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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Darren Dreger is a 'Tard

TSN's new "Hockey Insider" (What the hell does that even mean?), Darren Dreger, is a complete moron. Last game, the panel was discussing Ottawa and how bad they've been. Naturally, the talk turned to Muckler and his free agent signing of the goalie whom my wife likes to call "Gerber Baby," and the tremendous flop this has turned out to be.

So why is Dredger a retard? He maintains that Muckler "did his homework" on the signing and that "every GM out there will tell you that Gerber" is a real good goalie, and that it should have been a great signing. As someone who is a nerd and did extremely well at school, I can tell you there is a difference between simply doing your homework and doing it well. Muckler obviously did a rushed job on his homework so he could finish it quickly and go play XBox with his friends.

If he had done his homework, he would have seen this:
- 1 year as an NHL starter
- Career record of 125 games-55 wins-37 losses-13 ties with a GAA of about 2.5 and a SV% of about 0.91
- Discarded from Anaheim for a 3rd round pick and Tomas Malec
- Even though he has a Cup, no guarantee of playoff ability since he was backup to Cam Ward and not physically well during the playoffs
- 32 years old

Yup, those are definitely the kinds of credentials for which you give someone $3.7 million a year for 3 years.

Now, you can excuse Muckler a bit because, although Gerber should never have been considered a saviour goalie, he should have been at least a little better than Emery at this point. His struggles this season are completely unexpected. But in any event, it's a bad deal. It handcuffs the team financially and it's wasted money. Further, Emery, if not quite ready this year, will be ready to be the starter next year, so even if Gerber turned out to be good, you still have the issue of paying a backup goalie way too much for another 2 years.

I've already signed the Fire Muckler petition (firemuckler.ca). Where do I go to sign the Fire Dreger petition?


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