Each Friday throughout the season, I'll provide you with my predictions on whose stock is on the rise and whose is failing miserably like an American bank. It's a neat little segment entitled Buys and Sells. There are a few teams/players/issues to buy and a few to sell.
Welcome, dear readers, to the Friday edition of Buys and Sells. If you're at work today, my apologies to you. Try your best to make it through the day without falling asleep. If you're in Philadelphia today, please just stay alive. Don't let the crowds of rabid zombies filled with a bloodthirsty lust for CHAMPIONSHIPS MMMM CHAMPIONSHIPS or the riot police take you hostage. Both parties are armed and dangerous. If you're at work in Philadelphia today, then you really need to re-evaluate your life. But why am I talking about baseball? This is a hockey blog and nobody here likes baseball. At all. Moving on to the hockey coated goodness...
Strong Buy: Mascot pranks. I don't know if you can really get more fun that this: cute*, cuddly Kings mascot Bailey playfully dumping popcorn all over Canuck fans. It's even better when you realize Bailey is off his rocker because he's running around in Los Angeles in a grass skirt -- something we might expect the one and only Britney Spears to do.
Hold: The Stamkos drought is over. Step away from the ledge, Tampa Bay. Your long nightmare is now over. Last night in Toronto Buffalo Steven "Nike" Stamkos earned his first two NHL goals. He also probably holds the record for the lamest first career goal ever. During the first period, Stamkos deflected home a shot from Vinny Lecavalier to open the scoring and notch his first career NHL goal. But, to quote Lee Corso, not so fast my friend. It took the official scorer until the first intermission to credit Stamkos with the goal.
So now that Stamkos is on the scoreboard, and has a total of four points in his last two games, you would expect me to be buy, buy, buying his stock. But no, dear reader! I am not that quick to judge. For a draft class is like a nice wine -- aged and appreciates in value. For now I will not buy or sell Stamkos and instead hold to wait to pass judgment on an 18-year old rookie.
Sell: We may never know the truth behind the Crosby Injury. The news that is rocking Pittsburgh this morning is that Sidney Crosby was injured last night during the Pens' 4-1 loss in Phoenix (Wow, there is nothing remotely positive about any of that if you're a Pens fan). Given the NHL's ridiculous injury policy complete lack of an injury policy, we may never know exactly what happened to Sid. The Penguins are completely mum on the subject, and if I'm them, I wouldn't dare say anything. The last thing they need is anyone taking strategically placed shots at their Meal Ticket. The Coyotes TV crew speculated that it may have been a bruised rib, but for all anyone knows, he could have agoraphobia.
* - OK, that's debatable