I am very excited to start my weekly (or whenever I feel like posting) movie to NHL team comparison. Today, I'll start with the teams in the Northwest Division
Vancouver Canucks - Scarface
Although Al Pacino plays a Cuban druglord in this movie, he is actually Italian, the same heritage as Vancouver's Superstar goalie Roberto Luongo. Many similar comparisons can be made between the two. Tony Montana sells illegal drugs, whereas Bobby Lou wears illegal pads. They are both the central characters to their respective team/movie. As Luongo is forced to carry the load of his low octane offense and injured D, he is driven closer to the brink of insanity everyday. How long can he go on before he gets tired of shouldering the bourdon and shooting up the roomfull of Swedes on his team? Only time will tell.
Calgary Flames - Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World
Although Master and Commander received fairly good reviews, it failed to achieve any sort of box office success ($93 000 000) compared to it's high blockbuster budget. This is comparable to the Calgary Flames. Although on paper, they are one of the better teams in the league (Iggy, Tanguay, Hudanglius, Langkow, Phanuef, Regher, Aucoin, Kippersoft) They just can't seem to pull it together. This is now known as the "Russel Crowe Syndrome" It is when an actor gets paid over 20 million dollars a film, but can't generate any money in the box office (ever since Gladiator). The Calgary Flames have a similar symptom, where they have signed six players on their team for over 35 million for the 2008-2009 season. Some sports analysts have picked the Flames to be one of the top contenders in the West, but as of now, it is a toss up if they will even make the playoffs.
Edmonton Oilers - Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Let's face it. No one wants to play in Edmonton, just like no A to C actors want to act in any AVP movie. In order for a C actor (say, the main character from Smallville) to act in AVP, they'd have to overpay him by 500%, just like the Oilers are overpaying Dustin Penner by 500%. However, AVP2 wasn't all that bad. Sure it didn't make a lot of money, but people expected a lot worse. Oilers are tettering around the 0.500 mark, which is very impressive for the team picked to be at the bottom of the shit barrel in the Western Conference.
I'm tired of typing. Stay tuned for COlorado and Minnesota Wild when I can think up some movie comparisons.