Morning Free Association: Oh No! It’s the EBUG

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As you have heard by now, last Saturday night the Carolina Hurricanes required an emergency backup goalie (EBUG) to enter the game as their net minder because both Petr Mrazek and James Reimer went down with injuries. Toronto Marlies Zamboni driver and Friday practice goalie, David Ayres, entered the game a little more than halfway through the second period and led the Canes to victory by by saving 8 of 10 shots on goal. Sure, the Canes were leading 4-1 when he filled in but Toronto quickly scored 2 goals making it 4-3 by the end of the period.

Then, the Leafs fell apart in the third, only taking 7 shots on goal and allowing Warren Foegele and Martin Necas both to score unassisted.

Ayres is also a kidney transplant recipient, getting a healthy kidney from his mother, which is just the best story. She gave him life twice and he never takes it for granted.

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas seemed especially salty afterwards, saying the team was in a “no-win situation”.

What?

I cannot stress this enough:

You play to win the game

I do not care if the EBUG for tonight’s game is Charlie Coyle’s adorable bell-ringing grandma and she has to replace Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin due to their injuries/ illness; I want the Bruins to light that lamp as many times as they can, sending such a barrage of shots that it makes the poor old lady dizzy. When you’re fighting for a playoff spot, you absolutely shoot all the pucks at your employee who is acting as the other teams goalie. Dubas’ lame excuse is the way to get fired.

Everyone who believes that hockey is good and fun enjoyed the Ayres story. He’s been honored in Carolina at their first home game after Saturday.

He was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, filling in for Stephen and his bandleader Jon Batiste.

He was on the Today Show, where he got to call his mom.

Naturally everyone loves this story, even the NHL. Well, maybe not. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.com that the EBUG will be a topic of conversation at next week’s GM meeting in Boca Raton.

“I think it’s a fair question,” Deputy Commissioner Daly said. “It’s something we’ve given some consideration to over the years. As recently as last year, we discussed [it] with the general managers. It happens very, very rarely, but when it happens, it obviously raises everybody’s attention to the issue and whether there are fixes that need to be made to that particular issue.”

He seemed to be alluding to this topic under the guise of safety and liability.

“There’s no easy fixes to it,” Deputy Commissioner Daly said. “Particularly, we have to work with the [NHL] Players’ Association. Who’s a player? Who’s not a player? What qualifies all of that? But obviously we want what’s best for the game, and we want to make sure people aren’t putting themselves in danger by playing goal in a National Hockey League game. … So that’s obviously something we have to continue to work through.”

Of course, the cynics of the hockey world and fandom believe that this topic has come up since it was the Toronto Maple Leafs who were embarrassed in this situation.

Were this true, it would be a bad look for the NHL. The league may be based in Toronto in part by the hockey world certainly doesn’t — and shouldn’t — rotate around the Maple Leafs.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. It’s not an EBUG problem. It’s a Leafs problem. They had a game handed to them on a silver platter and ended up playing like they don’t give a shit. And like I said the other day when I posted Dubas’s quote, can you imagine the reaction of Bruins fans if Sweeney said something like that?

If a coach can’t motivate you to win a game with a freakin’ beer league goalie in net then the inmates are definitely running the asylum and ownership/management are those parents that don’t want to upset their kids so they don’t discipline them and let them get away with anything.

Holy long sentence, Batman.

TLDR: Here’s a gif that sums up the Leafs attitude this season:
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Nooooo! It’s a great system, don’t change it.

We’ve had snow this morning! For a few minutes in between a lot of rain.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

We had rain this morning that has now turned over to sloopy sloppy slush. Sloopy is a word I just invented. lol

The London Bear
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The London Bear
Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ha! Best part is it’s just me in the office right now so I was able to crank it and bop around in my char!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Rick Derringer!!!!

Stripes
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Stripes

EBUG!!! Please, don’t change the rule…. People love this stuff. Why would you change something that makes every fan dream big?? What reason could there be?? Who’s behind this??? could it be….Satan??

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I really enjoy the occasional EBUG. This is just the Leafs fans deflecting from the fact that they’d lost the game before he even went in.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I wonder if Toronto might miss the playoffs? Florida are two points back with a game in hand. Someone in the Metro might end up with more points than a Flortheast playoff team, yet not make the playoffs…