Welcome to Boyfriend of the Week, which is almost like it sounds but not quite. No, ladies, this isn’t our weekly gab sesh about who is looking mighty fine (heeeey, Antoine) and who’s starting to look rough around the edges (sorry, Calvert, you have to get those teeth fixed) –that’s Twitter, of course. This is merely my overeager way of talking about my choice for player of the week. And my opinion counts (to me).
As we roll into Friday the 14th of October, one short week after all of the cannon-blowing, gigantic-screen-dropping festivities prior to the Nashville game, we’re looking at a record of 0-3-1, less than ideal attendance, and suddenly all of Canada laughing at us and paving the road to Quebec City (joke’s on you, you can’t have them until 2040). The numbers alone speak for themselves: this kind of sucks. But if you look at it on a game-by-game basis, really only the road game in Minnesota was thoroughly awful. The Nashville game started with promise and kept up with a decent pace. Damn that Pekka Rinne. The Vancouver game was full of fireworks and blowing a lead for likely the first of many times, and a third period that fell apart. The Colorado game was full of promise and felt good, like aloe on a sunburn. Kind of like this: Ahhhhhhh, we’re going to do this, we’re going to get that first win. I can’t wait to enjoy this over a donut on the way h –ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW? Oh, the elusive first win.
So how do you pick Boyfriend of the Week when the team is struggling and an overwhelming chunk of the team is underachieving drastically? Well, there is always Rick Nash, with his five points in four games and a pretty decent game vs COL. But he’s Rick Nash, and let’s face it, I can’t pick him every week. So this week’s choice is:
Let me admit, when we signed this guy, I didn’t know anything about him other than his name is Vaclav… or Vinny… or something like that, and he’s kind of old (I mean, compared to Ryan Johansen). I thought, “Great. Another Chris Clark/Ethan Moreau/feelsorryfortheoldwashedupguy signing.” But! I have been pleasantly surprised by Mr. Prospal. He’s one point short of Nash so far – he has 4 in 4 games –on a top line that has produced nearly all of the team’s offense. Prospal has brought an unexpected spark on the ‘Superstar’ line, and has looked very, very good. So, in Week One, I salute you, Vinny Prospal, my boyfriend of the week. Keep up the good work, and don’t forget your wallet. I don’t cook on the first date.