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I've been missing in action for two weeks. A backyard slip on black ice and subsequent surgery to repair a busted kneecap will do that to a person.
Yes, it hurts. But I will live.
Don't worry about me. I'm just immobilized from hip to ankle and plunked in front of the TV. It's forcing me to slow down and look at things differently. And as frustrating as it is, I am learning a lot. Especially about my preconceived ideas about who's good and who's not when it comes to the NHL.
I've learned the Senators may suck, but man are they fun to watch. So are the Orcas. Who would have thought?
The Flames are relentless. So are the Golden Knights and Sharks. The Pacific is crazy top heavy. The Habs are actually good. And the Bolts aren't just great – they're elite. And they all seem to love to play there. How cool is that for players and fans alike.
But the Maple Leafs have holes. Big ones, especially when Fredrick Andersen is out. And what's up between Mike Babcock and Auston Matthews?
Other things? Brent Burn should never be doubted. Never. Sergei Bobrovsky is talented, but he's acting like a baby.
And Nikita Kucherov is every bit as good as stud pivots like Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid. It's like the guy has fly eyes – he seems to have an almost 360-degree view of the ice. You have no idea if he's