Distractions... and Foppa!

Big things are happening in and around the league right now, what with the All-Star sham coming up and now the return of Foppa (that’s Peter Forsberg, for you rookies).  So, what does it all mean?

Let me start with my take on the All-Star Sham, er uh, game…

This year, the NHL – in its infinite wisdom – has decided to “draft” the teams.  What does this mean to you?  Well, if you’re an Avs fan, not much since the only player from Colorado participating is Matt Duchene (Kevin Shattenkirk is competing in the rookie skills competition but will not play in the game).  But, let’s assume you are a fan of another NHL team.  As an example, I will use Chicago.  The Blackchickens have a total of 4 players in the game – Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Towes and Patrick Sharp.  I will guarantee, yes GUARANTEE, that all 4 of these players will not be playing on the same team once the “draft” is complete.  That being said, who in the hell do the Chi-town fans root for?

This moronic brainchild of the NHL top brass has completely removed all allegiance out of the All-Star game.  I don’t know about you, but I was always happy to root for the Western Conference when the All-Star game came around.  It was sort of a, “Hey the Avs are in the West, my boys will be playing for the West, so GO WEST!”  Now it’s simply a poor attempt at marketing and TV ratings and has been turned into a complete sham (a la North America vs. The World).  Nicklas Lidstrom will get to pick his buddies and Eric Stall will get to pick his buddies and someone will have the dubious distinction of being picked last.  May as well throw all of the player’s sticks into the center ice circle and toss them off to each side like an old pond hockey drop-in game.  Lame…

Now let’s chat a bit about Foppa…

Peter Forsberg was an AMAZING hockey player.  Those of us that were fortunate enough to see him play in person were rewarded with greatness.  In 706 career games, he piled up 249 goals and 636 assists for a total of 885 points.  That is a pace of 1.25 points per game.  He was tough as nails, had remarkable skill in the corners and his vision of the ice and play around him was exemplary.  I will go out on a limb to say that, when healthy, he was the best all-around hockey player to ever don an Avalanche sweater.

So, does that mean I would like to see him back in that sweater?  Well, I’m on the fence here.  I think that he could bring great things to the locker room, he could share experience with the younger guys and he could definitely boost things on the offensive side of the ice.  But, his style of play has always made him injury prone and there are other, more important, voids to fill.

I will reiterate what I have been saying all season – if the Avalanche want to make it any further than a one-and-done in the post-season, they have got to spend their money on the blue-line.  The defense is horrendous and now their goaltending is dropping like a dress on prom night.  If the team continues to allow 3.27 goals against per game (the hapless Edmonton Oil-spill is the ONLY team in the league allowing more), this season is over…

Disagree?  Give me you thoughts!!!

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