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Re: Ben Scrivens waived by EDM
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2016, 08:23:12 AM »
So here's part 2 of Scrivens' piece for The Players' Tribune:

On to the Mental Side

I spent the majority of Part I of my catharsis addressing what I think are the most important skills for young goalies to focus on in their training. I took a few liberties with announcers and media types, and the response I received from (most) goalies was subdued elation. I think what I wrote resonated with them because our position is fundamentally misunderstood — not all great saves are created equal. But for all the goalies out who took a modicum of pleasure at seeing outsiders get “put on blast,” as the kids say these days, you may not like what’s walking down the slot.

We, the goaltenders’ union, do ourselves a huge disservice with how we mentally approach our position. How can we expect anyone to take us seriously when we’re the most superstitious players around? Why should we expect anyone else to take us seriously when our coaches and teammates look across the locker room and see us in the middle of our superstitious pregame rituals? How many wraps of tape make the knobs on our sticks — 75? Will we have a bad game if there are 76? Why are we adamant that sitting in silence while we dress for the game will have any effect on the outcome? Are we serious when we insist that putting our left skate on before our right is as important to our success as having a good night’s sleep? If we knew a pilot or a surgeon who could only perform after a 10-minute shower, a bagel with peanut butter and an elaborately choreographed handshake with every flight attendant or nurse, would we trust them? Or would we look at them like they had two heads?

In hockey, there’s a myth about our position that says we are weird because we stand in the way of 100-mph slap shots. The last time I checked, penalty killers block those same 100-mph shots too. The only difference is that we goalies wear gear designed specifically to protect from those shots. Using the above logic, penalty killers should also be called weird since they’re less protected. But they’re not weird, and they shouldn’t be considered as such. We aren’t weird because of the dangers of our position. We’re weird because we have to tap each post three times and squirt water down our backs to trick ourselves into believing we’re going play well.

As goalies, we subscribe to superstitions that no one would — or should — take seriously. Patrick Roy used to talk to his posts. I think Patrick Roy would still have been a great goalie even if he kept mum. Braden Holtby, this year’s Vezina Trophy winner as the league’s top goaltender (100% deserving, by the way), would be just as good whether he sprayed his water bottle in the air to get his eyes dialed in or just drank from it. (Emphasis: Not a criticism of Holts and his water droplet tracking. I understand why he does it much more than you do.)

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Re: Ben Scrivens waived by EDM
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2016, 08:27:08 AM »

Scrivens seems like a guy who might have a broadcast career in front of him.
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Re: Ben Scrivens waived by EDM
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2016, 09:06:50 AM »
That's superb article. I think I probably learnt more about goaltending from that than in watching for years.

(OK that's hyperbole, but it's very, very good).
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Re: Ben Scrivens waived by EDM
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2016, 10:14:03 AM »
Not surprising.  He's a smart guy.  Which is why I'd have no problem with him returning as Leafs backup (or Enroth or Ramo).

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Re: Ben Scrivens waived by EDM
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2016, 12:45:50 PM »
definitely in the 100 leafs list. 

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Re: Ben Scrivens waived by EDM
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2016, 03:29:29 PM »

Scrivens seems like a guy who might have a broadcast career in front of him.

He called into the Steve Dangle podcast on Tuesday and I'm about 45 minutes in and he has not used a tired hockey cliche yet. He is clearly trying not to say too much, yet says so much more than you are used to hearing a player say.

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Re: Ben Scrivens waived by EDM
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2016, 03:29:29 PM »