Morning Free Association: Where’s the Love?

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Well, the NHL Network has done it again. With a stable of former beat writers, the NHL has amassed quite a collection of talent, content creators, and judges of hockey talent. Yet they create content like this:

It is blink and you miss material like this that makes it hard to take a list like this seriously. Several players flit by on the screen for 1-2 seconds and go nameless. Seriously, you expect me to recognise that blur as Mark Schiefele? Like I know all the Winnipeg Jets by heart.

I’ll save you some time and just show you their list.

20. Sean Monahan
19. Evgeny Kuznetsov
18. Jeff Carter
17. Aleksander Barkov
16. Ryan Johansen
15. Leon Draisaitl
14. Jack Eichel
13. Anze Kopitar
12. Jonathan Toews
11. Patrice Bergeron
10. Mark Scheifele
9. Ryan Getzlaf
8. Tyler Seguin
7. Steven Stamkos
6. John Tavares
5. Nicklas Backstrom
4. Auston Matthews
3. Evgeni Malkin
2. Sidney Crosby
1. Connor McDavid

Now, I ask, is Patrice “They’ll Name the Selke After Me Someday” Bergeron in the right place on this list or is he criminally devalued? The rankings on this list are obviously biased toward scoring more than the other skillsets that a centerman should possess because that is (probably) more exciting to (casual) fans than backchecking. But 11th? I just feel like the player that most of these players, especially the Team Canada players, would call the best center in the game would rank higher.

Why do you do this to us NHL Network? Are you that starved for attention?

44 more days until hockey returns.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Gang of Four on the box, welding helmet on head, crackin’ open a Dirty Mayor and watching the eclipse!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

BTW, I am a mike rupp fan. He played for the Danbury Thrashers in the UHL during the 04-05 lockout. Only 14 games, but it was fun.

Satan81
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Trashers! That’s a jersey I really regret not getting. Alas, they were run by the mob and got busted.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Their owner now lives in a big house with a yard and a fence around it.

Satan81
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I have some Trasher tee shirts and pucks. I’ll look around the rink and see if there’s is anything worthwhile. I’m pretty sure there’s a UHL championship banner somewhere.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Malkin at #3 feels way wrong. I know his PPG was great last year, but I also remember how easily he has been neutralized by the Bruins in the past. And his face-off percentage is abysmal.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Plus, Malkin is too ugly to be in the top ten of anything except an ugly contest.

Satan81
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So what album-that-we-probably-should-have-listened-to-by-now should we listen to?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The Stone Roses Greatest Hits. Very influential in the Manchester sound of the late 80s.

Satan81
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Their debut album was HUGE on college campusses in the US in the early 90’s.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Maybe Entertainment! by Gang of Four?

The London Bear
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I’ll check it out tomorrow when I’m back in the office

Satan81
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Digging it so far! The lyrics are great!

Satan 81's Sister
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Couldn’t give it a proper listen since the people next door are in their office so I have to keep the volume down.

Satan81
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Sure!

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Love starting the week with a stupid long day. Happy eclipsing!

Sign Pasta.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I have been without a shower or toilet in the house for a full week as the single bathroom in our 110 year old house is being remodeled.

The least anyone could do is sign a certain high-carbohydrate hockey player.

Satan81
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Hose yourself down in the backyard? Find a local thermal spa?

Satan 81's Sister
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And get a truck toilet!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I’ve cobbled together some solutions. It’s just not ideal.

The London Bear
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Yay for 110-year-old houses!

We had to completely replace the electrics and the ceilings in both upstairs rooms when we moved in (among other things).

All good fun, eh!

Satan81
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Nicklas Backstrom is really great, but #5? Ahead of Bergeron? I do think that Backstrom is underappreciated and it’s good to see him getting some well-deserved love, but come on.

Scheifele ahead of Bergeron?!?!?

Eh, outrage is what these lists are for. smile

Sign Pasta.

EDIT: Nicklas, not Niklas. I think Niklas is the goalie.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Bergy should be four or five on the list. He’s number one on my list, of course. Austin Matthews needs to do it a couple more times before I rank him that high.
Monday, meh.
Screw the coffee, give me bourbon.

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