The Predators bit the mud final night time, as all of us suspected they might. The Avalanche are simply an excessive amount of, the Preds had been a wonky crew whose finest participant on each ends is a defenseman, Roman Josi, as a result of he needs to be. For their complete existence, which is getting up close to 25 years now, the Predators have been in search of a real, real No. 1 heart. They bought a take a look at what one can do that sequence, as Nathan MacKinnon scored in each recreation and was primarily unplayable for the Preds (a 66 % share in each Corsi and anticipated targets).
Of course, possibly that wouldn’t have been fairly such an issue if the Preds excuse for a No. 1 heart, Ryan Johansen, wasn’t on his fifth straight yr of time theft.
There isn’t a lot proof that ol’ No. 92 participated on this sequence. The field scores say he was on the market, however you’ll haven’t any reminiscence of it, regardless of how a lot of the 4 video games you watched. Records point out he piled up two assists, and had two pictures on objective for all the sequence. Again, there’s little reminiscence of this, however will go down in historical past due to the stat sheets. This is a type of instances the place the field scores gained’t let you know the true that means of one thing. In this case, this that means was canine and shit.
It’s maybe clever to fill you in on RyJo’s historical past in Nashville. He arrived with a lot fanfare, as each the group and fanbase in Smashville had been so determined to lastly have a real prime pivot on the crew. They’d by no means seen one, however they’d heard tales of what having one may do for them. They had been so determined that they gave up Seth Jones for the privilege. And, as he at all times is as a result of no hockey author ever desires to say something unhealthy about him (, fearing they may not get their golden ticket to the bars and bachelorettes on Broadway), GM David Poile was hailed as a genius. And it stays true immediately because it did then, David Poile has introduced extra intercourse criminals to Nashville than he has Cups or division championships mixed. And but, hockeydom can’t wish to throw rose petals at his toes as a substitute of leg locks.
And Johansen was simply canny sufficient to idiot them for a season. Because y’see, he was in a contract yr. Columbus already knew. John Tortorella, even by way of the fog of rage with which he walked by way of day-after-day, may see that Johansen was not definitely worth the funding. So they let him bitch and down instruments on his option to Tennessee. They had been by no means going to pay him.
And Johansen did play for that 2016-2017 season. He had 13 factors in 14 video games within the playoffs earlier than getting harm, because the Preds made their one and solely journey to the Stanley Cup Final.
Perhaps it was genius to bail out midway by way of that run. Absence makes the center develop fonder and all that. Johansen performed all of Nashville, as they might inform themselves they might have crushed the Penguins had solely Johansen been wholesome and current. And persuade themselves that they had to verify he can be current the subsequent time. Yeah…the subsequent time.
So Poile rushed handy him an eight-year deal ofr $64 million, a reasonably large deal 5 years in the past. He’s nonetheless the highest paid ahead on the Preds. Finally, Poile had solved it. No extra would Preds followers need to look longingly on the MacKinnons and Crosbys and Barkovs of the world. They had their very own.
And Johansen has been a turd ever since. Sixty-four64 factors is one of the best he’s ever managed, which is okay for a second line heart. But not a prime man. And when it issues most, you gained’t discover this man with satellite tv for pc imaging and an advance crew. He’s racked up the factors that discover him, not those he finds. He’s a extra well-fed Ryan Getzlaf, floating across the outdoors and letting his pure expertise appeal to simply sufficient factors to duck criticism, whereas by no means actually taking issues by the scruff of the neck or placing himself on the road or carrying a crew to something that issues. He’ll get no matter factors he can attain along with his fork from the dressing room unfold.
This previous sequence was his coup de palooka, as he racked up a 22 % Corsi and anticipated objective share as Nazem Kadri swirlied him for 4 straight video games.
Is Johansen bothered? Nah, he bought his verify. And in nowadays when companies and billionaires have queered society to an irreperable place, maybe it’s time we modify our perspective. No longer ought to we view Johansen as a waste of cash or a roster spot, or lament what he could possibly be if he may simply be bothered to take action. No, maybe it’s time we simply recognize somebody siphoning off some huge cash from somebody far richer (who gained’t miss it) for doing nothing. It’s grand scale time theft, the form of which we’d solely dream of. He’s profitable in a manner most would kill to.
One of our most well-known strains in current reminiscence: “Look at my cousin, he’s broke and he don’t do shit.” From Office Space, one among our most beloved works, it was a dream to have the ability to do nothing and get away with it. Well, Johansen is somebody’s cousin. He’s removed from broke, and he don’t do shit both.
Good on you, lad. You hold being an inspiration.