Saturday, August 02, 2008

Advice from Yzerman: Unsure about playing? Play anyways!

"If there's any doubt and guys aren't sure, I think they should be playing," Yzerman told The Canadian Press on Friday. "You can be retired for the rest of your life. You'll know when you're done.
If you're not 100 per cent certain that you don't want to play anymore, then the decision is that you should be playing."
This is Stevie Y's response when asked about players like Sundin and Sakic who remain undecided.
Joe Nieuwendyk was sought for advice by Scott Niedermayer when he was being indecisive.
"He really felt that he was at a point in his life where he really wanted time to do other things and felt like he was missing out a little bit," said Nieuwendyk. "I think once he took half a year off, he realized that those things will be there when hockey's over.
I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up playing again after this contract."
Right. So are you reading this, Mats? You're little wifey-poo will still be in Sweden waiting for you after your 2 year stint in Vancouver is up. Maybe you should get Salming to look after her while you are here. On second thought...doesn't Borje have an underwear clothing line? Maybe that's not such a good idea Mats. Let her stay with your mother.

Check out more on this story at Sportsnet.

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At August 2, 2008 at 5:17 a.m. , Blogger The Forechecker said...

That's a refreshing perspective from Yzerman; most MSM columnists, who likely haven't played a minute of competitive sports, love to posit that if your heart isn't 100% dedicated to playing then there's no way you should be on the ice.

At August 2, 2008 at 12:56 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Yeah, in a sense Yzerman's statements caught me off guard. Have you ever heard someone of that magnitude say that before?
But this seems to be the new trend among superstar players late in their careers.
-Isn't Sundin having hip issues as well as being 'hitched'?
You almost want to feel empathy for the guy and let him take his time making a decision. But when someone like Yzerman, who played on 1 leg for a playoff run, says that kind of stuff, people are going to listen and take heed.
It's a pretty good "suck it up" speech.

At August 2, 2008 at 4:32 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I think the Brett Favre situation is a perfect example of "making sure you are 100% sure".

Any chance that Linden could come back? Maybe as a Ranger?

At August 2, 2008 at 5:26 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

The latest rumor now has the Rangers clearing cap space to make way for Sundin. Imagine Naslund, Sundin and Linden on the Rangers? I'd burn all my Leafs AND Canucks stuff! :) Linden has more class then that!

BS rumor. Not a chance of that happening. What, are the NYR going to move Gomez or Drury to get Mats? I don't fucking think so.


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