The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

I am well aware that the season is far from over, but now that the regular season is coming to an end I thought I’d write an article on the good Stroies, the bad stories and the ugly incidents that have occured during this season. Obviously a lot more good, bad and ugly stories can happen in the remainder of the season, depending what happens in the last two weeks and of course the playoffs.

I’ll Start with the Ugly:

Bertuzzi incident: I obviously couldn’t leave this one off the list. I’m sure everyone is sick and tired about hearing about this so I’m not going to talk about it. Sure the whole play was brutal, but what I think the ugly part about it was how much media coverage it got and how they made Bertuzzi look like viscious villain. It’s quite sad how the media (especially in the US) focuses so much on a story like this rather than the feel-good stories.

Dan Snyder/Danny Heatley: Horrible incident. Plain and simple. It looked like the Thrashers might have challenged for the playoffs at one point in the season but they quickly fell out of the race. If they made it in that would of turned the ugliest incident into the best feel-good story.

Major Injuries this season: Now, injuries are always ugly incidents, but this year seemed like there were more key guys getting seriously injured. Just to mention a few: Forsberg, Hatcher, Hasek, MacInnis, Allison (last season mind you), Deadmarsh (dido), Bure (dido again!), Palffy, Stevens, Lemieux, Roenick, Nagy and Jackman. And those are just the best names I can think of. There are numerous more lesser known players with serious injuries.

Other Notable Ugly Incidents:

-Comrie’s holdout and how harsh it got.

-Roenick throwing water bottle at the ref

-Ottawa/Phille brawl

And now for the, Bad:

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Based on this team’s amazing run in the playoffs last season, and the amazing play of J.S. Giguere in that run, and adding Sergei Federov to the team, this year’s version of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks is a big disapointement. People were expecting the Ducks to pick up where they left off and challenge to win the Pacific Divison or at least finish 4th/5th. But that didn’t even remotely come close to happening. And a chunk of the blame must be given to J.S. Giguere. His season has been absolutely terrible, especially considering the media focus he received last year and how everyone was saying he’s the next best thing. Goes to show you just how ‘Streaky’ goalies get.

The Washington Capitals: For a team that has won the Southeast divison many times and has often made the playoffs this team took a big nose dive. The owner overspent and the team drew little attendance. With all that talent they had at the beginning of the season there was no reason for them not to make the playoffs. But bad can quickly turn into good. This team has a bright future with a bundle of prospects and draft picks.

Mike Modano: Talk about a bad season. 10 goals and 38 points in 68 games? wow. And a wopping -19. And that’s on a team with mostly plus players. What happened to this guy? 7th on the Stars for points? gheez. Yet he got to start at centre in the All Star game for the first time in his career. Go figure.

Patrick Lalime: For a goalie that made the All Star game last year, took Ottawa the furthest they’ve ever been the past two seasons, and was arguably the Senators’ MVP last year in a President’s trophy winning year, he’s had a very bad season. 24-21-7 is a very bad record for a starting goalie on a contending team. That being said he can write off this season with superb play in the playoffs. Where he’s been known to excel over the past 2 seasons.

Other bad stories:

-Quennville firing

-of course the New York Rangers once again not making the playoffs yet being towards the top in payroll.

And now to make things more positive, the Good:

Martin St. Louis: Even if you don’t like this guy, you have to admit that his play this season is a good story. It’s always good when a little guy does so well in a big man’s league. But to me the real good story is where this guy came from. He was a no-namer in Calgary for three years and played his fair share in the AHL. But since going to Tampa he’s really developed into a star and now will challenge for the MVP. It goes to show that hard work and determination pays off.

Calgary Flames: Finally the longest playoff-drought streak is coming to an end. And not only did they just sqeak in they might even get hom ice advantage! And they could easily get past the 1st round because they will be playing 1 of the following teams: Dallas/San Jose or Vancouver. A lot easier than Detroit/Colorado. Plus down the stretch they’ve beaten the toughest teams. Detroit/Colorado/Ottawa. Wow. Props to Darryl Sutter on great coaching and managerial work.

The surprising rookies: In a year when the candidates for rookies at the start of the year were believed to be the likes of Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, Tummo Ruutu and Nathan Horton, many surprising rookies have blossomed out of nowhere. Ryder, Raycroft and Hunter came out of nowhere and will be the likely candidates for the Calder.

Other Good stories so far this year:

-The Montreal Canadiens

-Tampa Bay Lightning

-Pittsubrugh’s recent play

– 5 out of 6 Canadian teams are playoff bound. Maybe even all 6

And now the one story that is the Ultimate The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly. The one story that had all three components. The story that filled hockey headlines in the early season. And it goes to the Detroit Red Wings’ Goaltending saga.

The Bad of it is Dominik Hasek. One of the greatest goalies ever to play the game comes out of retirement and has a brutal season. Sure he only played 20 or so games but those games were mediocre at best. And his latest stunt of walking away from the team is just brutal.

The Ugly is Ken Holland. I bet he feels like a schmuck now. Placing Joseph on waivers and sending him to the minors was a slap in the face to Cujo. But from his point of view he did what he to do. Holland is one lucky GM that no team picked him up off of waivers. They do not want to go with Legace come playoffs.

And the Good is Cujo. He was a class act through this whole ordeal and never complained once. Not once. He showed a lot of character through this and goes to show what a good team player he is. And he’ll be awarded with the start in the playoffs on the best team in the NHL. Good things happen to Good people.

17 Responses to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

  1. garyroberts7 says:

    The Good

    -Martin St. Louis is definitely the most skillful player in the league. You can’t argue with that.

    The Bad

    -Cujo will not win it for the Red Wings. He just doesn’t have the confidence to play, and he hasn’t played enough. He’s been in the minors.

    The Ugly

    -Lalime sucks. He’s the reason Ottawa won’t win the cup.

    The Comment

    -Couldn’t of said it better about Modano

  2. Donovan says:

    The Good- Blondie

    The Bad- Angel Eyes

    The Ugly- Tuco Bendicto Pacifico Jaun Maria Ramierez

    “For three men, the Civil War hasn’t hell. It was practice.”

    “Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We’re gonna have to earn it.”

    Followed by A Fistfull of Dollers, For a Few Dollers More, and to a lesser extent Once Upon a Time in the West.

  3. skandelousHABSfan says:

    The good – everything abuot the Habs – Souray, Theo, Ryder, Riberio, Gainey, Julian, Kovalev, that they are making the playoffs, and that they actually look like they can do some damage

    the bad – The Rangers……. I mean common…..

    The ugly – All the high sticking (I refuse to talk about the Bertuzi insedent anymore……oops)

    the comment – all 6 canadian teams in the playoffs would be huge!!!!!

  4. cementhead says:

    From a Coyotes Fan:

    The Good: The first half the season, theyproved all the critics wrong and made many of them believers.

    The Bad: The second half the season. They let all of the believers down and turned many of them into critics.

    The Ugly: They still can’t get a win.

    We better before the season is over.

    I’ve gotta believe for next year…

  5. Wills says:

    Cujo since coming back from his ankle injury a week and a half ago has looked great. Guess what if Detroit can win the Cup with Osgood they can win it with Cujo. Right now they have the best chance at winning the Cup in the whole NHL.

  6. sensman99 says:

    COME ON!

    Was Giguere great in the regular season? No. So Lalime’s not the best goalie in the league. God, he played amazing against Colorado, and he’s made great saves all season. Anyway, he’s backstopped Ottawa to fourth place, so far.

    You’re another Leaf fan, that’s all, so you don’t care about Lalime.

  7. RichterFan says:

    couldn’t of said it better myself.

  8. greatlife15 says:

    has anybody come up with any odds for who’s going to win the Cup?

    I’ll give my thoughts on the odds, but these are if the playoffs started TODAY.

    Detroit – 3 to 1

    Philadelphia – 4 to 1

    Tampa Bay – 5 to 1

    Ottawa – 5 to 1

    Toronto – 6 to 1

    Boston – 6 to 1

    Colorado – 6 to 1

    New Jersey – 6 to 1

    Montreal – 8 to 1

    San Jose – 10 to 1

    Vancouver – 10 to 1

    Calgary – 15 to 1

    Dallas – 15 to 1

    St. Louis – 20 to 1

    Nashville – 30 to 1

    New York Isles – 30 to 1

    Comment on what you guys think, and what your odds are.

  9. dog_farts says:

    -Phily doesn’t have the goaltending to be 4-1

    -Tampa doesn’t have the defense to be 5-1

    -Toronto doesn’t have enough youth to be 6-1

    (it’s not experience anymore when you have 17 players on your roster who’re over 30 years old)

    on the other hand

    -Montreal doesn’t enough experience to be 8-1

    -Colorado(I hate them)but underrated at 6-1

    -Jersey is underrated at 6-1

    (who needs Stevens and Rafalski when you have Brodeur)

    and two teams that might surprise

    -Calgary has played well against some big teams this year

    -Dallas still has the talent is finally starting to click

    and I have to disagree with Donovan, Once Upon A Time In The West is the best of the Spagetti Westerns

  10. kidhenry1 says:

    San Jose and Vancouver both have a better shot than Montreal. No offense to the Canadiens, but a first round matchup with Philly is pretty damn nasty.

  11. skandelousHABSfan says:

    Does Calgary really have THAT much more experiance than the Habs??? The Habs have guys like Brisebois, Souray, Junoe, Dowd, and most importantly, Theo. Calgary hasnt been in the playoffs in almost 7 years, so their experiance isnt so hot either… And as far as beating big teams, the Habs have been beating all the good teams you put in front of them since the all-star break.

    I love Calgary by the way, but you can say that the Habs are underexperianced and go around and pump up CGY…….you know?

  12. Furlong19 says:

    I agree. Their best player Iginla has one career playoff goal. But playoff experience isn’t always necessary. Look at the Ducks/Wild last year. Now I’m not saying experience is not needed. It is obviously. So don’t rebuttal me. Just the odd time unsung heroes rise out of nowhere.

  13. Furlong19 says:

    Colorado has better shot at cup then a lot of the teams in front of them. Same with Dallas. In the east put the top 7 in a hat and pick a name. That’s the most likely from the east.

  14. bruinexpert says:

    not a bad article..although i wouldn’t say that raycroft came out of nowhere…people have been talking about how good he’s going to be for a couple of years now…although goalies are tough to call..look at Kidd or DiPietro just to name a couple

  15. JeffBurnz09 says:

    Modano started the All Star game last year to. I really can’t explain his poor season. He just never snapped out of it. Hopefully the playoffs will be a new start for him and he can get his shit together for 2 months, play well and worry about his financial issues in the Summer. Speaking of which, how do you make 10 million/year and have finincial problems??

  16. Enigma says:

    just when you thought there could not be anymore “ugly” messier and belak go and do what they did.

  17. shortcat1 says:

    As to the good, I have to agree in that the Canadiens are doing way better than predicted this year. The Hockey News season preview for this year placed them at 13th in their conference. It’s quite possible that they could finish as high as fourth (though very unlikely – sixth is a shot). It may be that some players are having career seasons (not to be repeated again) but, then again, it may be that we are seeing the beginning of a long awaited awakening of a sleeping giant. In any case, it’s been a fun ride and may it go on for a while yet – hey, even to a celebratory parade down la rue St-Catherine in June.

    The bad… how much money can you spend to perennially finish out of the playoffs?

    The ugly… the suggested ‘improvements’ to the game by the appointed committee. Good grief! Such tiny tinkering will only bring back stuff that was abandonned a while ago (nets moved back and tag off-sides), make goals a bit more possible (2″ off goalie pads). Already (so far as I understand) there has been backtracking on the goalie playing the puck behind the goal line. As to the three-point regular-time victory. Can’t see that doing much of anything to improve the game. On the whole, a very over-conservative attempt to enliven a game that needs it.

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