I hope no one ever tells Eddie Lack he is a professional athlete.
I do not believe there is an ounce of ego in that mans wiring.
And normally that does not cut it when you receive funds in a profession where there is always someone nipping at your skates that feels they are better than you.
When he does not fare well in a game, he is the first one to own it afterwards.
But it’s his loosey goosey, happy go lucky nature. Damn it’s refreshing.
Lack is not a hammerhead. Number 31 is a numbers guy, the team’s record, statistics; he knows how many goals Radim Vrbata has and how many points it will take to nab a playoff spot. It always seems to be on the tip of his tongue.
The Swede has no problem busting on his teammates.
Hours after signing a 22.5 million dollar contract, Chris Tanev wiped out at the blue line 40 seconds into the Winnipeg game. The lanky Swede had to stop Mark Scheifele on a breakaway. Lack claimed, “I think the change was a little heavy in his pockets.”
He trolls his goaltending partners on twitter. There was a long running gag about trying to set up a dinner with Bobby Lou. Ryan Miller broke out his shell and entered the online to design contest for Lacks pads, which included a picture of a giant taco on them. Eddie loves ’em and tweeted out TACO TUESDAY after the win.
On trade deadline day last year he skated over to Ryan Kesler and told him he was traded to Pittsburgh. RK17 said he was going to shoot at his head for the rest of the year.
His team did not score for him early in the year, but now he’s rolling since Miller went down with his knee injury. Lacks has six wins in his last eight starts and his save percentage is better than Millers.
Forget all that. Have you ever heard anybody speak negatively about him?
Lack is the most likeable athlete in this city. As word gets out, the league will love Lack too.