First of all, the Calgary Flames are slumping, all due to the numerous problems I’ve highlighted in the past few hockey posts. The near future really doesn’t look good for the Flames. The only thing worth mentioning about them is rookie goaltender Reto Berra’s great start against the Detroit Red Wings, where he made 42 saves in a winning effort. After that, however, he hasn’t shown any of that brilliance. This will be a tough season for the Flames, but I hope it gets better.
The Colorado Avalance have been the best team by far in this 2013/14 season, jumping out to a 14-2-0 start. This was the same team that finished second worst last season. It’s hard to think that a couple trades and a first overall draft pick would turn a team around that much. Because of this, I really think Colorado tanked last season on purpose; I thought this ever since last year, when they began playing shockingly bad. The Avalanche were a solid team at the beginning of last year, and didn’t play too bad until halfway through the season; however, once they started slumping, they never got better. I’m conviced this was on purpose; what with a shortened season, new managment on the way, and the possibility to score big in one of the deepest draft years in history, they probably lost on purpose so they could do way, way better next season, because of the high draft pick they’d “win.” It makes me angry to think that a team would tank to get a pick, but it’s not unheard of. All I can say is that I’m happy the Flames haven’t done it in the past few years, when a high pick wouldn’t have hurt the team at all. Teams shouldn’t tank on purpose to get a hig pick; it defeats the purpose of competition, and therefore the very game itself; it upsets me to say so, but I’m quite certain the Colorado Avalanche did so last season, and they’re being unfairly rewarded for it now.
On the Boston Bruins, the other team I’m supporting this year: they’re playing exceptionally well, which is hardly surprising to anyone. Jarome Iginla is starting to find his fit in Boston, which is nice to see; I hope he starts to net goals more frequently, but I have no doubt that he will.
Finally, a couple quick thoughts:
- Ray Emery should have been suspended for his actions in the game between the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers; he offered Braden Holtby no choice but to fight, and assaulted him in the “fight,” which was really just a sick excuse to beat an unwilling opponent. His actions were disgusting, and I’m shocked they didn’t warrant a suspension, even after Emery bragged about them later. It was sickening to watch, and I hope we never see anything like that again.
- Steven Stamkos was injured in a game between the Tampa Bay Lightening and the Boston Bruins today. I’ve always hated Tampa Bay due to the 2003/04 Stanley Cup Finals, but it’s hard not to like, or at least admire, Steven Stamkos’ talent. Furthermore, he is a classy player, which is always nice to see in the sport. I wish him a speedy recovery from his broken tibia, as all of Canada would love to see him in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He’s one of the absolute best players in the world right now; it’d be a shame to see his career affected due to an injury. I really hope he heals soon, and gets back to playing as soon as possible.