You know when you enter into a new relationship, and your significant other actually has a positive effect on your life? I'm not talking about a total overhaul, but maybe they help you dress better, or eat healthier, or work out more often? Then after awhile you start to wonder if you let that person change the very essence of what made you unique? Maybe you revert back to your old habits just to show yourself that you can, or to prove to yourself that it's still a part of who you are? That's what happened to Bobby Farnham last night. There is no other way to explain his actions other than to say that he had an identity crisis.
This first play? That's the new Bobby Farnham. That's the goal scoring Bobby Farnham. That's the opportunistic Bobby Farnham. That's the productive NHL contributor Bobby Farnham. He didn't exist a few months ago. He entered into an arrangement with the New Jersey Devils and somehow, without losing his energetic style of play, he developed into a different - and more importantly better - player.
This next play? That's the old Bobby Farnham. That's the goon Bobby Farnham. That's the shit-stirring, awareness impaired Bobby Farnham. He is the player that spent years in the AHL. He is the player that doesn't know what the goal light looks and has never come across a fight he didn't want to start. That's the Bobby Farnham that has been in captivity since he first laced them up for the New Jersey Devils.
I immediately noticed the exact second that he came out of hibernation right before that hit. I wasn't halfway through my third reprimanding "no" before he left his feet and blindsided an oblivious opponent purely out of frustration. Not only will that Bobby Farnham probably get suspended, but he should get suspended. Suspensions are nothing new to that Bobby Farnham, but if he wants to continue the most unlikely evolution of a career that I have ever laid eyes on then he needs to leave plays like that in his past. As incredible as it is to say, the Devils can't afford to have him watching from the press box, and that's where he will spend most of his time if he can't maintain the relative control he's shown since the beginning of the season. I don't want him to lose what makes him the 'Wild Thing', but I do want him to harness it. It's not a crisis Bobby. Your new identity is far better for all parties involved and there's no need to stray from it now.