Waking from Hibernation
During the Canucks tweetup this past Tuesday, I had a chance to talk to Scott Rintoul (@ScottRintoul & co-host of “BS in the Morning” on Team 1040) about some of my pet peeves. We spoke about my “admiration” of Shane O’Brien (word is a picture exists of me wearing a shirt with his name and number on it), my belief that Luongo practices the Grant Fuhr Method to Goaltending, and why I believe Kyle Wellwood is part bear.
Yes, you heard that right. I think Kyle Wellwood is part bear.
Since the Olympic break, I can’t think of any other player who has stepped up his game as much as Welly. True some have maintained their game (Mikael Samuelsson pre-injury case in point) and others have found a way to produce (Exhibit A – Henrik Sedin, albeit at a reduced rate), but what other player has decided that he wants to dominate the game?
I’ll immediately concede that Kyle’s not been dialing up the points like there’s no tomorrow, but the guy has 7 of his 22 belt notches since the two week vacation in February – for those keeping score at home, nearly 1/3 of his point total in 14 games. If you factor this type of production over the full NHL schedule, he’d be sitting on 41 points – tied for 7th in scoring should the German singing sensation Ehrhoff not get another marker. The kid’s also figured out how to attach the puck to his stick, having found new ways to stickhandle inside a telephone booth – always the type of play that gets people to the edge of their seat.
So why the bear reference? Well, compare his play now to his play at the end of last season? Huh? Eh? You see what I mean? Welly was getting dirty along the side boards. He was getting the puck on net and getting in the middle of traffic to create chances. He also allegedly beat the living daylights out of Mats Sundin for stealing his Mozza Burger – well, maybe I just made that one up but how else did Mats get his black eye in the playoffs?
He figures out how to play tough when he wakes up.
Chris – “You see, Kyle Wellwood is part bear. He eats himself out of house and home in the summer, goes to sleep and hibernates in the fall & winter, and then wakes up in the spring and begins to produce.”