New Kid On The Block
Joe Who? Joe Callahan. Sounds like a detective.
Pierre Gauthier went out and signed the 6’3″, 210 pound defenseman, (the same size as new forward Blair Betts), and does this mean Alexei Yemelin has impressed absolutely no one and is about to book a one-way ticket back to the Motherland? Or will he play in Winnipeg on Sunday and show he belongs?
I think Yemelin will stay put, play in Winnipeg, and Callahan is just insurance, a little more depth. With Chris Campoli now on the sidelines and with the possiblity of more going down because that’s what the Habs are really good at – losing defencemen – we need guys with big league experience to step in when called upon.
Detective Callahan, if he sees any action at all, (and he may not), probably won’t figure much in any stats department. One assist and 12 penalty minutes in 27 games with Florida, and in a total of 46 games in the bigs with not only the Panthers but also with the Islanders and Sharks, he accumulated four big assists.
Of course, if he plays and he shows that he’s a big, mean son-of-a-bitch who strikes terror in oncoming forwards, then he’s exactly what the doctor ordered.
But he’s probably just another journeyman. We’ll see.
Good luck Detective Callahan.
In looking up information about Alexei Yemelin, I’ve noticed that some aren’t sure about his last name. Does it begin with a “Y” or an “E”?
I’ve always said it was Yemelin, not Emelin, and CTV.ca, The National Post, TSN.ca, and Pat Hickey and Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette also say it’s Yemelin. Wikipedia has him listed as both.
HF Boards, HockeyDB, Russian Prospects, and Canadiens.com have him as Emelin.
So I did what I had to do. I asked my Russian wife. And the definitive answer is……….it’s both. It’s just what we do in the translation process. It’s like Yevgeny and Evgeny.