(Ed. Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)
5 – Byfuglien on the wing
When you go through the 12 steps of dealing with John Tortorella as your national team’s coach, there’s a lot of things that come with “accepting what you can’t change.” He’s gonna select guys who shouldn’t be on the team. He’s gonna make those guys lay out for shots in a preseason tournament. He’s gonna call out other guys who are on the team for not working hard even when they play well but are simply overmatched. He’s gonna say a bunch of dumb stuff. He’s gonna make your team lose a lot.
You accept all that. Sure. It’s a problem, but what can you do?
But good lord, of all the dumb moves I thought John Tortorella would make as coach of the U.S. World Cup team, I never in a million years even considered that he would move Dustin Byfuglien, an All-Star defenseman, back to theRead More »from Alex Ovechkin, USA/Canada rivalry and Byfuglien: Puck Daddy Countdown