Here We Go Again….

And we’re going to interrupt your lovely Friday afternoon by bringing you this thought from the criminally insane:

Watching Dustin Byfuglien’s game-winning rush Wednesday night is a reminder of his game when he was a defenseman.

Given the puck in his own end, a few steps and a head of steam, Byfuglien’s a force.

It’s something he did a lot as a defenseman, which he was until the previous Blackhawks regime moved him up because of a logjam on defense two years ago.

Byfuglien was far from perfect as a defenseman, but he had value as a puck-carrier with a heavy shot, something teams pay a lot to find.

Who knows how he might have developed by now. Maybe he’d be a defenseman who can’t play defense but can move north and south for a lot less than $7.1 million a year.

Maybe he would have continued to star as he did in the AHL, or maybe he would have been terrible.

Problem is, we’ll never know.

Now, I won’t even bother trying to compare how Dustin Byfuglien would be as a defenseman in comparison to Brian Campbell.  Only a truly certifiable person or someone who has been tripping on acid for the last six months can do that.

What I will say is, we know exactly Dustin Byfuglien would look like as a NHL defenseman because we saw it on full display in the overtime on Wednesday night. 

A big, lumbering player with below average foot speed.  Sounds a lot like Matt Gilroy, the guy Byfuglien blew out of the water. 

While Byfuglien’s shot is a ‘thing’ and his size makes him a physical force, there is no way the Hawks made the wrong move when they shifted him to forward.  Byfuglien’s lack of foot speed on defense would have made him a liability of Adrian Aucoin-like proportions. 

That’s without taking into account the below-average hands he sports on his wrists.  Because nothing says future Norris Trophy winner quite like a big guy who can’t skate backwards well and can’t handle a pass. 

But go ahead and keep dropping acid.  You’ll be amazed at the things you can imagine.

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5 Responses to Here We Go Again….

  1. Dave Morris says:

    Yeah, but just imagine Barry Rozner as a writer. THAT is scary.

  2. Patrick says:

    That’s not scary, that’s funny (especially your writeup)…

  3. Jeff Bartl says:

    Rozner and RosenDouche should be tared and feathered and left on display in front of the United Center with a sign hanging above them that reads “Restroom.”

  4. Matthew says:

    They’re definitely bad sportswriters, but they’re just sportswriters. I think the “Restroom” gag – great as it is – should be done to anyone not from Detroit.

  5. Jake says:

    I don’t even read any of Rozner’s articles..he’s full of shit..and I don’t read them because this way there are less hits for his articles..perhaps one day the Herald will completely stop him from writing!

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