Bad – That’s A Bad Nyquist
Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first instalment of: How Many Games (let’s call it HMG for short). Our first contestant is Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings. I’m guessing most of you have seen this, if not, here it is. Everyone needs to stop calling it a high stick, because it’s not. That is 100% a spear to the face. What was he thinking? How does he not get ejected from the game? Nyquist is now going to have an in person hearing with the NHL on the incident. To those who know their stuff, this most likely means he’s getting at least 6 games. I think he should have the book thrown at him with a 10-game suspension. Anything south of 7 games is ridiculous as the league needs to clamp down on these plays.
Operation Free Marchenko
Ok, enough is enough. We all know and understand that Marchenko needs to get reaffirmed with the system but come on. Having a conversation with a buddy on twitter (@TMLhottakes) opened my eyes to something. This isn’t game one anymore and all these rookies are newcomers in the league. Teams know what they are and know how to contain them now. They need something new and to quote @TMLhottakes, “they need a shake-up”. Marchenko could be that “shake-up” that the Leafs need. I’m not saying that him being in the line-up will dramatically change anything, but it adds a new mind and play to the roster. Perhaps after the deadline we’ll see Marchenko in blue, but in the mean time we’ll have to wait.
Can we give him the Norris now? I owe him an apology. Every time I saw him, I would compare him to Sam Losco from Trailer Park Boys (great show you should check it out). He is so good and is putting up amazing numbers this year. Currently sitting 4th in the league in points with 59 (24 goals 35 assists), Burns is only 2 points away from passing Connor McDavid in league scoring as a defenceman! San Jose must be thrilled that they figured out that contract extension when they did. Every game, Brent Burns is proving to his team as well as all over the league that he will be worth that 8 million a year. We can all defiantly say that his play has been excellent (ha see what I did there?)