Every Monday(ish) Drew Stafford has a show on 97 Rock. The timing of it is usually pretty sweet because it perfectly matches my morning commute. Its a pretty nice way to start the day because Staffy is not a) dramatic b) fake c) formulaic in his responses. To be honest, the only reason I listen to 97 Rock in the morning is because its one of the only stations that works on the radio in my car. None of my AM stations work, 98.5 does not work and I absolutely hate the Edge morning show.
Today Staffy discussed briefly the Catwalk for Charity and said that he showed up wearing jeans and a nice shirt, only to discover like everyone else was wearing zoot suits and the like. He summed up his hastily assembled ensemble as more Amish than anything. Yes Drew Stafford, yes. You emulate Jay Bowmeester, Amish farmer extrordinaire.
He talked about Vanek and described the sound he heard when the puck hit him. Staffy said was on the ice right next to him and when the puck went up he heard a "crack" and thought it hit TV's visor because the sound was so loud. I think everyone listening touched their own jaws and cried a little.
Staffy also made a point that we've been buzzing about since the Worst News Ever came down from Perry St. Its not that you need to have a healthy jaw to play hockey or anything like that, what's sidelining him is basically the treatment for a broken jaw. To fix a broken jaw, you have to have your jaw wired shut. Everyone get up and take a sprint around the room with your teeth clenched together and try not to pass out while breathing through your nose. Go ahead, we'll wait for you to recover.
So TommyBoy is out because he can't breathe properly for a month and won't be doing any cardio or anything intense. He can do things, just without any intense aerobic activity. Think of all the smoothies he can drink! If he were trying to lose weight, this would be GREAT! Liquid diets shed the pounds, ask any bride.
Anyway, I hate to admit it, but Staffy has wormed his way back into my heart after he stomped all over it last season with his concussions and ankle sprains and lack of goal production. We need him to continue to be blazing hot down the stretch.
We're all feeling fatalistic because we haven't been without Vanek in so long. The last time he missed a game was 2005-2006 and he only missed 1 game. He's played 299 of a possible 300 games over the past 4 seasons. He's been a rock that, even when he wasn't producing, he was still there night in and night out.
Jason Pominville has played 218 straight games. We definitely need him to step up and start playing like the player he was this time a year ago.
Unrelated to anything: check out Ryan Miller's goalie mask contest.