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The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Pens-Bruins, Beastmodo, Miller trade talk, and more

Oct 30, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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This is a new thing we’re trying. Every Wednesday, we’ll publish a little back-and-forth we have via email. We’re calling it the Chip ‘n’ Chase. Yes, it’s a terrible name. Enjoy.

Jason Brough: Hey buddy, so Bruins-Penguins tonight. Looking forward to this one. Pittsburgh’s chance for redemption…if that’s possible during the regular season. (It’s not, but the game’s on NBCSN so we’re selling it anyway.) Looking back on the playoffs, I still can’t believe the Pens only scored twice against the B’s in four games. Two goals. That’s it. Kinda reminds me of that Harry Doyle line in Major League: “That’s all we got, one goddamn hit?” Wait, can we say goddamn on PHT? Whatever, let’s run with it. In a related story, do you think we’ll hear about the Bruins’ “layers” before or after this one? We all know Claude Julien loves him some layers.

Mike Halford: Oh man, the layers. How could I forget the layers? Julien spent the entire playoffs talking like his team was a Tex-Mex dip. Anyway, I’m also excited for tonight’s game. What I remember most about that series was the bitterness — Evgeni Malkin fighting Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara punching Sidney Crosby in his surgically repaired jaw — all of which added to Pittsburgh’s patented off-the-charts frustration. It also served as a reminder that, as much as they say they’ve matured, the Pens can still be rattled, especially if you sock ‘em, POW, right in the kisser. Oh, and since we’re on the subject of firing shots, Mike Babcock threw one out in advance of another good Wednesday matchup: Detroit at Vancouver. When asked how he’d handle the red-hot Sedins-Kesler line, Babcock replied, “We’ll see who’s handling who.” No need to find the waitress, Vancouver, because you just got served.

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JB: Did you hear what they’re calling the Sedins-Kesler line? Beastmodo. Get it? Because the Sedins played for Modo in Sweden and Kesler’s a big Marshawn Lynch fan or something. I think a better nickname for that line would be “the first line..and also the second line” line, because those three have been playing a ton under new head coach John Tortorella. In fact, among NHL forwards, only Sidney Crosby (22:52) is averaging more ice time than Kesler (22:38), Henrik (22:28), and Daniel (22:14). Good thing it’s not an Olympic year or anything. And Vancouver has an easy travel schedule, right? I actually don’t have a huge problem with it, but it will be interesting to see how those guys look once the playoffs start. Either way, I can’t wait until Torts has to start answering the fatigue questions every day from reporters. That was always fun when he was coaching the Rangers. Dan Girardi could’ve been face down with seven IVs stuck into his back and Torts would’ve refused to admit his players were tired.

source:  MH: Pretty sure you don’t put IVs into a guy’s back, Hollywood Upstairs Medical College. Can we talk about the Vanek trade for a sec? I know it’s a bit old already, but all these new details keep coming out. First we learned Buffalo retained a bunch of Vanek’s salary. Then we found out the Isles could defer the ’14 pick if it’s in the top 10. I feel like there’s one more hidden clause, some sort of future consideration where Ryan Miller would agree to go to Long Island if the team would 1) win more than one game in a row (it hasn’t yet, by the way) or 2) use its celebrity super-fan network of Ralph Macchio and E from Entourage to hatch a comedic vehicle for Miller’s wife. But in all seriousness, Miller has to go soon, right? I read something about that on a very handsome website yesterday.

JB: I wonder if he’d go to the Islanders. They could definitely use a goalie, and he seems like the kind of guy who’d enjoy Brooklyn’s hipster scene. But rumor has it (and by rumor I mean TSN’s Bob McKenzie) that Miller wants to end up in California. I presume this is because his wife is an actor and that’s where actors live, as opposed to Buffalo, where disappointed sports fans live. Unfortunately for Miller, I just can’t think of a California team that needs a starting goalie. The Kings don’t. The Ducks don’t. The Sharks don’t. Maybe he could try out for the Lakers, but they really need to get younger.

MH: I think Miller’s best hockey fit is in the glitzy and glamorous town of Edmonton (hey, it’s got a film festival). But even if he agreed to go there, I don’t see anything beyond a rental situation, which would only be a band-aid solution to the Oilers’ gaping goaltending wound. I’m glad you brought up the California teams, though, because they’re all playing well, and they all play in the Pacific Division, which should really be renamed the $2 Steak Division because it’s so tough and no worse a name than Metropolitan. Can you disagree with any of this? I don’t think you can.

JB: Don’t forget about Phoenix and Vancouver. Those teams are playing well, too. So yeah, tough division that Pacific Division. Good luck with that, Edmonton and Calgary. Personally, I’ve been really impressed with Anaheim. I thought they’d take a step back this season, but a 10-3-0 start seems to be proving me wrong. (I’m used to it, don’t worry.) Everyone knows about Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, but the Ducks are also getting contributions from lesser-knowns like Kyle Palmieri, Mathieu Perreault, Patrick Maroon, and Nicky Bonino, whose name actually isn’t Nicky, it’s just Nick, but I enjoy saying Nicky Bonino. Fuhgeddaboudit. Until next week…

  1. joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Dang! Forgot about Miller’s link to Hollywood. So, 4 possible teams in that vicinity?
    SJS (Niemi -.933/1.53) , LAK (Quick -.957/2.53) , ANA (Hiller – .913/2.56), and PHX (Smith – .912/2.97)

    idk that SJS would want to mess with their chemistry right now seeing that net minding is not one of their problems.

  2. micasa81 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Dang, this makes me miss the Kurtenblog! Not that this is anywhere as loopy and over the top as you guys did back then, but hey, NBC expects you to put on suits and act semi serious every so often now. Anyway, more please.

    • micasa81 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Oh, also, have you considered reviving the Tuesday tire pump, if only for its name?

  3. govtminion - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Luongo for Miller, straight-up.

    …I don’t think it’s a good trade for either team really, I just would love to see how the sports world would react to something like that.

    • travishenryskid - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      That’s highway robbery for Vancouver. They get an equal goalie and shed that contract. It’s not bad for both, only bad for Buffalo.

      • joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Besides, does Buffalo want to get stuck with Luongo’s contract? Hmmm! Don’t think so.

  4. thecheeman - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Brough and Halford without Friday Messenger Ch… Errrr Wednesday Chip N’ Chase, is like Phil Jackson without the Triangle Offense and a Top 5 All-Time Basketball Player.

    Glad that’s fixed.

  5. comeonnowguys - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Beastmodo?

    I think calling the Sedins “sisters” is lame, but on the other hand, they don’t really remind me of the Marshawn Lynch’s of hockey, either.

  6. porkcrisp - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    It’s the Rye and Ginger line!

    • imleftcoast - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Dave Pratt, is that you?

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