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Jamal Mayers objects to Hall of Fame writer calling him “the most useless player in the league”

Mar 1, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

From the “Where did this come from?” file…

Former Hockey Night in Canada panelist and Hockey Hall of Fame writer Al Strachan decided Thursday was the day to anoint Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers the NHL’s most useless player.


Not sure what Strachan’s beef with Mayers is, though it’s clear why Mayers is on the radar — Strachan covered the Leafs for years and Mayers is a former Leaf.

(Mayers’ Blackhawks beat the Leafs last night as well.)

Mayers also recently discussed misconceptions about the pressure of playing in Toronto — specifically, the “fallacy” of it being a difficult city to play in. The 37-year-old spent one-and-a-half seasons in the T-Dot, appearing in over 100 games.

As you’d expect from someone that averages 12 fights a year, Mayers didn’t take Strachan’s comments lying down. He fired back with a string of Twitter jabs, screencapped here:


In closing, it must be mentioned that Mayers is definitely not the most useless cook in the league. Check out the Miso glazed Chilean sea bass and bison strip he made in late December.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    What’s up with these media heads who flex their Twitter muscles but probably couldn’t skate forwards let alone backwards. Stick to providing us fans insight to the game.

  2. bigtganks - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I nominate Mason Raymond.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Says more about your comprehension of the game than it does about Raymond.

      • bigtganks - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        Lol. Chill out babych. Let’s not get all “I know more than you. I’m a hockey intellect.” I like mason and am a huge nucks fan.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        Soo, you don’t nominate Mason Raymond? =)

    • drewsylvania - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Wow. I had no idea he was so bad this year. What happened?

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        Is that a joke? Pretty sure you saw what happened in the finals..

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        He actually hasn’t been bad at all. Only guy that will consistently try to protect their core stars.

  3. ktipper - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    John Scott is easily the most useless. Averages just over 6 minutes of ice time a game, which I was shocked by because I have seen many nights when he only plays 2 shifts. He has only 4 fighting majors, only 1 assist, and is a horrible skater. Not sure you would want a tough guy as a defenceman unless he can play too. I was surprised NYR wanted him at the deadline.

    • mydadyourmom - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      He would have 100 fights if anyone would fight him, which makes him at least slightly useful, no?

      I’m gonna vote for Brent Johnson this year. Didn’t even knock anyone out.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        His forearm shiver of Rick DiPietro is classic.

  4. drewsylvania - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    George Parros.

    • kitshky - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      his ‘stache alone makes hime indispensable..

  5. govtminion - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I never thought Mayers was all that bad. From a value standpoint, wouldn’t we have to go with Scott Gomez? No matter how badly Mayers plays (in ones eyes), at least he’s not playing poorly for that kind of paycheck- that has to count for something, right?

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Well Strachan said “useless” – say what you will about Gomez’s awful contract but his puck posession numbers are actually among the best on the Habs, his PDO is absolutely atrocious meaning he’s been very unlucky to be on for so few goals and so many against.. and Monsieur Cunneyworth seems to be able to use him on the powerplay.

      Going after Jamal Mayers is pretty mean-spirited but the fact is that he can’t really take a regular shift at even strength, he sure is not going to produce offense .. there’s a reason the guy has bounced around the league between teams with poor forward depth the last several seasons. That being said he’s passable as a penalty killer so that helps.

      For my part I’d nominate one of the many goons around the league that can no longer convince NHL players to fight them – Jody Shelley for example.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        A few weeks ago we’d all be saying “Colton Orr”.

  6. yoc19 - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Dustin Penner Hands down.

  7. taytay099 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I nominate Keith Ballard.

    • kitshky - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Thats silly.

      • taytay099 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        Yeah, how silly of me to consider him useless compared to Grabner and a first round pick. So far Ballard’s been a great healthy scratch and number 6 defenseman? His Canucks resume so far consists of several nice hipchecks (many called for clipping) and 14 points in 112 games. He was a healthy scratch for more than half the Stanley Cup run. For a guy that’s supposed to be a good offensive defenseman he sure is good at looking uncomfortable with the puck. But no, how silly of me to consider him and his 4.2 million dollar contract useless.

    • kitshky - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      As the “Most Useless Player” in the League … ya very silly. I’m not saying he’s great or that he’s used in the right situations but come on.

    • kitshky - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      I love Grabner but you gotta have some perspective. Let’s not forget that Grabner was straight out cut in Florida. By a team that had just traded for him.

      Even he admitted he wasnt prepared to play while he was there, and well he was absolutley atrocious in Long Island for months (his confidence was so shaken that he tweeted after a game where he had blown mulitiple chances …again, that he “sucked” and “didnt belong in the league) while getting ice time he would never have gotten while in Vancouver.

      The fact of the matter is that if Grabs stayed in Van …he’d be in the KHL by now.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I submit for your consideration Cory Sarich and Matt Stajan.

    Joking aside Al Strachan is a horrible journalist, he used to routinely make a jerk of himself on Hockey Night in Canada, his days there have since ended. Perhaps Al Strachan is the most useless “hockey journalist” in the league?

  9. zach28 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    brett lebda #likealebda

  10. kitshky - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Whats really lost in all these points … is what a useless twat Strachan is.

  11. tmjm621 - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    No no no….first of all, you reporters need to shut your mouths sometimes. Clearly this idiot doesnt know much about hockey. And theere are two guys that come to my mind that have the worthless crown by FAR: rick dipietro, and tomas kaberle.

  12. hockeyflow33 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I have a hard believing this guy is actually a journalist and not living in his mom’s basement blogging. what a joke, lace up the skates guy

  13. gohawksgo2012 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    not really familiar with this airhead Strachan, but obviously he has not watched much Blackhawks hockey this year. He has been a very valuable 4th line center, good faceoff percentage, always working hard in both ends of the ice, etc. Just today in Detroit game, helped to screen and distract both goaltender Howard and D-man in front of him for the first goal!

    Wake up, Strachan!

    Also, can’t believe some of the decisions these goofy writers make regarding HOF selections or guys who have not been elected that truly deserved it. Give this job to someone who knows something!

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