Friday, February 09, 2007

The Post In Which I Profess My Love For Boyd Gordon

Alright, enough beating around the bush already. Earlier today I alluded to my burgeoning man-crush on Boyd "Muffins" Gordon. Back in early January I proclaimed a Selke Trophy to potentially be in his future, Dave Fay, to his credit, had a piece on Gordo's maturation as a player back in mid-December, and the fellas at OFB have been fans of Boyd's for quite some time, even if they didn't know who he was at first (really, who did?).

Now here we are - it's Friday, I'm in love (or perhaps I should quote "Working For The Weekend" by... Loverboyd).

Consider:
Convinced yet that the kid's a keeper? Me too. In fact, the emergence of Gordon - who is signed through next year and will be a restricted free agent thereafter - may make decisions on Brian Sutherby and Brooks Laich, both RFAs at the end of this year, a little easier for the team. I know which of the three I'd want as my third-line pivot... and as my valentine.

10 comments:

JP said...

I just realized that my last three posts contain a profession of man-love, a reference to shirtless Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise, and a derision of homophobia in the NHL.

It must be all the Andrew Sullivan I've read lately.

Rage said...

I really love this site. Next time I'm in DC for a game, I owe you a beer.

JP said...

Thanks, man. See if Smooty can hook us up with a party boat down the Potomac while you're at it.

Tyler said...

Boyd Gordon is what we all expected Suts to become. I don't think they offer contracts to both Laich and Suts in the offseason, do they?!

JP said...

I think they'll both be offered contracts, but I'm not sure they'll both be "we really need you here" offers.

Of the two, I prefer Laich, who I believe has more offensive upside, though Suts is a bit tougher than either Gordon or Laich, and there's obviously a non-stat-based reason he (Sutherby) wears an "A" on his sweater as well

Tyler said...

Laich is a better PKer, obviously. Suts is painful to watch on the o-zone. Man has hands of granite.

I guess the answer depends in part on the Caps' FA activity too.

Netsrak said...

Who says "Bryan Muir's anomalous +8 doesn't count"?!? Boy, people sure love to hate on Muir for no apparent reason. Grrr...

One possible reason why Boyd Gordon's plus/minus is second on the team: Of the team's regular players, Gordon spends the highest percentage of ice time playing in shorthanded situations-- and of course your plus/minus cannot decrease in a shorthanded situation. 27.29% of Gordon's TOI has been shorthanded; next highest percentage is Sutherby with 22.92%.

Rage said...

Did anyone see Hollweg's hit on that Lightning guy towards the end of the game last night? Stuck his leg out and then Orr started throwing punches FROM THE BENCH.

Orr's a pussy, that's the bottom line. Him and Avery, match made in heaven? Add Hollweg into the mix (apparently), and you're good to go.

JP said...

Rage -

My buddy TLW had a take on it. I didn't see it myself, but I'm sure Brash et. al. will be ready for anything tonight.

Rage said...

Your buddy is right on point. That was blatant, and there's no place for crap like that. If you want to stand up and fight someone, have at it. Don't take a cheap shot at someone's knee.