The Steal of the Century – The Kyle Wellwood Story

| November 24, 2011 | 3 Comments

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  1. Skeeter says:

    I have to agree with Lola, though I certainly think that Wellwood was a steal. Wellwood has never been known as a cancer in the dressing room and I am honestly baffled that anyone would tell you that. At the very least, he definitely does not have that reputation, so it wouldn’t have been part of the “baggage” you describe.

    To say that he “cut down on his penalty minutes” is so off-base that it’s hard to know where to start. I’ll just point out that his career-high in penalty minutes is 14 and he has 3 seasons in his career where he’s taken no penalty minutes at all.

    As for being an agitator, that’s just…wow. I have never heard anyone call him an agitator ever. Ever.

    The only baggage that Wellwood had was that he never lived up to his promise as a top-six forward after scoring 42 points in 48 games in 2006-07 with the Leafs. At his size, most teams wouldn’t want him playing in their bottom-six and he hasn’t put up enough points in his career to take a chance on him in an offensive role. Add in concerns about his consistency and that’s all the “baggage” he had. It has nothing to do with being a “cancer” or taking too many penalty minutes.

  2. Craig Knapp says:

    In response

    1- I have contacts inside Toronto and Vancouver who will tell you different
    2- He is known as an agitator on the ice and has taken PMI – Who cares about junior
    3 – What’s the link to your blog?


  3. Lola says:

    1. No one has ever said that Wellwood was a cancer in the dressing room… He’s always described as a very likeable, easygoing guy. The knock was that he’s sometimes TOO easygoing on the ice.

    2. I have no idea where you got “he cut down on his penalty minutes.” This is a guy who has gone 3 years with 0 PIMs. His career high in penalty minutes is something like 14. He has never had a problem with taking lots of penalties. He even won a most sportsmanlike player award in junior.

    3. Omg the grammar… the grammar, it hurts.

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