October 31 2012 12:57PM
Do all the players really stand together? (Photo: Harry How / Getty Images)
A week ago former Canuck and current New York Islander Michael Grabner created a blog. He's written two entries since, going to bat for the Players Association and attempting to justify their position to us common folk. It offers a glimpse, if only a faint one, into the mindset of a 25-year-old NHL player experiencing his first lockout.
October 31 2012 09:29AM
Seriously, I wouldn't even care if it was Brad Marchand notching a trick against the Canucks.
Ok, actually that's not true. I would definitely care. What I don't care about, it seems, is the NHL. Trying to find something that engages me enough to put stylus to screen has been a chore. It's gotten to the point that for some reason I'm even paying attention to some stupid chocolate bar tournament in the Irrational Post.
How stupid is it? Well, they didn't even include Coffee Crisp. And where's the Kit Kat, or the Oh Henry or the Mars? This is like the AHL version of a chocolate bar tournament. Is there some candy bar lockout I haven't heard of?
Anyway, now that you know how low I've had to sink this week, let's find out what else is in the Graphic Comments Halloween grab bag as we review This Week In Hockey...
October 30 2012 11:39PM
Luongo's new Twitter avatar.
Designed by @thestanchion.
It's striking that Luongo's digital persona is recieved so differently by the public than his "real" life image as a professional athlete.
Despite a sparkling NHL resume and mountains of evidence to the contrary: Luongo been called a choker, a diver, emotionally frail, a basket case, a whiner, a guy who "can't win big games," oh, and in the sports column equivalent of a stroke: "weak sauce."
In the digital space that Luongo occupies deftly on Twitter, however, it's a totally different story. For his Tweets, Luongo has been called innovative, brilliant, mysterious, "subversive" and "the most interesting athlete in hockey."
Pictured above is the new Twitter avatar for @strombone1 the unconfirmed confirmed Roberto Luongo Twitter account. The image is simple but it's pretty much perfect, and it's worth breaking down why.
Read on past the jump.
October 30 2012 03:54PM
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October 30 2012 10:19AM
I still don't quite agree with Mike Gillis' draft strategy, but I do know this: If you're a fan criticizing Gillis for not selecting enough WHLers, understand that the Edmonton Oilers are doing exactly the opposite, and they haven't won a lot of games over the past several seasons.
The Canucks have never selected a player off the team in their own backyard, although the Canucks compelled the Giants to select Mario Bliznak and Jonathan Iilahti in the CHL import draft and Kevin Connauton moved to the WHL following his draft year. The Oil Kings, one of the top teams in the WHL, have featured several Edmonton Oiler-selects over the last few seasons, including Travis Ewanyk and Mitch Moroz.
The Oil Kings, who are owned by the Oilers, also picked up Martin Gernat and Kristians Pelss in the import drafts. The two of them became big parts in the Oil Kings' WHL Championship run last spring. They also wanted to select Keegan Lowe, an Oil King and son of Oiler executive Kevin Lowe, but the younger Lowe did not want to be drafted by Edmonton.