Thursday, July 06, 2006

Noronen's struggle

There aren't a lot of people unhappy about Roberto Luongo's arrival in Vancouver, but Mika Noronen is one of them:
"Even if he doesn't play that well, he is going to play anyways. It is a (expletive) thing for me right now as I have no choice, I want to play in the NHL and not in Europe ... that's why I am hoping to sign a one-year deal and we'll see what happens after that."
Yikes. Bring on Wade Flaherty.


At 8:30 p.m., July 06, 2006, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Maybe its time Mika came to grips with the reality he's just not a starter in the NHL, or at least, isn't regarded as such by the majority of the league, which is what matters at the end of the day. Perception over reality.

At 8:50 p.m., July 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do guys who are marginal at their positions always seem to be the ones spouting off? You ever hear Yzerman/Pronger/Blake/Brodeur etc piss and moan like this? Never. It's always the guys who "think" they deserve something when they haven't delivered ANYTHING in all their time in the NHL. Nonis - unload this sack of dump or let him rot in the minors, you do NOT need a cancer like this in the dressing room.

And I don't even like the 'Nucks...

At 11:44 p.m., July 06, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

So, Anonymous, by your definition... would you say that Jeremy Roenick is a "marginal player" for always spouting off?

You may be right on your point though. The classy guys know what and what not to say to the media.

At 6:39 a.m., July 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael, if Stevie Y. came out one day and had similar comments to say, every single one of us would perk our ears up and listen intently. Why? Because he (and others of his ilk) EARNED it. Roenick, while falling to average the past few years in production, and while not quite in Stevie territory in terms of god-like status, has definitely earned it based on his proven talent earlier in his career. Noronen, while definitely frustrated, should keep his mouth shut - he is NOT a #1 goaltender by any stretch of the imagination - YET. Put up the numbers, EARN the right, and let your play speak for itself.

At 9:53 a.m., July 07, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Noronen, while definitely frustrated, should keep his mouth shut - he is NOT a #1 goaltender by any stretch of the imagination - YET. Put up the numbers, EARN the right, and let your play speak for itself.

This is amusing. You do realize that Noronen's complaint is that he isn't going to be given the chance to put up the numbers, right? You have effectively asked him to do the impossible.

That coaches and GMs routinely fail to give young guys enough of a chance to show whether they are better than the incumbent or not. As Noronen says, even if Luongo plays poorly for the Canucks, he's still going to play.

At 11:07 a.m., July 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but that's life in the bigs, he should know it by now. Let's say he gets in a minimum of 10-15 games this season (let's be serious, Louie will NOT play all 82 games), he's gotta step up and hit a grand slam in every one of those games and prove he's better than a backup. GM's and coaches don't have the time to coddle a backup thru losses and poor play, their job is to put together the right mix of players and execute a winning playing strategy or they're the ones that are toast, not Mika. He may feel slighted at Louie's acquisition but the best remedy for that is to stand on his head in the minimal games he's gonna start in and shut everyone up, especially me.

At 11:10 a.m., July 07, 2006, Anonymous Daniel said...

My thoughts exactly Mr Neal. He is just bringing the reality into it. I think Noronen brings up a good point though. The Canucks wont win this year, so why not let some young goalies dual it out and see if they are worthy. Then, next offseason, get a stellar goalie if they cant hack it.

At 1:40 p.m., July 07, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

The thing is, Noronen did get in some NHL starts last year, and from the ones I saw, he was essentially awful. Even if you only get limited action, you have to make the most of that as an NHL netminder, and allowing 22 goals in a little under the equivalent of six games isn't going to do it.

Just what team does he think he deserves the No. 1 job with?

At 1:40 p.m., July 07, 2006, Anonymous grey wall said...

Daniel: r u suggesting luongo and noronen duke it out?

At 2:53 p.m., July 07, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Here's a fantasy scenario:

"When Noronen was asked about Luongo he stated "I'm excited that Roberto is joining this team. He has proven himself a great goaltender in this league and I'm keen to learn from him. And of course, having him here makes us a real Cup contender and I'm excited at getting a chance to step support the team in whatever way I can."

Teammates were relieved at the solid show of support from their goaltending core, and the front office were grateful that there is one less thing to worry about as they seek to restructure the club."

It could have been this way.I remember when Glen Healy sat behind Curtis Joseph in Toronto, got in a few games but found his role as a dressing room presence.

At 4:23 p.m., July 07, 2006, Anonymous Doogie2K said...

Daniel: r u suggesting luongo and noronen duke it out?

Goalie fight!

At 4:25 p.m., July 07, 2006, Anonymous Daniel said...

No, I am not suggesting that they dual, that would probably hurt the guys confidence and he seems to have some. Goalies seem to get thrown in a lot, without being ready. Just like a pitcher, if they aren't ready, you can ruin them for years.


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