Unless you play baseball.
It appears this idea of not having what it takes to win the Stanley Cup in October will not be going away anytime soon. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to show you how ridiculous this rhetoric is.
To look at a current situation and think a player (with a proven track record) performing poorly will continue to be bad for the rest of the season is, I don’t know, a bit short-sighted. Even the always respectable Tim Sassone is wrong occasionally. Just take a look back at this blog posting of his from last November.
Wow, this might be one of the most hilarious strands of Blackhawk thoughts from last season. Especially since we now know how it all actually played out. Among my favorites:
Havlat is frustrating the Hawks and don’t be surprised if GM Dale Tallon starts shopping the winger, who is making $6 million to not be a difference maker. Havlat is going to be an unrestricted free agent after the season and there’s no way he will be asked back. No chance. None.
Who knew in five months the Chicago media would be reporting breathlessly about Havlat’s tweets and whether or not he was returning to the Hawks.
Or this one:
What were the Hawks thinking when they gave Byfuglien a three-year, $9 million contract anyway.
The outcomes in San Jose and Anaheim could have been different with Havlat, Ladd, Bolland or Brouwer stepping up.
So when Sassone blogged on Sunday afternoon about what to do with the ‘Huet situation’, I just had to smile. He seems to believe sending Huet to Rockford is a real possibility and it certainly might be.
However, if Huet clears waivers and is sent to Rockford, then he’s probably not coming back here until the playoffs start.
Why? Well, let’s run through this hypothetical situation.
Say Huet gets his act together and the Hawks are running a tandem of Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi. One of them isn’t holding up their end of the bargain and goaltending is still an issue. If Huet is called up, he has to clear waivers once again.
So what would stop a team like the Blues or Red Wings (who are still looking for someone to eventually take over in the post-Osgood era after the failed Jimmy Howard experiment and were after Huet two years ago when he was a free agent) from taking a gamble on him? They’d be getting a respectable goaltender for the next two years while they only have to fit half the bill and their key divison rival takes care of the rest.
And you’re sick of watching him now? How about watching him get his act together for a division rival and the Hawks paying for him to do it? Meanwhile, there’s a black hole of sucktitude standing in the UC net on a nightly basis.
Now maybe you’re saying, “John, don’t be silly. How unlikely does that scenario you just mentioned seem?”
And I would respond to you, my interweb friends, “About as unlikely as thinking last November, Havlat would be the Hawks’ best player come April.”
*On the Farm*
–Rockford won their second game in a row on Saturday night beating the Peoria Rivermen in a shoot-out 4-3. The Ice Hogs trailed 3-0 halfway through the second, then responded with three unanswered goals. Bryan Bickell put them on the board with an assist from Jake Dowell. Matt Keith scored the next two also assisted by Dowell both times. Corey Crawford faced 28 shots and stopped 25 of them. Danny Bois, Rob Klinkhammer, Evan Brophey, and Derek Nesbitt were goal scorers in the shoot-out.
In case you were wondering, in the AHL, they use five shooters in their shoot-out format instead of three.
—According to this guy, Shawn Lalonde missed the last two games for Belleville due to a shoulder injury that’s likely to sideline him for the next month.
–After costing his team on Friday night with a tripping penalty, Kyle Beach scored the game-winning goal for Spokane on Saturday night in their 3-1 win over Kootenay. Of course, later in the third, he was sent off for another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty along with teammate Corbin Baldwin.
—Byron Froese assisted on Everett’s game-winning power play goal against the Kelowna Rockets. He was a +1 and had 4 penalty minutes.
–Minnesota-Duluth swept their weekend series against Minnesota State with a 3-2 win. Dan DeLisle picked up his first point of the season when he assisted on UMD’s second goal. Dylan Olsen was held in check and was a -1.
–RPI went 0-1-1 in the Alaska Gold Rush. They lost on Friday night to Alaska-Anchorage 3-0. On Saturday night, Brandon Pirri was their lone goal scorer in a 1-1 tie with Alaska-Fairbanks.
—Billy Sweatt went scoreless in Colorado College’s weekend against the University of Wisconsin. He did have 10 shots on goal, though. For the season, Sweatt has a goal and assist in 4 games.