On the Ducks' defence
Since penning the previous post, I've been doing a little bit more reading on the lesser lights of the Anaheim blueline, and the best piece I've found was from CBC Sports' Doug Harrison last week:
"I'm used to being under the radar. I played five years in the minors and went unnoticed," DiPenta, who's competing in his second post-season with Anaheim, told CBC Sports Online.The most interesting thing, and something Harrison gets into a little bit in the article, is that both Joe DiPenta and Kent Huskins skated for the Manitoba Moose in 2004-05 — a team coached by none other than Randy Carlyle (and the farm club of Brian Burke's former digs in Vancouver).
"That's the kind of role I play. I don't get a lot of points, I don't get a lot of goals and I don't get in a lot of fights, stuff that fans think about."
When Carlyle took over the Ducks, he almost certainly was the one pushing to have his pluggers airlifted in for an NHL tryout, something that wouldn't have been difficult given the regularity with which depth players are punted around the AHL.
Still, it's amazing now to see him bringing those same steady blueliners into the battle in such a big game tonight. There's something to be said, apparently, for familiarity.
- I've posted even more about this 'no Pronger' business over at Globe on Hockey (with a hat tip to Earl Sleek and friends in the comments section of the previous thread)