2007 Archives http://www.jibblescribbits.com/table/2007-articles/november/ Mon, 22 May 2017 15:28:55 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Merry Christmas to me!!! http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/merry-christmas-to-me.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/merry-christmas-to-me.html
God Bless You Sir.

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:14:00 +0000
Contracts Questions for my readers http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/contracts-questions-for-my-readers.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/contracts-questions-for-my-readers.html
What I want to know is why isn't Wyatt Smith being sent down instead. I have a feeling it has more to do with contract status than anything. I don't know anything about the differences between a one-way contract or who can be sent down on what types of contracts. I would imagine it's more difficutl to send a guy like Smith down than it is Richardson. Richardson, of course, just had a rehab stint with Lake Erie so maybe this send down is more indicitive of logistics and contracts than anything else. Anyone out there know how sending a player down works (Maybe Jori?)]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Thu, 29 Nov 2007 21:12:00 +0000
An Open Letter http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/an-open-letter.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/an-open-letter.html Quenneville,

You've taken a lot of heat lately, and I have backed you. Even though some of your decisions have been bizarre, insane, or borderline indefensible, I have continued to have faith that you have a plan for the season and the long term goals are superseding the short term goals. You have done a great job developing young players (Stastny, Wolski, Finger, Richardson, Sauer, Guite etc) and several more young players look to be good as well (The Svats machine, Cumisky, Budaj).

I have never asked you for anything. All I want is a strong coaching effort, and an improving winning team. But now, in the holiday season no less, I am asking you for something. One small favor, think of it as an early Christmas gift. See it is Jose Theodore's turn in the current goalie rotation Friday night. I am asking you to please play Budaj. You see, I only get to see two Avs games in person a year, and Friday night, @ SJ, is one of them. I don't want to see Theo, except wih his dreamy locks covered with a baseball hat on the bench.

I really just want to see them win, but I know you can't guarantee that. But playing Budaj gives your boys the best chance at winning, and leaves me the best chance at having a happy Christmas. You don't want to ruin my Christmas do you Q?

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:59:00 +0000
2 deep breathes http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/2-deep-breathes.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/2-deep-breathes.html

After losing 4 of 5 (3 of 4 on the road) many of my fellow Avs bloggers seem to be inching towards this button. Coach Q has been called out and analyzed so many times you'd think he was coaching the Leafs. Even the normally reserved and thoughtful AvalancheDB boards (the only Avalanche message boards that don't make me want to question humanity and the general intelligence level of the population) had the first "He's teh suXor" post I can remember (4th post in the thread). I'm sure the official boards are filled with even worse garbbaldy gook.

The criticism is certainly valid, as Q has left himself open to it by making some bizarre decisions. (Playing Skrastins at all, goalie rotation, scratching Guite), all of which DD astutely points out. The season is long though, I don't think it's time to bring out the pitchforks and torches just yet.

I wanted to make this point clear though so I'm moving it from the Inthecheapseats comments. Here's a list of teams that have gone through worse rough spots the last few seasons:

  • 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks, During one stretch lost 9 of 11
  • 2005-2006 Carolina Hurricanes Over one stretch lost 6 of 8 and 3 of 4 a few times
  • 2003-2004 Tampa Bay Lightning Went 0-3-1, then lost 4 in a row. Had a stretch where they were 4-12-4
  • 2002-2003 NJ Devils Lost 4 of 5, twice and 4 of 6 two more times
  • 2001-2002 Detroit Red Wings Lost 4 of 5 and 5 in a row at one point.
Yet they all managed to overcome their poor coaching and win the Stanley Cup. My point: teams lose, even great ones. They play poorly at times. 5 games is too small a sample size to base anything on, even a coaches ability to coach. Coaches should be graded in 3 year periods, in my opinion. Let's at least get to the All-star break before we send Q to the guillotine.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Wed, 28 Nov 2007 15:48:00 +0000
Amazing http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/amazing.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/amazing.html
Amazingly the Avs, despite losing 4 of the last 5 games pretty embarrassingly, are only 1 point out of first in the NW division. It's kind of bittersweet because they could have really taken over the division in that time and instead they allowed Vancouver to get back into the race.

They have just flat out been cover-your-eyes awful, and really I think it's a case of pressing. I missed the last two games (believe it or not the hotel I stayed in in Portland, OR didn't have NHL center Ice, or a real good internet connection even) but in the previous games they were trying to make every goal a nice pass. Let's just let the puck rip at the net. We have two really good rebound/screen/trouble makers in Smyth and Brunette. I know we don't have the best shots from the point but let's put them on net and see what happens. It's got to be better than trying to center to a 1-vs-4 covered guy from behind the net right?]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Tue, 27 Nov 2007 16:20:00 +0000
Jibbles on Break. http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/jibbles-on-break.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/jibbles-on-break.html On my way to see family, so who knows what i'll post (I'll miss my first viewing on Thanksgiving, Thursday for you Canadians).

But I'll leave you with this nugget: Scott Hannan is the best (and to my knowledge only) Hobbit to play in the NHL.
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Wed, 21 Nov 2007 06:44:00 +0000
Avs in freefall http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/avs-in-freefall.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/avs-in-freefall.html
Take the final non-empty net goal for example. Not only did he pointlessley try and keep the puck in the zone on the Avs blueline, but then he failed to get back and cover David Moss in front of the net. There was a play in the first period where Skratch had the guy behind the net by 3 steps lost the race and the puck which turned into a scoring chance.

Let's see he was too slow to stop anyone
Can't shoot
and can't hit. Why the hell was he on the ice. I know Liles hasn't played well the last couple games, but overall this season he has been solid. I have no problem scratching Liles, but to replace him with a slower, less mobile, less offensive version of Liles is kind of a waste right? Skratch has got to be scratched.

Let's not let Theo off the hook. Owen Nolans goal was the worst possible thing Theo could do. The Avs had played their best road hockey of the season, finally get some momentum and breathrough with a very nice goal by the Svats Machine, and Theo ruins it with a really really bad goal. That was a deflater, the Avs weren't the same for the rest of the night.

Great effort by everyone tonight, but those two, in my opinion. I thought everyone played well. Sakic seemed to have that jump back, Stastny and Svats were good. Finger was laying hits, and McCormick was mixing it up.

More... I have never seen a team throw so many pucks in front of the net and have them ricochet off defensemen/opponents in any game. The Avs need to find something to add to their arsenal. The whole "try to center it from behind the net" just isn't working anymore. The opposing team has learned that if you put 4 guys within 5 feet of the net, every single time, the Avs have 0 chance of scoring. They will try and center and the puck will get hit by a stick or skate or something. Time to start spreading the D out a little, don't let them completely collapse in front of the goal.

I guess it was karma, as the Avs won 2 earlier this season against the Flames they had no business winning. It's nice of Scratch and Theo to repay them]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Wed, 21 Nov 2007 06:01:00 +0000
Road Woes http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/road-woes.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/road-woes.html
The next two games are critically important (some might even call them Must-win). The avs were cruising along ready to really jump out and take control of the Northwest, then they went to Dallas and Minnesota. The former Northstars and the Wild brought them back to the pack, and now they are in danger of falling to 3rd in the Northwest.

I've said it before but winning the NW is crucial to a deep playoff run for the Avs. The defense needs shored up, and they need to get at least 3 points from these next 2 road games in Alberta.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Tue, 20 Nov 2007 23:47:00 +0000
Mulligan http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/mulligan.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/mulligan.html
What I really wanted to talk about today was the Stars announcers, who were absolutely magnificent with their word play last night. Honestly I thought they were sitting with a dictionary in front of them looking for ways to work big words into the broadcast all evening. Unfortunately they didn't use the words correctly, but here's a list of big words (including one that isn't a word) that was used last night, and honestly I'm sure I missed some because I FFD'd through the game after the second period and I didn't start writing them down until I was thoroughly amused.
  • regurgitated- As in "Mike Smith regurgitated Joe Sakic on that shot... Think he meant "stoned, robbed, stopped, denied. Any of those would have done
  • Ironic- hard to get too mad because most people use this word incorrectly, however the correct word would have been coincidentally.
  • Succulent- A succulent rebound for Ryan Smyth
  • tourniquet- Budaj in to put a tourniquet on this thing, after Theo was pulled. (Coincidentally this was the one i thought was used most appropriately) And my personal favorite:
  • Disputation- Finger and Ott involved in a little disputation in front of the net.
Disputation is apparently a word down in Texas... who knew?]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Sat, 17 Nov 2007 22:20:00 +0000
More shennanigan's by the league. http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/more-shennanigans-by-the-league.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2007-articles/november/more-shennanigans-by-the-league.html
The league is doing it's best to enhance that image, by not understanding, at all, what it will take to keep players from creating dangerous situations. The media does it's part, both the hockey media AND the general sports media, by only playing up the hits that result in injury and making a fuss when something stupid happens. Everyone remembers the "outrage" of Randy Jones' awkward and dangerous hit on Patrice Bergeron at the beginning of the season.


Exactly how are those hits different? As usual the blogs get it right because there was appropriate reaction in the blogosphere, most vivedly over at Battle of Alberta

It also got a little play on the NHLFanhouse (which i can't find at the moment but that's where I saw it) but it doesn't get nearly the play it deserved. This hit was on "Hockey Night in Canada" for god's sake. A good, but by no means household name, hit one of the leagues best young players, in the back of the neck sending him to the boards head first. This could have been a disaster. The only difference between this hit and the Jones-Bergeron hit is that a) Hemsky got up (slowly) and b) This hit was worse. Hemsky just got luckier than Bergeron.

Yet here's the official punishment for Regehr: boarding - 2 min 0:58 (3rd period), R. Regehr

Are you serious? The league has effectively said "dangerous hits are acceptable as long as the player gets up, but if that player gets hurt we'll suspend you so we can get the Jackel's off of our back." Regehr deserves at least 2 games for this hit, to match Jones punishment. It's time for Colin Campbell to go, he obviously knows nothing about punishment and discipline.

Yet the league will go on, and the Hemskys and Bergerons will continue to get checked into the boards until one day they end up in a wheelchair and the NHL will face yet another public relations nightmare, when it could all be prevented by establishing that these hits are unacceptable, a precedent they are are not willing to take.]]>
jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Thu, 15 Nov 2007 15:56:00 +0000