Thursday, February 12, 2009

If I Were Brian Burke...

I'd shoot myself for being such a media loving whore. But not until after the Olympics in 2010, now exactly one year away. Our boy Brian is the GM of Team USA. My dream job. I once hounded Waddell, at the Casino Night Party, when he was the Assistant GM of the World Cup a few years back. I told him I had the roster all worked up and wanted to give it to him. He initially laughed, until he realized I was serious. Needless to say, I was ignored. Waddell's roster was vastly different from mine. Our team played horribly (but not as bad as the '06 Games). And we lost.

So, just for fun, here is my first draft at Team '10, USA Hockey (This is your first warning that I will probably repeat this post about 30 times over the course of the year):

Parise Drury Langenbrunner

Kessel Stastny Kane

Tkachuk Brown Gionta

Cole Kesler Ryan


Rafalski Komisarek

Whitney Martin

Ballard Orpik


Thomas
Miller
DiPietro


Please realize I could sit down ten minutes from now and come up with an entirely different list. There are quite a few guys you could mix in and out at the forward position. I'm not convinced I have enough offense on the blueline as well.

Apologies to Dougie Weight for leaving him off the list. That pains me more than anyone knows...

-Big Shooter

14 comments:

FrenchCatalogues said...

No love for the Johnson (Erik) and Johnson (Jack) pairing. Maybe Bogo will be top form by them. You never know. If Van Riemsdyk comes in next year is amazing that could be a good fourth liner as well. There is also Patty O.

FrenchCatalogues said...

Oh and Peter Mueller

FrenchCatalogues said...

By then*. I can't spell today

FrenchCatalogues said...

And is amazing* . Man, I really suck.

Big Shooter said...

The Johnson boys could make it. There is still another year to go you know. Bogo would have to TEAR IT UP the start of next year to make it.

Remember, I only listed the guys playing. I didn't list guys that will not dress...

Mortimer Peacock said...

WHERE IS COMRADE BOGOSIAN?!!!

And it's a given that the Johnson & Johnson pairing will make it.

Otherwise I really like your list. Honest to God, no lying, I was mentally putting together my own Team USA last night. Quite similar to yours. I have a hard time finding places for Drury and Gomez, though.

Mortimer Peacock said...

Okay, here's my cast of characters:

Forwards
Parise-Gomez-Kessel
Ryan-Stastny-Kane
Brown-Kesler-Langenbrunner
Cole-Reasoner-Gionta
extras: Mueller, Higgins, Rolston, Tkachuk, O'Sullivan

Defensemen
Johnson-Johnson
Bogosian-Rafalski
Orpik-Ballard
extras: Hainsey, Whitney

Goalies
Thomas
Miller
di Pietro

Mascot
Roenick

Big Shooter said...

No fucking way Drury is not on the team. He will be Captain. Do you know his history?

J & J and Bogo are all so young. They need to perform next year to make it. Not saying they won't, but right now (Feb 12th, 2009) I think they should be left off.

Mortimer Peacock said...

Oh yeah, totally forgot about Drury. Yes, he'll be captain.

Wayne said...

When I first saw the headline, I thought you were recommending Brian Burke as the new Thrashers' GM...

Big Shooter said...

Wayne,

Interesting. Not sure if you knew this, but back in '98 when they named Waddell GM the decision came down to him and Burke.

Think they might like to have that one back.

Mortimer Peacock said...

Just for fun:

Team Canada

Lecavalier-Thornton-Iginla
Nash-Crosby-Heatley
M.Richards-Getzlaf-Doan
E.Staal-Savard-Gagne
extras: Briere, B.Richards, St.Louis, Perry, Spezza

Bouwmeester-Green
Weber-Phaneuf
Pronger-Coburn
extras: Jovanovski, Burns, Souray

Luongo
Brodeur
Fleury

Mortimer Peacock said...

Dammit, I forgot about Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith. They're easily in.

Also: I think J.M Liles is American, so he can join Bogo and Johnson&Johnson.

Mortimer Peacock said...

I can't stop.

Team Russia

Ovechkin-Datsyuk-Semin
Kovalchuk-Malkin-Frolov
Viktor Kozlov-Morozov-Kovalev
Slava Kozlov-Radulov-Afigogenov

A.Markov-Nikulin
Gonchar-Semenov
Volchenkov-D.Markov

Nabokov
Bryzgalov
Khabibulin