Morning Free Association: The Hack

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I hate to do this to you. It’s mean, maybe even cruel. We have to talk about this latest Haggs narrative.

Maybe latest isn’t the right adjective here since Haggs has been sporting a hate-on for Tuukka Rask for a while because it’s effortless and we all know how much Haggs likes the low-hanging fruit.

Man, insulting Haggs is just that easy.

Currently Rask is out with a concussion suffered when Anders Bjork collided with him during a morning skate last week. He is said to be progressing well through the protocol and may be available to start on Saturday against the Kings. However, this injury has not stopped Joe Haggerty from feeding his narrative that Anton Khudobin should be pushing Tuukka Rask to perform better, even threatening to take over the starting job.

A deeper question, however, would involve asking how much longer the Bruins want to hitch their wagons to a $7 million a year goalie that needs to mentally recharge his batteries from time to time, and who begins to wilt performance-wise if he makes more than 55-60 start in an NHL season. Members of the Rask Fan Club will point to his career .922 save percentage, but it’s been three years since he’s been able to consistently reach that level of performance.

The older Rask, 30, gets, the more baggage is getting added on with a performance level that’s dropped from his Vezina Trophy-winning days. Some of that is clearly about the defense getting a makeover in front of him, but it’s also about Rask just not always being as consistently good when Boston needs him most in the big games.

Khudobin certainly wouldn’t be the long-term answer for the Bruins, and the jury is out on whether or not Zane McIntyre has a future in the NHL as a goalie. So there’s no long-term solution if they suddenly decided to go away from Rask for any reason. But if this humble hockey writer was coaching the Bruins and Khudobin goes on a winning tear over the next few weeks? A healthy Rask wouldn’t automatically be handed his No. 1 workload upon his return, and it would be a couple of goalies splitting time to decide who wants it more.

Humble hockey writer, that’s rich!

His articles have neither nuance nor depth and he actually believes he’s awesome. What an ass.

In an article yesterday morning, Haggs seems disappointed that Dobby’s play Saturday night against the Sabres didn’t seal the deal for his story.

It seems that every few months we have to endure this crap and remind ourselves of what Tuukka Rask is: he’s a good goalie who can play great. Yes, sometimes he fails to play to his level but so does the rest of the team. It’s far too early to count him out, pretend that Khudobin will outp[lay him or to even say what Zane McIntyre is or isn’t at the NHL level.

Still, I will give Haggs credit here for not giving in to this:

No, just no.

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Satan81
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“‘Tire fire’ is becoming an overused term because it’s being applied to the Habs so much.”

http://www.thehockeynews.com/podcast/article/the-hockey-news-podcast-which-head-s-should-roll-in-montreal

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Unfortunately we’re stuck with it because it’s kind of frowned upon to say “massive clusterfuck”on TV/radio.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I just benched Price in my roto league!
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Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

I’d like to do that but I think I also have Halak and Raanta, so…

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I didn’t drop him, just benched him!

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Oh I know! All I’m saying is I’m not sure I have any better alternatives for now.

I’d think you were crazy to drop him! smile

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Right now, if your other goalies are playing, they’re probably a better alternative. The Habs are BAD.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister
phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

also glorious: this gif

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

I don’t think bad even begins to describe it. They’re off to their worst start in 76 YEARS.

It’s a wonderful day to hate the Habs!

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

twisted evil mad lol

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks,

There are plenty of other goalies “underperforming” this season (though I think team defence has a bigger effect on goalie numbers than is often acknowledged).

Lundqvist .900 3.12
Price 881 3.94
Murray 896 3.35
Dubnyk 888 3.80.

The home game against Colorado (didn’t see the away game) he WAS bad and none of their goals should have gone in, really, but you can’t blame for losing a game in which we didn’t score any goals.

I’d say all the games we’ve lost this year were because the TEAM didn’t play well enough.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Yeah, I don’t really blame Tuukka for much of the losses. He could have been better so far this year, but they’re hardly his fault.

Looking at the standings AND at my fantasy teams, yes, it’s been a weird season so far!

Satan81
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Satan81

Today in Habenfreude!

Dreger: Maybe the Canadiens are the problem
http://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/dreger-maybe-the-canadiens-are-the-problem-1.894100

What do the Canadiens have in common with cannibalism?
http://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/farber-the-canadiens-are-like-cannibals-1.893620

Ryan Lambert has also caught the stupid:
https://sports.yahoo.com/learned-stop-freaking-canadiens-194337584.html

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I really think you should be in charge of “Today in Habenfreude”. It could even be “This Week in Habenfreude”. I would be your most loyal reader.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Oh I totally suggested this earlier! Yes please give Satan81 his own column, if he wants to anyway.

In any case, I love your Habenfreude RoundUps!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Yes please give Satan81 his own column, if he wants to anyway.

Well, I don’t think there were plans to hold him at gunpoint. wink
The material is good, though, so it’s not impossible…

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Ha ha ha…

Well, given the audience, the jokes kinda write themselves!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

How do people look at that roster and think “Don’t worry, this is actually a decent team!”

Satan81
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Satan81

But they have Carey Priiiiiiice!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Finally just listened to and read all of that. Glorious.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

he lost me at “But if this humble hockey writer “/laugh

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

He lost me at “by Joe Haggerty”

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

I think we all had to call bullshit on that one!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I had a dream last night where I kept getting invitations to cat parties. Are those even a thing? I guess they are.
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The London Bear
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There are cat cafes. Make some friends there and you’ll probably get invited to cat parties …

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’ve heard of those. I would actually go to one of those.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

That must have been where we were going in my dream last night.

My dream was that I was going on a road trip with Glenn and Ben (Glenjamin!) to somewhere like Nashville or Memphis or Little Rock – I’m not sure which Southern city but it was in that neck of the woods. Anyway, I was waiting for Glennjamin to be ready…. in my parents’ kitchen in Somerville, which I have not seen since 1999. Ben came out and was wearing all red, which was weird, and I think we were meeting VA there, which was also weird because why would she be waiting for us waaaay below the Mason-Dixon line? Clearly it was for this cat party.

Somehow, the perfect gif exists for this.
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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ha! Dying.

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Athena’s birthday is on Nov 3. (hint hint hint) wink

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

So…they *could* be.

Just sayin’ smile

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hey Pals!
Not much to say aboot Haggs’ article. Sorry I bothered reading it. All goalies need to recharge their batteries now and again. Shit! We all do.
Good news out of the tournament – the Geri Hattricks have asked me to come to Maryland in March and help ref their tournament! Sounds like fun.
Wild weather today – not sure I can get to sleep, if I go back to bed. Oh well, I’ll try.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Do the Geri Hattricks have jerseys? Because I would absolutely buy one.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

They have awesome jerseys! One in gold and black. One in green. I’ll find out about jerseys. I have to email them today anyway.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Morning!

-I forget Haggs exists. Thanks for the reminder
-Let’s assume for a moment that maybe Rask isn’t the “elite” goaltender one thinks of when they think of someone like Lundqvist. Even then – there literally isn’t anyone else out there right now unless you want to try a relative unknown and hope you get lucky. So it’s a moot argument even if he wasn’t already wrong.

wilt performance-wise if he makes more than 55-60 start in an NHL season

-I just looked at the season totals for a few Vezina winning goaltenders (incl. Tim Thomas). 55-60 starts is literally the average number of starts for starting goaltenders (2013 season notwithstanding).
-Rask had a .915 SV% the last two seasons and a 2.23 GAA last year (good for 6 or 7th in the league). Even if it’s not his personal best, it’s better than some of the other [real] tire fires in the league by a long shot.
-I just wasted too much time on this. Seriously - thanks for bringing up Haggs

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!

  • I don’t care about Haggs enough to discuss his work at length. I will say, however, that there is NO goaltending controversy, though Tuukka sometimes doesn’t make it easy for the rest of us to say that. But, team defense doesn’t make his job very enjoyable a lot of the time, either.
  • I’d like to reiterate: there is no goaltending controversy. I love Anton Khudobin but Tuukka is a far superior goaltender.
  • Packing, packing, packing.
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  • No desire to hit the office today. Already have an email asking me when a “no pressure” project would be finished. This is the second email asking. Dude, this is our busiest month. Come on.
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    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    though Tuukka sometimes doesn’t make it easy for the rest of us to say that

    Well put.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I get really annoyed when I defend him and then he lays an egg!

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    I find the whole Tuukka ‘controversy’ thing to be a stupid recurring subject.
    It’s just lazy – fans (not just Haggs, but one would think that a guy who follows hockey professionally wouldn’t fall into this trap) always want to blame the goaltender for every score. It shows a lack of understanding of the position & the game.

    And the Tuukka thing in particular is frustrating, because even though he is highly paid, but is perhaps not one of the top-3 ‘tenders in the league year-in and year-out, he is still one of the better starting goalies out there. Yet people are all about swapping him out, as if he’s somehow a problem. Yeah, I’m sure if they had Lundquist, Bishop, Rinne, Holtby, Jones or Price, they’d have all sorts of Stanley Cup victories (‘cuz look how many the Rags/Bolts/Preds/Caps/Sharks/Habs have tallied up recently)

    The other nonsense is that having a G who is paid well is what is preventing the team from somehow being able to land Sidney Crosby

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Yes, I totally agree.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    For the record, when I say it annoys me when he lays an egg after I defend him, I don’t think he is the reason for every loss, or even most of them. It’s more about him giving the doubters ammo. I still think he gets a lot of crap for not being Tim Thomas, but people forget that Tim Thomas had a better defense than Tuukka has had recently. Also, the team in from of Rask isn’t known for their consistency. It seems like he’s expected to score goals sometimes, too, or win every game 1-0. Goaltenders let goals in, people. That’s why people get excited about shutouts.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Love the ANGRY eyes! Speaking of fun movies, Babe: Pig in the City was on the other day. Forgot how much I enjoyed that one.
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    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I have never seen any of the Babe movies!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    The first one is really sweet. The second one is fun but also very dark at times.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Babe is one of those rare films that is better than the book

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I also have not read the book!