Rick Nash Takes Vancouver" posts covering the Blue Jackets Captain on his successful quest for Gold. But watching the Olympic tournament led me to four overarching conclusions...and I wrote this last night while suffering through no internet (and ESPN - Gawd, how I loathe ESPN...), so I burnt part of that in jotting down these thoughts.
2. It might be sacrilege to say this as an American, but my MVP of the tournament is Jonas Hiller, goalie for Team Switzerland and the Anaheim Ducks. You can talk all you want about how the Swiss have a rapidly improving national hockey program, and how Ryan Miller stood tall as the Americans got to the Gold Medal game, but tell me this: Were the Swiss players good enough to win a single game without Hiller? Thank you, I rest my case.
4. This one kills me to say, but I need to get it out there. I still don't agree with R.J. Umberger not making Team USA, but Brian Burke played his hand about as good as anyone could have expected in this Olympics. Eschewing the Yzerman/Canadian All-Star Team approach, Burke (with his many advisors) put together a team of role players that actually performed like a genuine team in the Olympic tournament. Think about it - this was a team that didn't trail until the Gold Medal Game. Is that impressive or what? So let's give Burke his props for a job very well done.
That what I took from the Olympics - what about you? Leave a comment with your thoughts!