Monday's Dump & Chase: Flip-Flopping

Time for this humble writer to acknowledge the truth and change his mind.

I have to renege on my previous generalization that the World Cup of Hockey is a waste of time and a laughable preseason tourney. It's actually quite fun.

Granted, that's mostly because of the rejuvenated rivalry between the U.S. and Canada, but also the product is a lot better than I thought it would be. Even with some high profile players backing out at the last minute, the players that remain are giving us energy and creativity.. and not shying away from the physical nature of the game we love.

I was expecting something between Skills Competition and All-Star Game. Instead, we're getting something closer to the real thing. Can't really complain about that.

Hockey News

Big first period lifts Team North America to victory
It was a slaughter in the first period. I know it's just an exhibition, but is Team North America the favorite now? Also, Roman Josi had two assists.

Crosby's line appears set for World Cup - Article - TSN
Marchand + Bergeron is already a nice combo, never mind adding the world's best player in the middle.

World Cup of Hockey: 10 things we learned from the USA-Canada games -
"One of the big questions coming in is how seriously the players would take this tournament, knowing that it's not the Olympics and that it's primarily a cash-grab by the NHL. If you watched either of the exhibitions, you know that there's a lot on the line for these players."

Echoes of my earlier sentiment, though maybe slightly overstated.

North America ready to debut enticing line combos vs. Europe -
Sorry--still not sold on the Team North America logo. It looks less like a hockey logo and more like a teaser ad for some cheap modern horror flick.

Bakersfield Condors release awesome orange third jersey | The Hockey News
Now THAT'S a hockey logo.

Roman Josi: Big trade good for Nashville, Montreal
Roman Josi: All around great hockey player and all-around great human being.

Jaroslav Halak back in Montreal with fond memories
Throwback to when Jaro Halak had 53 saves, 8 of which were on Alex Ovechkin, in the playoffs against the Capitals.

Canadiens Reway could miss season with heart condition | The Hockey News
Wow. Terrible situation here. Really hope his condition improves.

Other News

On 9/11 anniversary, how the NHL reacted to tragedy
You've maybe read this before, but it's still a powerful recap of how hockey reacted on the day the world changed.

Marcus Mariota, Titans let it slip away fast
Boy did they. Still, the boys across the river are doing some good things. I see some wins in the future.