Friday, July 14, 2006

Tugnutt for President?

Among the candidates to be the Blue Jackets’ next goaltending coach is Ron Tugnutt, still fondly remembered in these parts.

Tugnutt set an expansion team record for goaltenders with 22 wins in the Jackets’ first season of 2000-01. He received six write-in votes from the Columbus area in the balloting for president, a disputed race won by George W. Bush.
And I thought Georges Laraque was popular in Edmonton.

7 Comments:

At 6:30 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Skraut said...

While it's easy to make the comment about how much better of a president he would have been, I wont ;)

Ron Tugnutt takes Jackets fans back to an era before we knew just how long we were going to have an "expansion team" as opposed to an NHL Franchise.

There is some optimism here in Ohio with the way the Jackets played in the second half of the season. Once everyone was mostly healthy, they had a respectable record. Of course we were optimistic last year, and the year before, and the year before...

The Denis/Modin trade has unfortunately been the highlight of the off season. With the rest of the divison beefing up in the UFA market (With the exception of Detroit, but even with all they lost they're still Detroit) it has been hard to see Columbus' big moves signing 2 guys who used to play for Columbus before the lockout, and Ty Conklin.

Anyway back to the subject. It would be great to see Tugnutt back in Columbus as a goalie coach. With essentially a rookie, a European vet with no NHL experience, and a shellshocked career backup goalie, Tugnutt's experience and advice could go a long way.

 
At 6:34 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Nice post Skraut.

Unfortunately, I think you can point to one guy alone as to why the Blue Jackets haven't made, and won't make, the playoffs: Doug MacLean. It's going to take a regime change in Columbus for that team to really have any success.

With some of their kids coming in, they look better than last year and may even be in the playoff hunt. The Western Conference is extremely difficult to play in, but if they can pick up more points from all of those Chicago/St. Louis games, they have a chance.

 
At 6:05 AM, July 15, 2006, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

Would President Tugnutt authorize the appropriate regime change in Columbus? Or would MacLean cling to power from an underground bunker at an undisclosed location, like Dick Cheney?

 
At 12:44 PM, July 15, 2006, Blogger Janey Llewellin said...

James!

Next time I'm harrassing you if you don't come to my party and use 'work' as an excuse.

This is a warning. Don't feed the chickens.

 
At 9:25 PM, July 15, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

Who would be Tugger's running mate? Turco?

There must be something to this goalie politician thing. It worked for Dryden.

 
At 11:29 AM, July 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He'll make a better president than he did a HNIC broadcaster .

Not sure about goalie politician's but there a lot of them in the broadcast booth , Tugger isn't a natural .

I think that stickhandling might be a better qulaity for a hockey politician - Bill Clinton as exhibit A . Kerry actually plays the game but must have bricklayer hands based on his political performance .

Tugnutt would be greatly missed in the Ottawa community that is for sure . I can understand why you might want him in office based on his character alone .

 
At 3:27 AM, July 17, 2006, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

Like the first comment said, I'll stay away from the president stuff.

Watch Bull Durham again and you'll see how valuable guys like Mike can be. Especially with chicken.

 

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