He’s got skin so thick you couldn’t cut it with a machete.
He’s even managed to win over a good chunk of fans in the last year or so as well.
Speaking of things that bug you but just won’t go away, here’s what you might have missed on The Quickie podcast last week.
Are the Blue Jackets a Dark Horse Team to Watch?
Are the Columbus Blue Jackets a sneaky Cup favourite if the NHL were to return?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) May 20, 2020
They were decimated by injuries this season yet still cling onto a playoff spot.
I hype up #CBJ on the latest episode of The Quickie: https://t.co/OolL2cAGhD pic.twitter.com/5GHiqfbxQk
The main argument here. Despite a rash of injuries, they remain a playoff team thanks for a staunch defensive system. They’ve also allowed the third-fewest goals in the NHL.
Also, who’s doubting them after last year’s miraculous performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s never to doubt John Tortorella (unless he’s coaching a Canadian hockey team while refusing to live in Canada).
The Best Brock in the NHL
Sorry #Canucks fans— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) May 21, 2020
Boeser was not the best Brock in the NHL this season. That dubious award goes to Brock Nelson.
I touch on the best and worst of the #Isles season today on The Quickie: https://t.co/qhyamibDE2
Quick shout out Michael Dal Colle. JV pick could have been worse! pic.twitter.com/5OkeTgi5xP
Yes I know, I’m asking to be fired as the NM editor...
The truth is though, Brock Nelson was the NHL’s best Brock this season. I make the argument that he was the Isles best player this season, even though it took him until his seventh NHL season to break out.
I also make the argument that Michael Dal Colle was the Islanders most disappointing player this season. Just remember that next time you want to pile on Jake Virtanen.
Jim Benning is Made of Teflon
Jim Benning is a Teflon Boy.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) May 22, 2020
Love him or hate him, he's sticking around unless he's unanimously vilified.
But does any fanbase unanimously hate their GM anymore? I talk about the relationship between social media and team decisions on The Quickie: https://t.co/TNXCVHmfss pic.twitter.com/uIdDM5Tguw
Love him or hate him, he’s sticking around.
It seems like Benning’s worst days are behind him too. With Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes kicking some big boy ass at the NHL level, along with trades for J.T. Miller and Tanner Pearson, market opinion has swayed towards neutral on Jim Benning.
But really, you should look at the list of NHL GM’s and ask yourself, is anyone on this list even hated my the majority of their fans?
You could do that, or just listen to my spiel about GM’s and the power of fan opinion on The Quickie.
Today’s Quickie: Let’s Get Crazy with the 24-Team Format
The storylines would write themselves.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) May 25, 2020
My suggestion for the 24-team playoff format. How about the top four teams in each conference play for the right to select their first-round opponent?
Let's get crazy. Hear my full take on The Quickie: https://t.co/5HzIWxNsve pic.twitter.com/9GqBi3UPbQ
I recorded this episode in response to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s decision to reject the 24-team format.
One of their reasons was a lack of motivation to play before they face their playoff opponent. So, let’s give them some motivation.
Why don’t the top four teams in each conference play for the right to select their opponent? Just do it, NHL, and let the storylines write themselves.