The Maven's Haven

  • Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    The "Why-Because" Hour

    WHY...
    Will Josh Bailey finally blossom into the star anticipated by the Islanders when he was their high, 2008 Draft pick?

    BECAUSE...
    His late-season move to the wing from center -- remember, he totaled 18 points in his last 20 games last season -- means that Josh isn’t joshing anymore.

    WHY...
    Did Jim Rutherford sign Alexander Semin for his Hurricanes considering The Sad Russian's history as big-time baggage?

    BECAUSE...
    Raleigh isn't Washington and Semin’s large talent will mesh with the Staal Brothers. Also, Alex got too big a bad rap from some of the easily-irritable D.C. media.

    WHY...
    Are the Kings not favorites to win the 2013 Stanley Cup?

    BECAUSE... 
    No team ever wins two straight Cups anymore; plus another season of Darryl Sutter's coaching will be one bothersome season too many.

    WHY...
    Will New Jersey survive the loss of Zach Parise?

    BECAUSE...  
    Jacob Josefson
     and Mattias Tedenby will turn into the latest version of the Garden State Gold Dust Twins. (P.S. A little backchecking by Tedenby will make him a plus player, while Josefson does everything.)

    WHY...
    Will the Red Wings remain stratospheric without Nick Lidstrom?

    BECAUSE...
    The Other Nik -- called Kronwall -- will smoothly segue into Detroit's lead role on defense and first round pick Brendan Smith will emerge as the newest Motor City star.

    WHY...
    Is Jonathan Quick a less-than-delectable choice as the NHL's poster boy for 2012-13?

    BECAUSE...
    Unlike foreign players -- the Connecticut-born goaltending ace treats media encounters as if he's being held for 30-minute third-degree.

    WHY...
    Isn't Ryan Callahan runaway winner of The Maven's "Best NHL Captain" award?

    BECAUSE... 
    The Rangers' leader is in a five-way tie with Zdeno Chara, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby.

    WHY...
    Is Joe Thornton a latter-day version of 20-year NHLer and Hall of Famer Bill Gadsby?

    BECAUSE... 
    No matter how long Jumbo Joe plays, he'll never win a Stanley Cup.

    WHY... 
    Is Patrick Sharp the NHL's most underrated forward?

    BECAUSE... 
    He's one of the league's most adroit scorers and crack penalty-killers, yet is constantly overshadowed in Chicago by the Blackhawks flamboyant Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews.

    WHY...
    Did Sean Avery retire?

    BECAUSE... 
    He likes being a Manhattan social butterfly more than a well-paid NHLer.

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