YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4830 posts, RR: 16 Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 840 times:
An extract from a blog I wrote the day Team Canada was named. Guess I was right.
McCabe: he might be having a career year but apparently there are some things this guys just can’t seem to do. Surely you’ve heard this sentence before “McCabe at the line and oh he can’t keep it in.”
Bertuzzi: “Lacks discipline and takes a lot of bad penalties in the offensive zone. Can get lazy at times.” That is a direct quote from his TSN.ca profile. I’m not a big fan on Bob “bobblehead” McKenzie but I agree with him on that quote 100%. I assume Gretzky and Co. thought that because he’s 1/37th Italian and the games were in Italy this year he might lift his game. Call me unromantic but I think selection should be based on a little more than having a vowel at the end of one’s surname.
Doan: It’s no secret that Doan is Gretzky’s cockboy. There can be no doubt about this, how the fuck else did he get on this team? There is the outside possibility that Wayne has been taking selection advice as well as betting advice from that lovely wife of his (cheap shot I know).
Iginla: There is no doubt that he is useful hockey player, but he’s not exactly having a career year now is he. I hate to say it but this is a “we’re so multicultural, look at us” selection at best. Canada would have done well to have selected Jonathan Cheechoo over Iginla.
Draper: This whole notion that Canada needs some gritty players is ridiculous. IIHF hockey is not NHL hockey - there is no need for Draper. I realize he has been a servant to the game, so send him thank you card. Canada have not scored in over 120 minutes of play and yet Draper and his 16 points in 56 games will likely dress for all the remaining games - leaving Staal and his 75 points milling around the Olympic village.
Tuffgong From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 472 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 823 times:
Quoting YOWza (Thread starter): Bertuzzi: “Lacks discipline and takes a lot of bad penalties in the offensive zone.
Even though Bertuzzi is one, if not my favourite, player that was a costly penalty he took in the offensive zone at the beginning of the third.
Pretty heart breaking loss without a doubt, it's too bad it had to end like this. Is it just me or did it seem the passion for this olympics wasnt there for us Canadians? Not just as a team but as a country, to me it didn't compare to Salt Lake City where everyone was revved up and ready to go from the beginning, from your couch right to the guys sitting on the bench.
Hopefully next time Gretzky will take a look at the guys who can score, what is it 7 of the top 25 top scorers in the NHL were canadians that didnt make the team and 4 did? That mayyy be the reason we went 9 periods without a goal.
Ah well what can ya do? I'm still going to watch even though Canada is not playing, I'll watch for the love of the game.
CFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 823 times:
Yep, selections left much to be desired. Team was too old, too slow.
Bertuzzi: Nope, lazy assed play, took penalty that led to winning goal.
Pronger: Nope, to slow, invisible in today's NHL, took stupid penalties.
Draper: Nope, grinding, pest style not effective on the big ice.
Foote: Nope, again too old, too slow.
Lecavalier: Nope, played too much on perimeter.
Iginla: Nope, invisible all tournament.
Oh well, we have 4 years to piss and moan about the mistakes that were made.