Fred and Barney-the good old days Canadiocentrism on the rise
Looking over some of the articles and quotes iI found in after action reports after the big Ottawa/Carolina trade, I was struck by two things. One was how important it seemed in the Great White North that Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman were Canadians returning to the motherland. Two, was how thin-skinned Joe Corvo seems to be.
Canadiocentrism on the rise
“I don’t know whether it was the pressure or never having a life away from the building, but he felt that Joe would enjoy going to an American team,” Murray told the Ottawa Sun. “He wanted to play where there was less scrutiny. He just couldn’t handle the pressure here.
“People like to talk hockey here and they live hockey. They don’t talk (hockey) in Raleigh very much. He’ll probably thrive in that environment and I like guys who thrive under pressure.” (This isn't the first time the Senators have played that somewhat-odd card. Ottawa coach John Paddock has repeatedly mentioned that Martin Gerber flourished in Carolina because "they only have one beat writer.")
Here are some other snips:
"You welcome this: A couple of Canadian guys who have Stanley Cups. They've both been key factors in the Cup wins they've been on," said Ottawa centre Jason Spezza.
For Murray, bringing home two Canadians who should thrive in a hockey-mad environment, was a huge factor in the deal. With 17 Canadians now on the roster, the Senators have never looked so homegrown. And in a 13-year NHL career, Stillman has never been so close to his hometown.
Lighten up Francis
I guess Joe Corvo brought much of this on himself by asking repeatedly to be dealt to an American city. Despite what Murray and Corvo said, I don't think it's an American players are fish out of water in Canada thing. I think it's a Joe Corvo has a fragile psyche thing.
“It’s hard to understand if you haven’t played in Canada,” Corvo said. “The media here at times can be completely ridiculous, the way they can take some of the stories that are nothing and make something out of them.”
Welcome to Raleigh Joe. OBTW, I too like to take stories that are nothing and turn them into something. Usually it's something absurd, but I guess guys like me are Raleigh's version of the Canadian hockey paprazzi. Just don't let us catch you clubbing without your panties on.