Monday, October 2, 2006

Ty Die (this headline is so bad, I'm keeping it)

It's a bit late, but I couldn't let this pass without some sort of comment. Conklin, seen here in happier times, with a prophetic net full of pucks behind him, lost out to Fedrik Norrena for the Columbus Blue Jactets' backup goalie spot and was sent down through waivers on Saturday. Nobody picked him up of course, and while it may be a bit much to expect him to play his way back into the big leagues, he still is only an injury away from the NHL. Then again, this could be the last we ever hear from him, a moment that warrants a moment of reflection.

What I'm trying to say, in my own snarky way, is that it's my great hockey wish that this dude's last real NHL stint wasn't the 3-4 minutes it took him to cough the game-winning goal to Rod Brind'amour in a crushing Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The bottom line is that in a larger sense he's a great goalie, but not good enough for the NHL -- there is no real, actual shame in that, no matter what the fans say. Equally commendable is that he was apparently popular with the team and an all-round nice guy who masochistically didn't shy away from interviews, even at the height of his suckiness.

Thing is, I want to make fun of the guy, in a Tommy Salo-kind of way, not in a Scott Norwood oh-god-is-he-going-to-kill-himself kind of way. Unfortunately, a Stanley Cup Finals gaffe is a blunder of the highest order, enough for me to wish him the best, mostly out of fear that he'll end up an alcohol-drenched punchline found wandering in a drainage ditch outside his hometown Anchorage, Alaska.

Oh, hockey gods, at least let him play one more NHL game! And if you have any sense of perversity (which I know you do), you'll let it be against the Oilers when we hump him for 8 goals on sixteen shots, banishing him to a life in the ECHL forever.

13 comments:

peck said...

I don't know, I think more people should be defending Salo instead of Conklin. Salo was an undisputed number one for many years, and come every fall, Edmonton would cry about how Salo was so underrated and deserved more respect.

Sure, he fizzled out in spectacular fashion, but at least he had a career before that. Conklin could never make the same claim.

Colby Cosh said...

Can you believe Conky is still three games over .500 for his career? I can't make this fact compute. I'm like an australopethicus with a Mobius strip here.

mudcrutch79 said...

I'm almost in complete agreement with your dream scenario. I want him to have to play in Calgary the night after Edmonton destroys him and get a shutout.

Oh, and break Kiprusiff's leg.

Julian said...

Conklin taking out Kiprusoff in a fight would be a great way for him to repay Oilers fans for last season.

bigleaguer said...

Not enough, not even close!

Jordi said...

Even though I still hate this guy, I do feel a little sorry for him. But if this guy plays against Kipper, breaking his leg will do no good. That guy stretches like, for hours. He could probably kick his own ass.

Matt said...

Best accompanying photo ever.

pete said...

wouldn't it be more perverse to have him shut-out the oilers in a meaningless game for columbus, but one that eliminates the oilers from playoff contention in the penultimate game of the season?

Pleasure Motors said...

If Conklin found a way to score on the Oilers' empty net in the dying seconds of the game, pete, then yes, that would probably be the most perverse way for him to end his career.

uni said...

I agree with Peck, I still hate how people beat up on Salo. He won Sweden a gold medal against Canada and was damn good for a while in Edmonton. And I recall a certain Dallas playoff series where he was the only thing holding them in games, well of course Belfour was still god-like at the other end, but the Oil weren't generating exactly a tonne of offensive chances either.

It's really sad the way he had to go down, that whole Belarus thing and the implosion within the Oil net later on. I wish him well, and he was a damn fine goalie in his prime.

Anonymous said...

Mike, now might be a good time to reprint the infamous "your save percentage was terrible!" comic...

chris!

mudcrutch79 said...

There's a place that prints shit on t-shirts here. I'm considering having that applied to one.

Dave said...

Love that pic, Mike. Nice.