The Jerk Store Called... (and other links)

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Your collection of fine links for the afternoon.

Thomas Drance over at Vice has created a "jerkpuck" all-star team for the 2013 season. Drance has this to say about the archetypal jerkpuck player:

The ideal practitioner of the jerkpuck dark arts isn’t a guy who just dives a lot, or regularly goes headhunting—there’s lots of guys who do that. No, the real jerk puck all-stars are the guys who get away it. [They are the players] who are consistently able to push the boundaries of sportsmanship in a way that help their clubs win and rarely, if ever, hurts their own team.

The Habs were the only team on Drance's list with three players (Brendan Gallagher, P.K. Subban, and Alexei Emelin) while Edmonton, Detroit, Phoenix, and Toronto all had two. The bizarre thing about the list was that it was created using some mysterious combination of penalties drawn and reputation. For example, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and P.K. Subban were the two leading defensemen in penalties drawn this season at the time of the article's publication. Larsson stayed off the list while Subban ended up on the jerkpuck team's top pairing. The rationale given was that OEL's drawing ability was attributed to his "smoothness", while Subban's drawing prowess was attributed to his ability to aggravate the opposition with unfair play. These kind of distinctions may be frustrating at first glance, but they testify to the confirmation bias that informs these kind of classifications. To one fan, a player is a diver who the media and referees give a pass, to another that same player's behavior is grossly exaggerated. It's the kind of thing that people will always hold their biases about, so there's no sense in getting worked up about it when players you like are targeted.

In summary, don't let the turkeys get you down and enjoy today's collection of links.

Habs News and Analysis

General NHL News and Analysis

EOTP News and Archive Material

  • The Habs are playing like poop of late. However, this stretch does not even come close to the poopiness of last year. In the 2011-2012 season, the Habs had a six game losing streak in October, a five game losing streak in December, and an another five game losing streak in February. If you want to feel better about our lot in life as it stands now, check out these despair fueled articles.

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