As I opened up my especially lively can of Mill St Brewing’s Cobblestone Stout, its nitrogen injected goodness sprayed all over me. If only my hockey team could look so lively.
This is an enjoyable treat best had on a hockey night off, like tonight, where we don’t risk a beer of good taste, being ruined by hockey that is rather tasteless.
I decided to take this shot with my coffee machine as a backdrop. Home espresso lovers may appreciate the Mazzer Mini grinder and Rancilio Silvia espresso machine. You may also appreciate that (for once) excellent pour.
This is a truly delicious stout, second only to the one I had in New York that almost made me fall out of my chair and eat my own face it was so delicious.
Ok, the elephant in the room right, all two of you who read this are wondering… what does the Lagerblogger think about the goalie situation.
Keep them both.
I have always thought we should keep Luongo, and think there is more fault in AV’s goaltender management (during Luongo’s blow-ups) than in Luongo’s play. As for Schneider, he is good, but unproven, and therefore, not good enough for number one.
Now some people will argue: that’s just too much money to spend on goalies. But hear me out on this one.
Let’s take our top line forward, among the highest paid players on the team. They are on the ice for about 20 minutes per game, or 1/3 of total ice time. Their time on ice for one season is about the same as our backup goalie, who would play about 30 games per season.
Given the amount of time on the ice, and the fact that a team’s goaltender is arguably the most important player on the ice, it seems to me a no-brainer to have two “starter” quality goaltenders, even if it costs you as much as a first line and a second line forward.
The alternative is to pretty much throw away 30 or more games per season, and not give your team the best chance to win.
There are some other secondary benefits as well: First of all, when a goalie starts to blow up (let in too many goals) a coach will be much quicker to put in his substitute. Coach Alain Vignault may be the exception here; Second, if there is an injury to the starter, you have an insurance policy that the second goaltender will fill the role and the team will perform well.
What do you think about keeping both goalies? What do you think about beer? Let me know what you think in the comment section.
Mill Street Cobblestone Stout
Rating: 4.5/5 (G1)