Razor With an Edge: Razor Wrote His Thoughts Down

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 10:23 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: Razor Wrote His Thoughts Down
Razor With an Edge: Razor Wrote His Thoughts Down

Roy Has His Bearings

Patrick Roy is an NHL record tying 6-0 to start his NHL coaching career. All the other coaches that started with new teams this season are a combined 9-19

Oh Please, Canada

I get a kick out of Canadian fan-bases. Despite the fact a Canadian team hasn’t won the Cup since Montreal in 1993, they are filled with this charmingly delusional passion that has them believe their hometown team is about 60% better than the actual talent assembled and win/loss record.

Hello 5-Hole My Old Friend

There is enough evidence for me from the first 2 weeks of the regular season to prove that the league’s overdue decision to trim the pad height of goalie’s pads is having the desired effect. Pads were cut from 55% of distance between knee and hip, to 45%. Goaltenders had been able to just drop and trust that equipment had the 5-hole filled, but not so much any more. I’ve seen lots of guys staring at their gear as goal horns howl. Its not a lot but there is now about 2-5 inches more available to shooters – and the puck is 3”x 1”…so.

Artists vs Systems

Nice timing with Nail Yakupov being scratched by his coach and flogged by some media for comments about not finding play without the puck (ie ‘systems’) all that palatable to have legendary defenseman Bobby Orr, on the stump for his new book, Orr: My Story quoted during his interview on CBC stating, “I never heard of a system growing up. Imagine me playing in a system.” Ya, imagine the loss. I honestly feel for some of these young Russian forwards who just want to create and awe. I believe if hockey could abolish tracking and some d-zone coverage/shot blocking the results would be balletic and epic.

Teen Stars

They’re so dreamy, Leif Garrett, Justin Bieber, and Valeri Nichushkin. Val Nichushkin? Hockey-wise he is. And at the tender age of 18 (He won’t be 19 till March) Val is the youngest Dallas Star ever. The only other teen idols were Todd Harvey (19yrs 342 days) and Jamie Langenbrunner (19yrs 259 days). How do you say, “Tiger Beat” in Russian?

Siri-ously

Bet you didn’t know that the voice of Siri on Apple devices is the ex-wife of former NHL center Curt Bennett. Bennett went to Brown and played for the Blues, Rangers and Atlanta Flames. I asked Siri “Who is Curt Bennett” and her reply was, and I’m not making this up, “Did you mean, Curt Fraser”. Hussy.

Vulcanized Rubber Transfer Engineers

The Stars corp of defensemen, a group that returns 5 of the 6 who were here a year ago under the previous administration, has had a bit of a rocky start to the season - some more than others. New coach Lindy Ruff and assistant James Patrick want them to move the puck to the forwards quicker than in past, they call it, “Gettin’ it to them dirty”. At times in the first five games it’s looked to be more, “Get it near them sort of”, “Give it to the other guys instead”, “Get it to no one in particular” and “Get it to them only once they’re covered”. When the defenseman to forward transition game - dirty as it may be desired - cleans itself up, the Stars consistency and success will soar.

And in Closing…

I want the terms “diving” or “embellishing” when referring to players gesticulating wildly like their spine was just removed to get a penalty call, to once and for all, from this day forward, be changed to and announced boldly on the ref-mics as: “Player _____ is being booked for simulation”.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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