So...still think I did the right thing with that Tyler Seguin trade?
-- Peter Chiarelli
Figure anyone who asks this after he has a four-goal game owns a Seguin sweater and already has an answer in mind that they want to hear. Hey, he's been everything the Stars could have hoped for as a scorer, with a dozen goals, and that's not much of a surprise -- I mean, we all knew how skilled he is in that aspect. It's the other stuff that will determine whether the Bruins gave up on him too soon. Is he going to be a one-dimensional player, or will the rest of his maddeningly incomplete game evolve? Will he take care of himself off the ice? Can he be a central figure on a winning team? There's a long way to go, and because of Loui Eriksson's injury, we're still not sure how much the Bruins got in return. Give it time before we jump to conclusions.
And please, stop suggesting that there's no room for a "skilled" player in Claude Julien's system. He had his chances, and If Seguin had scored more than one goal in 22 playoff games last year, he'd probably still be here. To paraphrase what Jim Benning said on "Behind the B,'' if he gives us half of what Patrick Kane gave Chicago, there's another banner hanging in the Garden.
UNH's Jackie MacMullan versus UMaine's Chad Finn---who wins one-on-one hoops game? And who wins on the writeup about said clash of the titans?
-- RIck in Va.
Ha. Well, Jackie wins the write-up for sure -- I almost had to stop reading her columns during the Red Sox playoffs because they were so damn good (and always had stuff no one else had) that I'd get frustrated with my own work. She's still one of those who sets the standard.
As far as hoops, I've heard she can bring it, though I've never played against her. So I've got to give her the nod there too. She actually played in college while I was an intramural chucker, and I can't get through a game nowadays without injuring some body part I didn't even know I had.
As for my own skills, my colleague Mike Carraggi hit it on the head after he got sick of my yapping in between up-fakes during a pickup game: "You have Rasheed Wallace's game, attitude, teeth, hair, and breath." Zander Hollander never wrote a more spot-on player comment than that.
Until next Sunday, the mailbox is closed. Exit music, please.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.