt after converting Anakin Skywalker (Yes I'm a Star Wars Nerd).
Again, Iâ€™ll reiterate that I donâ€™t dislike fighting. I really enjoy a good fight during the game. If nothing else it is a great way to get a team motivated and itâ€™s highly entertaining for the fans. However, I believe McCleodâ€™s fighting isnâ€™t usually doesnâ€™t help the team. Of the 8 fights that he has had, three of them have been with players that fight on a regular basis: Tollefsen from the Blue Jackets, Ivanan from the Kings, and Sutherby/Mr. Stache (Parros) for the Ducks. (Note: I chose not to list McIver as a true fighter since he has only played 10 games in the NHL. Although he sure is giving Mcleod a run for the title of â€śmost fights by a call-upâ€ť). That means that 62% of the time (50% if you want to count McIver) he is choosing to fight players that donâ€™t normally fight. I understand that not everyone he fights has to be a â€śfighterâ€ť but I would argue that a majority of them should be. There is a reason other people donâ€™t pick fights with these guys. I will also add in that in NO games that he has fought has he ended the night with a â€ś+â€ť rating. Its either a 0 or a â€śâ€“.â€ť
I really donâ€™t think this is the way McCleod should be establishing himself in the NHL. He has great potential as a physical Forward, but fighting with â€śnon-fightersâ€ť will earn him a reputation that will hinder his success in the NHL. Atleast thatâ€™s my opinion.
Below are the specific stats.
Sincerely, your officially corrupted wife.
- Feb. 12 B. Sutherby (Ducks) 5 fights, but I have to give McCleod this one too because Mr. Stache (aka Parros) started the fight but for whatever reason Sutherby jumped in to finish it.
- Feb. 9 N. McIver (Canucks) 4 fights after being active for the Canucks for only 10 games. I think heâ€™s trying to be a mini-McCleod.
- Feb. 6 M. Grier (Sharks) 1 other fight all year and it was against Calgary
- Jan. 20 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (Blue Jackets) I'll give him this one he appears to be the thug
- Jan 15. K. Wanvig (Lightning) Wanvig has just the fight with Cody (To be fair he was called up on Jan 5)
- Jan 2. D. Winnik (Coyotes) Just the fight with Cody
- Dec 29 R. Ivanans (Kings) (and a misconduct this game) Iâ€™ll give him this one too. This guy fights a lot.
- Dec. 21 B. Dubinsky (Rangers) Dubinsky has 3 fights all year. He also got a roughing with P. Mara in this game who has no fights
Second, not only was the e-mail informative, but she's right. I keep thinking back to the play where there was a touch up for icing and McCleod hammered the opposing defenseman after the icing touch-up. I have been particularly hard on the Calgary Flames Dion Phaenuf because I feel he's a coward. He only fights players who he can win against and usually takes runs at defenseless players or non-fighters. Nothing pisses me off more than this, and it's what makes guys like Jordan Tootoo, Steve Avery, Brad May and yes Phaenuf utterly hate-able is that they are basically bullies who don't actually fight with anyone their own size.
So umm yeah. If McCleod doesn't tone it down a little he's really no better than any of the Ducks, and after watching that game last night that isn't a compliment.
|< Prev||Next >|