is phil kessel a franchise player?

Let’s talk about Phil Kessel.

Phil Kessel is fat.

Phil Kessel is lazy.

Phil Kessel is not a winner.

Phil Kessel is not a leader.

Phil Kessel is a complimentary piece.

Phil Kessel is not a franchise player.

This is essentially what the media wants you to believe is wrong with Phil Kessel and ultimately Brian Burke’s tenure as General Manager, which just ended today.

Most people will single out Brian Burke’s downfall to being the Phil Kessel trade. They’re not wrong to have that opinion. Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton look like tremendous pieces. Hamilton will be a solidĀ defencemanĀ and Tyler Seguin is on his way to likely being a franchise player. But does that discredit what Kessel has done so far? Does what Boston received in the trade in anyway even matter? There are some trades with winners, and some with losers. This trade saw both the Leafs and Bruins receive great players. At the moment, the best player in that trade is Phil Kessel. Will that always be the case; we don’t know for sure. But a General Manager needs to give value to get value and in my opinion, Brian Burke got a whole lot of value with Phil Kessel.

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a love letter to the nhl

Dear NHL,

We went through this before! Back in ’94, remember that one! You said it wouldn’t happen again. It was just a one-time thing! That lockout whore was just a thing of the past, just a teensy mistake. It will never happen again, you said!

And then in 04-05 you did it again! I trusted you! And this time you left with that lockout whore for a whole year. A whole year without you. I was broken. I didn’t know what to do. Some of us had flings with the NBA or NFL, but it wasn’t the same.

But then you came back. I was skeptical, but took you back with open arms. This time you changed for good, right? You have shootouts now! And trapezoids! And you wrote us a card on the ice saying “Thank you fans.” Oh, NHL, you know how to treat the fans right, don’t you? I welcomed you back with open arms and forgiveness in my heart. Because this was the last time right?

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top ten songs of 2012

Every website you go to will have a year-end list of some sorts. None of them are definitive because they’re all subjective. It’s stupid. Does anyone care about what some random person at Pitchfork thinks are the songs of the year? Oh you do? Great. Because I made a list too! Shocker.

What. Lists are fun. Sue me. Sorry for the ol’ switcheroo. Anyways, here are my 10 favourite songs that came out in 2012.

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i almost died in a mosh pit

When Alexisonfire broke up abruptly I was probably in shambles lying in the fetal position somewhere. I can’t remember exactly, but that seems accurate. I think it was worse that I got the news from my mom. Just imagine one of your favourite bands in the world split and you’ll know how I felt maybe.

So when I heard they were reuniting for a farewell tour I was extremely excited. I bought four tickets and started counting down the days until finally the day had arrived. Finally, I get the chance to see them for last time, have a blast, and say goodbye.

I’ve been to a few concerts before, and I’ve seen Alexisonfire before, so I had a feeling about how the crowd would be. A couple of circle pits, some pushing and shoving to get to the front, some jumping to the beat, and some standing at the edges nodding to the beat sometimes putting their hands in the air.

That was an extreme under judgement.

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this is sucky: the rise and fall of judd apatow

I don’t like good movies. They usually bore me. Every year when they release Oscar nominees for best picture it’s honestly a miracle if I’ve seen or heard of one of them. Most of my favourite movies are comedies. Anchorman, Knocked Up, Superbad, Step Brothers, 40-Year-Old-Virgin are all flawless in my opinion. I can watch them any number of times and laugh every single time at the same lines I’ve already memorized.

“Brick, where’d you get a hand grenade!?”
“I don’t know.”

I didn’t even have to look that up.

The common thread in all those movies is Judd Apatow produced and/or directed them. In a Rolling Stone article I read long ago when magazines were still a thing they called him “Hollywood’s current king of comedy” (don’t quote me on that, I don’t remember things past 10 minutes ago and I can’t find the article using the almighty Google). That article was probably written before Funny People came out.

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