This column was written by RobTheHockeyGuy’s newest blogger Ian Lusher! Ian has written about the Canucks on his own blog for a few years and knows his stuff. You can follow him on Twitter at @IanLusher.
The Vancouver Canucks no longer have the luxury of a 1A and 1B situation in goal thanks to the draft day trade of Cory Schneider which means that the back-up goalie job is wide open. Head coach John Tortorella has gone on record as stating that he would like to play Roberto Luongo in the 60-65 game range this season necessitating the need for the Canucks to find a back-up goalie that is competent and reliable. The Canucks goalie depth is decent, but unproven at the NHL level. Here’s a look at the contenders:
The Canucks play their first preseason game tomorrow and the most compelling competition for a roster spot this year is without a doubt for the third line centre spot. The competition is wide open, with some veterans, youngsters and raw rookies in contention.
Well that was fun, wasn’t it? Our little blog was the centre of attention on Saturday evening after it was discovered that Don Taylor (I don’t think it was an impostor) had made a comment in the comments section of my article: An unbiased review of the Bro Jake Show on Team 1040.
Here is what I said in the article:
Don Taylor wasn’t too happy with comments like these on Twitter, resorting to unoriginal name calling on the afternoon show. While I agree that people tend to overcriticize things on Twitter and can comment in poor taste, Taylor sounded like a dinosaur. He also doesn’t realize that the critics on Twitter are listeners of the Team 1040. They are your core audience and they hate the idea of a non-sports guy coming to host a show on their favourite station. If there’s one thing that the media is poor at criticizing, it’s criticizing themselves.
And here is what Don had to say:
Hey Rob, Don Taylor here. Normally, I don’t engage members of the pretend media but, in this case, I couldn’t resist. Do you realize you accused me of unoriginal name calling then went on to call me a dinosaur? I’ll contact the Pulitzer Prize people. We have a creative genius in our midsts!
First let me say that I respect Don Taylor. He is probably my all-time favourite Vancouver sportscaster. I loved him on Sports Page and followed him on Sportsnet for years. I listened to his show when he replaced Dan Russell for a short period on CKNW and loved the Pratt and Taylor show. I think the BMac and Taylor show has gotten stale and is in need of some changes and that’s an opinion that I think a lot of people share. Regardless, Don Taylor is still a legend in Vancouver and it was pretty cool to see him respond to something I wrote.
With that said, Don’s response is off-base. He begins by discrediting me as “pretend media” even though that has nothing to do with anything. I never claimed to be “real media” (whatever that means), nor does it matter in this case. I’m Rob. I’m a hockey fan (I have played, coached and watched a lot of hockey in my life), I’m quite knowledgeable (at least I like to think so) and I listen to a lot of sports radio.
So John Tortorella hates Twitter. Surprised? Of course not.
Here’s what he had to say (courtesy of Ben Kuzma from the Province):
It’s the most narcissistic thing I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to handcuff them and treat them like little kids. There’d better be no information come out of the locker room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble to me. But I also respect that social media and all that stuff is part of it and I need to respect that and I’m going to try.
But our locker room is our locker room, and I believe our guys understand that. I just hope they respect the sanctity of the locker room — that’s the most important thing to me. I think it (Twitter) is stupid, but it’s tremendous for charity work, and our dog walk in New York raised a ton of money. But not for: ‘Here I am having a roast beef sandwich and saying hello to my fans.’ That’s just ridiculous.
Are you as fired up as I am after reading that? Lets go!
The Bro Jake Show (also featuring Dave Pratt who is curiously not in the title of the show) premiered on Team 1040 this week and the early reviews on Twitter are well… terrible.
Here’s a sampling:
@BrowntoBure: Lol, people going off about the new morning show… I tried to warn you. Bro Jake should be fired by 9am. What a washed up hack.
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People often ask me “Rob, what’s it like to be a rich and famous hockey blogger?”. I usually respond with “it’s not as glamorous as you think, you have to give up a lot”.
Seriously though, our little hockey blog got a nice feather in its cap when Hosea Cheung from 24 Hours newspaper asked yours truly to appear in Thursday’s 5-on-5 feature. I answered five silly sports questions alongisde Steve Darling (Global TV), Kiah Tucker (Jack FM), Guts McTavish (24 Hours) and Hosea Cheung (24 Hours).
Tony Gallagher was the centre of a bit of controversy this week when he dropped the “diva” bomb on Roberto Luongo. His article titled “Gallagher: Time for Luongo to cut the diva routine” caused more than a little bit of anger towards Gallagher, who I’m sure is used to it by now.
It should be noted that newspaper columnists do not write their own headlines and it’s the headline that is causing most of the fury I suspect. It certainly was an effective way to sell newspapers.
Personally, I think the word “diva” is a little bit too strong for this situation, but Tony Gallagher is mostly right for the rest of his article. The vast majority of the article is dedicated to recapping what has happened during this saga and pointing out that Luongo is not without blame. That’s very much in line with what I said in my article a few days earlier: Don’t cry for Roberto Luongo. I never thought of using the word “diva”, I guess I’ve got a lot to learn about selling blog posts.
It has been a bit of a wild summer on the sports radio scene in Vancouver. There are a whole bunch of moving parts and I will try to outline as many as I can:
Roberto Luongo spoke publicly for the first time today, sitting down with TSN’s James Duthie from his home in Florida. Luongo spoke very candidly and backed up most of the facts that Jason Botchford from the Province has been reporting on Twitter for months.
The take-home message is that Luongo is not happy to be a Vancouver Canuck and he would still like to play elsewhere. He says that will not affect his play and that he has a lot to play for personally, which he does. He wants to re-establish himself as a top goalie in the NHL and to be the #1 goalie for Canada at the Olympics in February.
Luongo came across as well as he could have given that he told the world that he doesn’t want to play in Vancouver anymore. I get why Luongo was ready to move on and why he had checked out mentally, but I’m not going to shed a tear for Roberto.
Look, I am a Roberto Luongo fan. I love his passion for the game and I would love nothing more than for him to be the guy between the pipes if the Canucks ever win the Stanley Cup. I would love to see a comeback story of sorts, and I don’t think I’m alone. And that’s precisely why I’m a little disappointed that Luongo can’t seem to get over this.
Roberto Luongo is an excellent goalie and always has been. Nobody in the Canucks organization has disputed this, nor have they attacked his character or reputation.
So what exactly happened?
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