DocEmrick wrote:Completely agree with you here. First off, and call me an idiot, but when I first read Kostitsyn's quote, I couldn't even name the team he played for. And I consider myself an avid hockey follower. Shows you how popular he is. As for Roenick, he was just trying to salvage whatever media attention he could. Semin was a product of the "My picture/name is on top of the NHL.com Scoring Leaders list" and then eventually he fell off. I bet if you'd interview Semin today he'd say something much different.
You're an idiot.
I'm completely kidding, but you invited it so I figured I'd give you what you asked for. The Kostitsyn brothers are actually fairly well known around the league, but this guy is a long stretch away from being a relevant enough figure in the league that people should care about his opinion of other players in the game.
Haha, yeah well that actually bothered me. When I read that quote by Kostitsyn, I was upset that I couldn't name the team he was on, since I follow most all teams in the NHL (except for the Islanders). But you're exactly right about him being a relevant figure that people should care about.
I'm sure if a reporter asked Ovechkin's opinion of Crosby, AO would say "He's a great passer, a great center. One of the best in the league." Honestly, it comes down to people trying to make a name for themselves and who can blame them? In a league that markets ONE PLAYER. Such as if I have a job...and my company praises ONE PERSON...and somebody from my company asks me about that person, I'm going to say "Well here's how I do stuff, I think it's more effective. I almost have equal numbers as so and so, blah blah blah..." Though the NHL is trying to get exposure in various markets, everybody blows it out of proportion into a huge deal. The NHL needs as much media as possible to get back on ESPN, or any viable sports market that's NOT VERSUS, imho.
Point-in-case, we're working on that.
As an aside, Semin is a great player, and will be great for years to come, barring serious injury or a return to Russia for a gazillion dollars. On top of that, he will never be as good as our elite.
RxBandit66 wrote: DocEmrick wrote:
RxBandit66 wrote:Oh, I don't disagree at all. The difference is that Crosby can have four assists on a night where nobody hardly notices him. Lemieux and Francis (especially Francis) were like that. Jagr, like Malkin, was more dynamic on the ice, but when healthy, Lemieux would always trump him in total points.
Also I agree that Roenick is a washed-up suckhole loser. Maybe all that BOTOX from his wife is starting to creep into his skin and ****** his thought process. Well, old JR was never the most intelligent person....or the best passer....or the best goal scorer....or the best teammate. So why are people talking about him? Because like you said, the *****bag just does whatever he can to get his name in the press these days. At this point, he is a hockey player in name only. He hasn't been good for fifteen years.
Definitely on the same page about Roenick. He lost it PUBLICLY after the lockout, with his comment about the fans, but he had lost his touch (if he had ever even had one) a long time before that. As for his comment about rooting for team Canada, I'd be ashamed to have such a person root for Canada.
As for Malkin / Lemieux comparison, I definitely see a resemblance. I just think, ultimately, that Malkin will surpass Sidney in points. Malkin seems to be a right place and right time player. I attribute that to his natural hockey sense, his natural ability, and his developed skill. Thank god he didn't end up as another Morozov, which I believe a few LGPers predicted