When I was a teenager I read a book by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale called “The Power of Positive Thinking.”
I didn’t do me one bit of good. I continued to think that my pimples were never going away and I wouldn’t be getting laid any time soon.
However, I believe there’s some positives regarding the Habs and their injuries. If you want positive thinking, I’m saying the injuries will turn the team into a powerhouse and not just make the playoffs, but also do major damage in said playoffs. This is the power of positive thinking at its finest.
It’s all about the fragile minds of the fringe players. They’ve sat in the background and listened as everyone, including me, went on about the Little Big Three and Tomas Plekanec and how much we miss Andre Markov. It’s been a nightmare for their phyche and it’s shown on the ice. All along they’ve needed ice time and couldn’t get it. In general, they’ve probably felt like pieces of shit. And all they want is to feel wanted.
Along with injuries comes big holes that need to be plugged, and these poor, unsung underachievers may soon find themselves with extra minutes, priceless power-play time, and one goal leading to two, and then three, and before you know it, all the lines are going good because everyone’s feeling great about themselves. Suddenly, many of these guys are going to get some shots at playing on the first line.
Andrei Kostitsyn is a perfect example. He’s been benched, yelled at, booed at, ridiculed, and maybe was even given wedgies in the dressing room. He became a mess. Then, little by little, he’s put on power plays and top lines and his confidence is growing and so are his points. It’s going to happen to Guillaume Latendresse too, and maybe even Max Lapierre. Hopefully.
And Kyle Chipchura, who isn’t going to win the scoring championship this year, just may find himself here and there in the upper stratosphere of a top line and Pierre Houde will be screaming, “Chipchura, C’EST LE BUT!!!!!!!!!
It’s all about feeling good about yourself, and these sometime-slackers need to feel wanted. They need to feel the warmth they felt when they were babies sucking on their mother’s teat. And they’ll get it because players like Brian Gionta or Scott Gomez or Travis Moen, or God-forbid – Tomas Plekanec or Mike Cammalleri, get injured and these guys will be needed to step up and fill in, and they will.
It’s like me when I was playing foosball at the pool hall. If my partner was only average, we’d lose often and I played like a bum. But as soon as my partner’s girlfriend came into the hall and dragged him out, I’d grab Rodney the Rodent, foosball-whiz extraordinaire, and we’d clobber all comers. Because with the Rodent I raised my game and one foosball goal led to a whole bunch more.
Dr. Phil and Tony Robbins, and yes, Norman Vincent Peale would be all over this theory, I’m sure. Although Peale’s dead so it might be a little tricky there.
Injuries are definitely tough-sledding. But if these guys can pick it up a little the way it seems Kostityn is doing, then the Canadiens might be fine after all. And maybe it’s good that we get rid of them now instead of the second part of the season.
Geez, the power of positive thinking never stops.