Humpday Hater Report 5-29-13
This could be my favorite story line of the playoffs thus far.
What can you say about Daniel Alfredsson’s comment after game four of the Eastern Conference semifinals?
He was certainly honest about his team’s immediate postseason future by responding, “Probably not,” to reporters when asked if the Sens stood a chance in game five in Pittsburgh.
And as a veteran of that stature, he’s certainly entitled to sharing that opinion.
But obviously it wasn’t the right choice. I would expect someone of Alfredsson’s media prowess to come up with perhaps a little more creative way of saying what he did.
It just so happened to be the exact same day, 19 years ago, that Mark Messier delivered his infamous promise to win game six against the New Jersey Devils in 1994.
With the aforementioned exit of the Senators from the playoffs, I wanted to take time to comment on how much fun it was to watch Ottawa coach Paul MacLean in press conferences.
Obviously getting in that mess of a series with Montreal helped his animation, but he diverted a lot of attention off his players over that span.
You might think his pressers were too polarizing, and I suppose you’d be partly right, but I think he’s just what the Canadian media in Ottawa need.
Most of you know that I’m not talking about the weather in Pittsburgh (obviously).
Instead, Milan Lucic voiced what just about everyone around the NHL was thinking since the trade deadline – that the Pittsburgh Penguins are the Miami Heat of the NHL.
I struggled with this comparison. Obviously top-quality players were attracted to Pittsburgh at the deadline, temped by the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup.
But I think that’s where the comparisons end, mainly because the NBA is worse than tennis when it comes to being a team sport.
I also missed Pittsburgh’s pre-dynasty South Beach-esque celebration that the Heat had. And where was the airing of Jarome Iginla’s “Decision” on ESPN?
“We appreciate the compliment. I’m sure he won’t have too many once we start playing. I think it’s a compliment.”
Brendan Morrow’s was perhaps the best:
“I think we want to be confident and know we are a good team, but I don’t think there’s anyone in here with big egos or expecting anything’s going to be given to us because of who we are.”
Let’s chalk this one up as more Boston bulletin board material, shall we?
Don’t forget Ference
No doubt, there will be a lot of booing going on in both TD Garden and Consol Energy Center. Of course, it won’t be as bad as on ROOT Sports, because NBC won’t try to cram fan noise down your throat.
At the heart of it all will likely be Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr.
Iginla, of course, bailed from the Boston deal at the trade deadline to come to Pittsburgh. Jagr bailed on Pittsburgh and left the Penguins with Kris Beech, Michal Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk (Thought I’d forget that, eh?).
The days of booing Jagr are admittedly behind me. I think most Penguins’ fans got closure a while ago.
A lot of new age Penguins fans (which, yes, is just a fancy term for bandwagon fans) forget that Boston defenseman Andrew Ference also played for the Penguins from 1999-2003, before getting dealt to Calgary.
However, few people around Pittsburgh will have anything bad to say about Ference. He was what he is today, a physical, sound defenseman. Only now, he’s a veteran of the league.
Ference was actually Iginla’s neighbor when the two played for Calgary. But with all the attention on other story lines surrounding the Pens/Bs conference final (I didn’t even mention the 1991 Wales Conference final), I’d be surprised if that story line came up.
The Pirates’ skipper came directly from raiding Tom Selleck’s wardrobe to take in Monday night’s Detroit-Chicago game in Joe Louis Arena.
A Michigan native, it’s understandable why he, and former Detroit Tiger – and hockey lover – Brandon Inge, took in the game. It’s always nice to see that sort of crossover amongst sports. Let’s just hope we don’t see that shirt ever again.
Doc Emrick, a true Pirate fan, remained calm when announcing Hurdle and Inge were in the building, but I can only imagine his excitement inside.
Patrick Roy was official introduced as the Colorado Avalanche’s new head coach Tuesday.
Aside from all the traditional “we’re going to get this team back on the winning track” mumbo jumbo that new coaches are required to say, Roy also said he will be the same as a coach as he was as a player.
Does that mean we’ll see this again?!
And can Gary Thorne and mulletted Brian Engblom come back?
I know what you meant, Patrick. Best of luck to you.
(And that might just be the first time anyone has ever used “mulletted”)
Well that does it for this week’s edition. Be sure to check back next week for more.
Until then, happy hating!