DG's Quick Hits- August 4, 2002

Daigle: not much to “Crow” about

Karyia gets a pay cut

Ferraro retires to the broadcast booth


Alexandre Daigle, the former Victoriaville Tigres junior standout, is attempting a return to the National Hockey League, claiming that he has rediscovered his passion for the sport. This time, it is not a joke (mikster’s April Fool’s Joke, anyone?), as the San Jose Sharks have offered him a tryout this September. Also, Daigle is apparently romantically tangled with pop rocker Sheryl Crow, someone who just happens to be twelve years Daigle’s senior (she’s 39, Daigle’s 27).

However, despite all the good intentions this looks like, I can’t get over the fact that it seems like Daigle is just trying to get attention and really doesn’t have any desire to compete. Think about it: first, he announces his intentions to come back late last month. Then he gets a tryout from the Sharks, who are obviously taking a huge risk. Now that he seems to be a big deal in the hockey circuit, it seems like he felt he had to complete the deal by finding some way to be completely high profile, becoming the celebrity he hoped. Enter Crow, who’s not exactly a Pamela Anderson in profile (or in beauty, I might add), but big enough for recognition, giving Daigle a high profile relationship and a more public profile than most hockey celebrities. Add to the fact Daigle once admitted he had no heart and this all seems like some sort of sideshow that Daigle is putting together to “clean up his image”. Sorry, Alexandre, but I see through it and frankly, I’m not impressed. Hey, maybe you and Sheryl actually do love each other and maybe you do love the game- I don’t know your inner life and neither do I care. However, from what it all seems, it looks like a sideshow and I can’t appreciate something that fake.


Anaheim Mighty Duck Paul Karyia received a new contract worth $10 million a year, representing a $1 million pay cut from his last contract. The deal at least ostensibly ensures that Karyia won’t be dealt any time soon.

This isn’t exactly a deal I want to comprehend, even though it is understandable why it was done. Everyone- including myself- feel that Karyia is wasting his time in Anaheim, as it is obvious the Ducks won’t be playing anywhere near .300 hockey for at least another few years (or decades, whichever comes first). Yet, Karyia still signed with the team, maybe hoping that he’ll be rejuvenated with Adam Oates as his centreman, instead of bolting the Ducks. However, considering that the better clubs play in warmer climes (re: actual hockey towns) and that Karyia is getting his money, and the deal makes sense on Karyia’s part. He’s just another athlete looking for money without any actual care for the sport (Alexandre Daigle, anyone?), otherwise, he would have bolted Anaheim by now. Which is okay, but Paul, please don’t ever ask to be traded to a Stanley Cup contender: they want guys who will actually care about the game and not just about the dough.


St. Louis Blues centreman Ray Ferraro has announced his retirement from the game of hockey after 18 seasons, opting for a career in the broadcast booth. Ferraro, 37, never won a Cup, playing predominantly for bottom-feeders, with the closest he ever got to the Cup being a semi-final appearance as a New York Islander in 1992-93.

So closes one of hockey’s quietest careers, one that was never filled with All-Star Games or awards but filled with the image of goals when you needed them, an offensive threat that may not have been the best but was definitely worth keeping tabs on. My only hope is that Ferraro is much better in the broadcast booth than he was at hockey, but, considering that most jocks-turned-broadcasters turn out to be busts, I’m not keeping my hopes up. Oh well: at least his pension should be good.

9 Responses to DG's Quick Hits- August 4, 2002

  1. keon says:

    I just have something to say about your comment regarding Paul Kariya. “He’s just another athlete looking for money without any actual care for the sport…otherwise, he would have bolted Anaheim by now.” What’s your problem man…if it wasn’t for Paul Kariya, there probably wouldn’t be a team in Anaheim. One of the few times when a player shows a little loyalty to there club…he gets bashed for it! Give me a freakin’ break!

    You guys ridicule guys like Hasek, Cujo, Yashin, Peca, Primeau and Lindros for “quitting” on their teams and jumping ship…so when a guy finally shows a little loyalty and team leadership, he gets trashed too?

    If the Wings hadn’t won a Stanley Cup, would Steve Yzerman be shunned for staying in Detroit? How about Sakic, or Madano; would they be criticized too?

    The Ducks are very close to being a playoff contending team. They have the money to spend on free agents…they just need to win a few more games to attract the talent. This coming season, they will have Kariya, Sykora, Oates, Cullen and a healthy Steve Rucchin on forward.

    JS Giguere is a legit #1 goalie. Keep in mind he was playing for one of the worst teams in hockey…his stats for 2001-2002: 20-25-6, 4 shutouts, 2.13 GAA, .93 S%

    I am a firm believer that Paul Kariya is doing the RIGHT thing by staying with the Ducks, and I am a firm believer that the Ducks are on the road to making themselves a respectable hockey club.

  2. GO_LEAFS_GO says:

    Thats outrageous, the many things you suggest about the Ducks…

    Paul Kariya is one of the most loyal players I’ve seen in a long time…he doesn’t want to give up…you know why? because in 2-3 years this team is going to be one of the best..

    Players like Chistov, Smirnov, Lupul, Popovic, Sauer, Brent, Bryzgalov, Parsinnen will all be in the NHL by then and flying high…

    Players like Cullen, McDonald, Vishnevsky, Leclerc, and last but not least, J.S Giguere will be in their prime…

    Any line containing players like Kariya and Sykora will be in the cream of the crop as one of the top lines in the league.

    The Ducks wont be playing over .300 hockey? HAHA…They will be over .500 buddy, its just the question if they can make the postseason…

    Oh and one more thing smart guy…if Kariya is such a money loving freak why does he donate more then his fair share to charities and spends numerous amounts of time at sick kids hospitals huh?

  3. Brettsko says:

    Just because a guy sticks with a team that isn’t winning doesn’t mean he is only in it for the money. Kariya is the Ducks captain and he’s doing his best to turn them around. Just because he doesn’t desert the team he started with to try and win a cup immediatley, doesn’t mean all he cares about is money. I’m sure if he was traded somewhere else, he would be making just as much money.

    The Sharks are not taking any risk in Daigle. The guy is a free agent, probably will sign for next to nothing and has top notch talent. He’ll have a chance to proove himself ona contender. Plus they aren’t giving him a spot on a top line, he’s simply getting a tryout. No risk at all there.

    And one more thing…Sheryl Crow is damn fine, and isn’t 50% silicon either.

  4. YingYan says:

    I think you are jealous that Daigle banged Pamela Anderson and now Crow but if you don’t find Crow attractive you can say so without diminishing her. ;p

  5. DG says:

    I’m not trying to diminish Sheryl Crow at all- I just think Pamela Anderson is better looking- and no, I’m not jealous at all that Alexandre Daigle decided to have fun with Anderson at all. Hey, it would be nice, but I’ve got better things to worry about. Besides, it’s my opinion, and, in my opinion, I believe Daigle is putting on a show as opposed to being real. I did admit in the article and I do admit now that I could be wrong- and I hope I am- but so far, all I see is Daigle putting on a show just to appear serious about hockey as opposed to really being serious.


  6. DG says:

    For those of you wondering why I’m questioning the move of Paul Karyia to re-sign with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks:

    Okay, yes, I do blast players like Domonik Hasek and Keith Primeau for a lack of loyalty and, yes, it does look hypocritical for me to suggest Karyia is going nuts. However, there’s two sides to the loyalty deal- the player to the team and the team to the player. In that regard, I don’t understand why Karyia would want to stick with a team that doesn’t seem loyal to him- in other words, wanting to build a winner around him- and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks haven’t done enough to show me that they’ve really improved. Hey, just like Alexandre Daigle and his apparent sideshow, I hope I am wrong, but so far not enough has been presented to me to convince me otherwise.


  7. keon says:

    True, the Ducks haven’t done a lot to improve in the past…but bringing in Oates and Sykora can’t hurt the team. Oates is going to give Kariya an all-star year, and Sykora and Rucchin are going to be a nice tandem, pending both stay healthy. The Ducks are slowly on the right path now…and they have been trying. Honestly, the Jeff Friesen experiment was a good idea.

  8. YingYan says:

    I get your take on him, but your article was more gossip against that creep than actual news, anyway take care and keep them coming! ;p

  9. GO_LEAFS_GO says:

    I think they’ve done fairly well with who they’ve aquired….not EVERYONE wants to come to Anaheim ya know

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