There’s this one peccadillo in hockey discourse that is bugging me more and more. I don’t know if anyone else experiences it this way; let me know.
If I say a player had a bad game, people might hear me say that the player is bad. If I say I’d rather someone not play on a top line, people might hear me say I don’t like that player. If I say a player’s contract is very bad, people might hear me say that player himself is very bad.
But I didn’t say that, and I definitely don’t think that.
I’m not sure how to do this more precisely in the future. How can we offer a criticism (or a joke) about Jason Chimera without committing character assassination? How can we separate discussions of Jay Beagle’s deployment and Brooks Orpik’s contract from descriptions of those player and those persons?
Because I like Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera and Brooks Orpik. A lot. They wear the right colors. They’re my guys.
In this week’s snapshot, we go a little bit deeper– because “this guy sucks” is never helpful to the discussion and almost never correct.
Let’s do the numbers. These are current as noon on Sunday, February 1st. The sample is restricted to 5v5 hockey when the score is within one goal. There’s a glossary at bottom with an explanatory video.
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