Thursday, 7 February 2008

WTF Happened to ... David Vyborny?

by Jes

(OMG, actual hockey talk!!)

With the Columbus Dinner Jackets fighting for a playoff spot, it's obvious that the team isn't going to roll over and die as it did in previous years.

Rick Nash is scoring goals? Check.
Nik Zherdev finally matured? Check.
Pascal Leclaire is putting up a Vezina-calibre season? Check.

If one wanted to point fingers as to why the Jackets aren't over the hump (yet), they could always point to one man for not producing: David Vyborny.

Let's look at the numbers, shall we?

Year Team GP G A Pts +/-

2003-04 CLS 82 22 31 53 -26

2005-06 CLS 80 22 43 65 -9

2006-07 CLS 82 16 48 64 +6

2007-08 CLS 45 3 13 16 -11

Apparently, Vyborny has been hamstrung by groin injuries this season.
Still, this is a new level of sucktitude for the guy, and his output has been below awful. Is there more to than meets the eye?

Hitchcock has a theory on Vyborny's struggles, and it has nothing to do with his contract, which expires this summer. The Blue Jackets have not begun talks about an extension.

"(Vyborny) didn't get off to a great start and he started overthinking," Hitchcock said. "When you're overthinking, you're underreacting.

I really wish teams would stop dressing injured players and just let them heal. What good is an hobbled Vyborny to the Jackets when he's ineffective at both ends? Tell him to sit home until his groin is fully healed. In the meantime, give more ice time to Gilbert "Creme" Brule.

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    There was nothing accidental about Heath Ledger's drug use, and we ought not to BS ourselves into thinking this was simply an unfortunate little accident. Drug abuse is a high-risk, high-reward choice that, sadly, once again took another life.

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