If there is a mass exodus then fine. Soccer players are real dorks and it makes the game less fun having that greed on a global level, I personally feel. If the NHL turns into a game of a bunch of sentimental Clarkson types, with a deep commitment to community, so much the better. If the NHL tries to pull out the wallet like some monied jackass - well then the sport is ruined. I need there to be an element of deep and abiding emotional investment from my sporting events. I can't be the only one out there who loves hockey - the players and organization needs to as well - it's just a deeper level of commitment to the sporting community -- not to money or winning alone. If we can't have players like Elias, Danyko, Brodeur and Stevens then I'll just stick with College sports.
It's wonderful of Marty to say that. It makes a lot if things clear. What a guy. It's almost as if he wants to stick around to teach & learn more coaching yet still be able to hop on ice in game situations. Haha. How many times did we wish Stevens could just hop on for a change or two to teach these drips something.
Wow. I mean - I wrote my piece and all. But who cares? It's David Clarkson.
I love the guy, but lets be real. The way the dude conducts himself off ice says it all. Clarky's kids... nnno, that's not what I'm talking about. Dude is childish. It's not a big deal.
He's not being as a$$hole (his agent sure is though). As long as he knows what he's doing it's all good. I think he does. He doesn't want the Cup or any of that. He's not as ambitious as Holik, Gomez, Parise -- he's just looking to relax and stop working. I dont think he understands that's what he wants. This kid has worked his ass off all his life to prove himself - not to be a WINNER like a John Maddog Madden. Clarkson doesn't have a "You think you're better than me" chip, he just had a But I KNOW I CAN play hockey chip. Well this is it for him then. this is the goal achieved - a nice contract. the OFFER is what he was dreaming about and his dream stopped there. A pretty wife a house with a pool - being able to give back to the community. It's enough. it's what he wants.
Clarkson is done proving himself and I'm really happy for him wherever he ends up. I think everyone should be because that's his story. His is not a name on the Cup story like Parise's is. This isn't tragic. It's good all the way around. How can anyone even think he's disloyal? He isn't a good enough player to be disloyal in leaving. Duh? Perspective people... perspective!!!
I think the ideal situation is Marty teaches Cory everything he knows Cory learns and retains it and even builds upon it and Marty sees it's time to move on, mission accomplished and we septpeat Cup wins until the league institutes a new rule akin to term limits on how many times a team can win the Stanley Cup in a decade.
Did people point out Marty is far more recognizable and Fathers the world over will buy Broduer way sooner that a dats..Datsun, Dasyko.. whatever the hell that guy's name is? Seriously - records and awards sell video games not a good seasons or two from some dude no one outside of current hockey fans has ever even heard of.
I;m just sayin' More people know Marty than anyone else in this thing. He SHOULD be on the cover just for sales alone. EA better fix the vote.
Neidermayer hurt the team leaving. Parise hurt the team leaving. Holik hurt the team leaving. Gomez hurt the team leaving. Lemieux hurt the team leaving.
Neidermayer helped himself leaving.
Martin helped the team leaving.
Gionta - mutually beneficial exit. Rafalski mutually beneficial exit. Mogilny mutually beneficial exit. - These guys were doing NOTHING on the team except gettign frustrated and unhappy and there was no way out of that for any of them. Gionta was the cleanest exit because he did no harm at any time. Rafalski was sad because nothing declined for either side - Just with Stevens gone his role was gone and he couldn't fill the vacant roles to his own high standard.
Holik hurt himself leaving. Gomez hurt himself leaving. Lemieux hurt himself leaving. Parise - the jury is still out on.
Holik still drives me nuts. He resists appearing to have any kind of imagination and yet his is HUGE! He makes up his mind what's logical even though his intuition screams the wisest choice. And because he senses he's wrong he always couches what he says leaving room for a graceful backpedal. He has stupid pride. Stevens just has humiliating pride (isn't that a cute dichotomy? He's so adorable. That goodness his mother trained him to be well at easy with his own adorableness) Holik has damaging pride. So annoying to be witness to.
I'm bored. Our team kind of bores me. Everyone is so blah besides Clarkson. I wish Lou liked vanilla just a tad less. Thing of it is he doesn't like vanilla - he likes the idea of it. but then when it's all dull and ineffective at the end of the day he's all wondering why he's so unsatisfied with this stupid vanilla he worked so hard to make. He likes nuts sprinkled on top - but it's so hard to find good nuts! Real nuts - not candy coated crap they sell in the sundae section. No one wants to risk getting their nuts roasted is the thing - and those are the best kind!
It be a retool for any team if they were able to get a 1st overall pick without giving up anyone from their roster? Why would the Oilers want to sotckpile for picks and prospects. If they were trading one of their top picks, it be for proven NHL talent...and a lot of it.
What gives with the Maritimes accent? "Aye - Thar be whales here captain"