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Devin Setoguchi


Okay, for those of you who were in IHC, and were there for the first historic instance of UAGP, I would like to share my excitement (heh, heh) that last night I watched a drunken unintentional video reenactment of that very first UAGP. It is literally a dream come true!!! :D I would like to thank crankygeek very much for this (and of course, robi0688 and early_afternoon themselves)--Cindy, I believe you have a future in directing amateur porn! :)

So last night Tootoo charged/boarded/elbowed Aaron Miller, then when Bourdon came over to defend his honour, he cross-checked him in the face. This is stunningly like the incident last season when Tootoo charged/boarded/elbowed Mike Modano, then Robidas came over to defend his honour, and he sucker punched him. I'm not surprised in the least. This is the kind of behaviour that Barry Trotz implicitly encourages in all his players by defending their actions and making up stories to excuse them. He turned even a skilled Russian player into a gutless puke, as it were.

A Pred could hit someone knee on knee, while simultaneously throwing an elbow into his mouth, spearing him in the groin and slew footing him to the ground away from the play and Trotz would say, oh, that's not a penalty, the guy obviously embellished. (If you think I'm exaggerating, well... I am, but I'm not at the same time! Last season when one of the Scotts knee on kneed Cheech and simultaneously elbowed him in the face, knocking a tooth out, Trotz declared that Cheech had lost his tooth when his face hit the ice. Obviously he's a better judge of what happened than Cheech himself. And I think he also accused Bernier of embellishing, well... see for yourself.)

Comments from yesterday morning:
harleymae: Ahh, yeah, is Alfie playing tonight? You should be able to beat the Kings even without him, but you kind of never know with the Kings, haha. They're one of those annoying teams that generally flail around incompetently and then suddenly get their shit together for one game as their backup goalie plays out of his mind.
abby20: Well, we inspire that in every team we SHOULD beat, so my hopes aren't high. ;) Also, since Gerber's been playing decently against pretty good teams, I expect him to have a mental breakdown against a shitty one any day now.


Devin Setoguchi is back with the big team, and he and Torrey Mitchell are back to bickering like an old married couple. ♥

Setoguchi set on staying with Sharks
Shark learns what it takes to keep his place in San Jose
By Mark Emmons
Mercury News

When Devin Setoguchi rejoined the Sharks last week after another brief exile to the minors, the next-happiest guy was Torrey Mitchell.

"He's got all of his stuff in my apartment," Mitchell said.

Hold on, countered Setoguchi. That's our apartment. "Even when I'm down there," he said, "I still pay my half of the rent."

Either way, Setoguchi is back and he's hoping to stay. He has been only a part-time tenant in San Jose - splitting his season between the Sharks and their American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester, Mass. Although he has gotten plenty familiar with Boston's Logan Airport, he would prefer to avoid any more cross-country flights.

And he can do without the less-than-lavish features of minor league hockey.

"The bus is a little bit different than a charter plane," he said.

Setoguchi, 21-year-old right wing, understands that he has considerable say over what happens to him next - perhaps even more than Sharks Coach Ron Wilson.

"The coach doesn't send me down," Setoguchi said. "I send myself down with my play. It's not his fault. He's not the bad guy. If you're not producing and being the player you should be, it's all on you."

It has been a rookie season filled with remarkable highs and lows for the eighth player picked in the 2005 draft.

In October, Setoguchi became the first Shark to score two goals in his NHL debut. Three times this season he has scored twice in a game - including last Friday at Detroit in his first game back. In 33 games for the Sharks, he has 11 goals and four assists.

Yet he has done three tours with Worcester - technically four because he also was sent down briefly during the All-Star break. It's as if Setoguchi is playing the season with an airline boarding pass tucked inside one of his gloves.

Setoguchi is the first to admit that he has been inconsistent, and that's why he has been bouncing between the NHL and AHL. There have been games where he was all over the ice and others where it seemed like he was still in the minors.

"The one thing you learn quickly is to never get too comfortable because there's always someone ready to take your spot," he said. "Being sent down is a reality check and makes you more motivated. You get angry. You want to show them that you deserve to be up there. I just need to be more consistent and there won't be a problem."

The early returns are promising. With the rookie playing on Patrick Marleau's line, Setoguchi's speed seems to have re-energized the embattled Sharks captain. Monday, in a 6-4 victory over Montreal, Setoguchi assisted on Marleau's opening goal with a nifty pass between the legs of a defender.

"Great pass, great play, great creativity," Wilson said.

Earlier in the day, Wilson made no apologies for demanding steady effort from Setoguchi - and punishing him when he hasn't seen it.

"That's the least of my worries," Wilson said when asked if the moves risked damaging the youngster's confidence. "If you don't do things right, you don't play here. If he doesn't do it right, I shouldn't send him down? If he's not getting the job done, he is deciding when he comes and goes."

Mitchell, his good friend, said Setoguchi has handled the demotions well, which is why he keeps getting called back to San Jose.

"It could be depressing going from a nice big arena to a city that doesn't have the atmosphere here," Mitchell said. "But he's been great with that. Guys keep reminding him that he's so young and that he's going to have a great NHL career."

Yeah, "veterans" like Mitchell, who also is a rookie.

"Well, I am two years older than him," he added.

During his last stint in the AHL, Setoguchi bunked with another Worcester Shark, sleeping on a pull-out bed. Now he's back at Mitchell's apartment. Or their apartment.

"I was living large when he was gone, having the place to myself," Mitchell said. "But it also was getting pretty quiet in there because there was nothing to do."

Monday, Mitchell was surrounded by reporters from his native Montreal. Setoguchi, impatient for lunch, said he was leaving without him.

Better not, Mitchell warned, or "I'll lock you out."

Right now, Setoguchi is more concerned with not getting himself locked out of HP Pavilion again.

Oh, those crazy kids! Still trying to stay together even though Devin keeps getting sent down. *sniffle* And Torrey playing the field without Devin around, but ultimately still missing him! And threatening to withhold sex lock Devin out!!!

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*flails feebly* Oh, gods, I love them. :)

I looked forward to watching them bicker practically every Shark Byte!

They bitch at each other all the time. Torrey complained that Devin didn't give him a birthday present, and Devin complained that Torrey didn't even call him on his birthday, and Torrey said he did and then they started arguing. :P

God knows how much I hate the Preds, but the hit on Miller was legal. Boucher got hurt with a similar hit on Wednesday night against the Yotes. It's what Tootoo does afterwards that makes him the punk ass bitch that he has turned into. It's just sickening. As I said in Tammy's lj, he always gets his stick up high in retaliation. Always. It's amazing how the Flyers are looked upon as this horrible organization, but the Preds play just on the edge of dirty. I want Ryan traded from there. That kid is being tainted.

I love Devin. I'm not supposed to, but I do!

I watched only 2 replays. It looked either a hit from behind, or an elbow to the head. BTW, have you noticed that a couple of the players doing the dirty things the Flyers have been criticized for are from the Predators? It's not even that they're on the edge of dirty--they do dirty things and pretend that they're not doing it. Basically they'll injure - not hurt, injure - guys if they get any chance at all to do it.

Hehe, I'd been waiting to watch him play for a couple of seasons now and I'm pretty happy. :)

... ::cries::

Uh, at least I was wrong about Gerber having a mental breakdown? But I think I had one instead, so I don't know if that makes me feel better. :(

Also, the Predators do not make me happy in any way, shape or form.

See, I saw highlights from last night and I thought Gerber made many more tough saves against the Kings than against the Sharks. Meep, it's annoying, isn't it??? At least you guys have Tampa Bay as the crappiest team in your conference, we have the Kings. :P

As Bernie said, the one thing we're all united about!!! :D

"The coach doesn't send me down," Setoguchi said. "I send myself down with my play. It's not his fault. He's not the bad guy. If you're not producing and being the player you should be, it's all on you."

I love this quote, and I love these two kind of a ridiculous amount. My favorite rookies outside of Kane and Toews? You bet. ♥

Torrey probably makes him look bad because he's so consistent. :P Devin looks like he's playing well with Patty now, though!

Aww! They're pretty adorable even though they no longer have their crappy rental car. Have you read the Mutt and Jeff article?

I really don't understand how Tootoo wasn't suspended after cross checking a dude to THE FACE. It's ridiculous.

It's because he plays for the Preds and the NHL isn't really sure that team actually exists. If he played for the Flyers he'd get 20 games. :P

Also, whenever Tootoo is on the receiving end of an actual clean hit, he falls to the ice clutching his head.

Edited at 2008-03-07 11:42 pm (UTC)

HAHAHA! I was thinking the exact same thing when he said he was locking Devin out. They really are an old married couple. I rewatched Tom Holy's 20 Questions and was totally reminded on that. :P

Also, Torrey not allowing Devin to have lunch without him. *squeaks*

ZOMG I remember UAGP! It would make you so happy! There were times when you weren't in chat and someone would go, "Oh Mae would have loved this!"


Okay, for those of you who were in IHC, and were there for the first historic instance of UAGP, I would like to share my excitement (heh, heh) that last night I watched a drunken unintentional video reenactment of that very first UAGP

lol what?!

I miss IHC sometimes. Good times.

No lie!!! I have it bookmarked!

Everyone tells me that I am trying to get an academic degree in unemployment and failure, but who cares when one can have a fruitful future career in cheap porn home videos? Robyn and I have been talking, for months now, about making Girlz Gone Wild movies starring her and Gilbert Brule. ;)

Edited at 2008-03-09 01:13 am (UTC)

I think this is the beginning of a long and beautiful partnership!


Hi are you dating anyone if so what is her name?

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