“Kicking Tires”

After losing blueliner Marc Methot to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, the Senators did kick tires on defencemen….
—Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Citizen, July 1, 2017.

It’s also believed the Senators kicked tires on Calgary defenceman Michael Stone, the brother of Ottawa winger Mark Stone….
—Garrioch, Ottawa Citizen, June 30, 2017.

A few teams kicked tires on Vancouver Canucks G Ryan Miller, but in the end, he stayed put.
—Garrioch, Calgary Sun, Mar. 3, 2017.

Lots of teams kicked tires, but everybody hoped the asking price would drop and it never did.
—Garrioch, Ottawa Citizen, Mar. 1, 2017.

The Senators, Rangers, Blues, Sharks and Jets are among those that have done more than kick tires on Drouin …
—Garrioch, Ottawa Sun, Feb. 28, 2017.

[T]he word is Chicago GM Stan Bowman would like to add a little more depth for the post-season and has been kicking tires to see what’s available.
—Garrioch, Ottawa Sun, Jan. 7, 2017.

Though Dorion has been active in working the phones, it’s fair to say he’s mostly been kicking tires up to this point on the trade front.
—Garrioch, Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 2, 2017.

Speaking following his round, Dorion indicated while he’s happy with what he has going into camp, he has been kicking tires on signing another free-agent forward…. On defence, the Senators have kicked tires on the likes of free agent blueliners Kris Russell and Dennis Seidenberg.
—Garrioch, Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 12, 2016

…GM Bryan Murray has done nothing more than “kick tires” with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic about a deal for the 24-year-old centre.
—Garrioch, Ottawa Sun, Nov. 13, 2015.

If that doesn’t happen, they could kick tires looking for a blueliner to help them fill the minutes.
—Garrioch, Ottawa Sun, Jan. 4, 2014.

Like a lot of UFA’s, Hainsey has had several teams kick tires
—Garrioch, Sault Star, July 31, 2013.

Winner, by acclamation, Bruce Garrioch.

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5 comments on ““Kicking Tires”
  1. Papadoc says:

    Reading Garrioch’s writing tires me.

  2. OJM says:

    I gather pro hockey is now a wheelchair sport.

  3. John MacLachlan Gray says:

    The term comes from the early auto era when you couldn’t trust the thickness of
    the tires. So I guess it’s a gauge of a player’s ability to take a beating in a brawl.
    That’s what hockey comes down to these days, I guess.

  4. wolfkir says:

    Hockey on wheels? Since when?

  5. daveS says:

    Longer list in Sylvia Stead’s column
    Public editor: Idioms that Globe readers hate the most
    by Sylvia Stead The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 3:49PM EDT

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