I used to work Top 40 Radio. The Drake-Chenault format for those who know the industry. CKLW Windsor and CFUN Vancouver were huge radio stations in my youth and they played basically that format (CHED in Edmonton would be similar although they were more innovative with things like album cuts, etc) with the top songs rolling over a few times an hour. After that I worked for several years on formats that were contemporary (hits) but had older songs and a much larger song universe.
One of the subcategories of that format was “recurrents” which contained songs that were hits a year ago or less and “spiced” up the sound of the station. That “Goddam Arms Race” song my kids kept playing all summer might be a recurrent by now, that sort of thing. Rest the song after it wears on the listeners, wait a few months and then spice it in along with the current hits.
In hockey terms, players like Robert Nilsson, Marc Pouliot and JF Jacques have moved out of prospect (hit) status and are not yet golden. They are in between the two, kind of a no man’s land. Radio is still playing the song, but the record isn’t selling. Recurrents. The worst recurrent I ever saw in sports who ended up having a fine career was Andres Galarraga. Long after he wore out his welcome as a prospect Galarraga was still swinging at that damn outside curveball that no RH batter could hit. I swear he looked as bad as any major leaguer in history when down 0-2 (and he didn’t look much better down 0-1).
In the EJ today Craig MacTavish indicates that Nilsson will be back in the lineup, and says “Nilsson was scratched when Hemsky came back, before that Sam Gagner sat out. It’s possible Patrick Thoresen will move into that rotation.” The writer is Joanne Ireland. The article also quotes MacT on Nilsson: “It doesn’t hurt to miss a game or two if they focus in on their game and use the time to their advantage. (Nilsson) has done that.”
What he’s done is learned in bp to layoff that sweeping curveball to the point the manager is going to bat him 7th. He’s nowhere near batting cleanup, he’s no longer a prospect and he’s most certainly not golden.
Recurrent. Some make it, some don’t. The time for Robert Nilsson is Jan-Apr 2008. We’ll see.