30 in 30: Day 20: Toronto Maple Leafs

Soooo, I could go on for hours about my favorite player here. Mostly because he’s also my favorite player in the entire NHL.

Let’s bring this back to a couple of years ago, before I even understood the full game of hockey. A friend told me this story of a guy who had been severely injured in a hockey game and was fighting to come back into the game. I was intrigued because broken backs = D: So, I read up on him. And then I started watching hockey games, much to the delight of my best friend.

I fell in love twice over. Once with the sport itself and once with…

Mason Raymond (Vancouver Canucks, GDI, I hate you all)

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Story behind this picture. It’s from Nashville in April 2013. Taken by me. There was waving directly after. I miss him on the Canucks.

He’s a pretty damn good hockey player too. Underrated. Also, we probably could have used him Saturday night against the Flames, don’t you think? Hattricks for MayRay. [Source: ??? I had this saved in my favorites, if it’s yours, let me know]

Bromances. He had such good chemistry and friendships on the team. UGH MY HEART YOU GUYS. [Source: bieksas]

Mason Raymond. Good Dad. [Source: kane]

No, those aren’t tears. My contact just dried out. #brokenbromances [Source: deschneid]

He’s a lover, not a fighter. [Source: howthemoonshines]

Just break my heart all over again, MayRay. It’s okay, I’ll be fine. *sniff* [Source: markusnaslund]

It’s okay, I didn’t need my ovaries. Or my heart. [Source: officialblackhawks]

We have a lot of fond memories of you too, Mase. [Source: markusnaslund]

Even Dale Weise is embarrassed by whatever they’re saying. “Guys, I’m just trying to drink my drink, Jason Garrison, put your tongue back in your mouth.” [Source: juicepls]

You dance divinely. [Source: codyhodgson-9]

Nope. Nothing to see here. [Source: burrayeska]

I have like a million more but my heart is being torn to pieces looking at them. I’m sure you get the picture. Mason Raymond is my favorite ever and I’m unapologetic about it. xoxo

All images from tumblr. Please let me know if I have credited accordingly and/or you would like your image removed.

Canucks Pre-Season Started…

So… That happened. Anyone else feel like we never left the playoffs? Whose bright idea was it to have the first game after a long summer be against the team that eliminated us? (Probably the same person that said sign Sestito but not Lapierre.)

Speaking of former Canucks, let me wax poetic talk about the fact that Lapierre scored two goals in his first period with the Blues… I haven’t looked at his TOI but yeah… Added to that Mason Raymond’s gorgeous shorthanded breakaway goal and assist with the Maple Leafs… Anyone else miss them? (Reminder, Canucks brass, you could still sign Raymond. It’s only a PTO! YOU HAVE A LITTLE CAP SPACE!)

Monday wasn’t completely horrible though. I liked the look of our young guys, especially Shinkaruk. Eddie Läck will be the perfect complement to Lu… and not just on Twitter. I’m not ashamed of my adoration of Läck, the kid is seriously talented. And hilarious. And attractive but that is neither here nor there. But he had some nice saves.

Rumor has it Jordan Schroeder will be in the line-up and I’m looking forward to that. It would be better if he was centering Raymond and Hansen again though.

Why I waited to post this – more information was coming, obviously. I’m worried about his shoulder now. He played in the prospect’s games, but maybe he isn’t completely healed?

Image from tumblr.

The Five Stages of Grief

Mason Raymond has a Professional Try Out with the Maple Leafs…. Have my Twitter meltdown as I experience the Five Stages of Grief.

Denial and Isolation:

Anger:

Bargaining:

Depression:

Acceptance:

Free Agency (In which I cry over Mason Raymond & the Canucks in general)

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Mason Raymond. Derek Roy. Maxim Lapierre. What do these three have in common besides being on the Vancouver Canucks? All UFAs this year and all most likely not to be signed by Vancouver. Of the three, Lappy is most likely to be back, from what I’ve picked up around the web.

Of the three, the one I’ll miss the most is Mason Raymond. He was the player whose story intrigued me enough to start watching hockey and he quickly became my favorite. This past season he continued to endear himself to me and the RSH line (Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen) blew me out of the water. I think that given a little more time, the “speed” line would have been hard to contain by other teams.

My dream placement – should the Canucks not blow me out of the water and re-sign him after all – is Nashville. Can you imagine a healthy Colin Wilson and MayRay on a line? All my dreams coming true.

The acquisition of Derek Roy made me pause for all of about 30 seconds before his grin got to me. Shortly after that I became a fan of his skating style – so sue me, I saw the pretty smile and eyes first. I was fortunate enough to see his first goal as a Canuck against Nashville (in Nashville at my very first live hockey game) and may have screamed my lungs out while surrounded by Predators’ fans. Losing him will not only make the average height of the Canucks go back up (slightly offset by Jordan Schroeder – herein after known as The Brat for Reasons) but will decrease the amount of pretty on the team. Chris Higgins’ abs will have a lot to live up to. But on that, if the largest worry is who is going to provide devastating smiles during interviews… The Canucks are most likely doing the right thing in not re-signing him.

Lappy, however. It will piss me off if they do not do something about Lapierre. He gels with the team and more than that, I believe they need him to anchor the forth line. Come on, Canucks. You’ll give a contract to Tom Sestito, but not Maxim Lapierre? That makes no sense to me.

 

 

(Next time on Ash on Ice – Luongo #1/Schneider trade thoughts, Coach Swap: Rangers & Canucks opinion, & whatever other breaking news catches my attention.)