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About CaptKirk888

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  1. Trade no one. Pick another winner at the draft. We have a good mix. Bo is our capt. If anyone deserves to have a chance to win with this team, he does. He will lead us to the promised land.
  2. Interesting story regarding his call up for the playoffs. Apparently it was a good will gesture by the Blues. Chris Thorburn has been playing hockey long enough that the Atlanta Thrashers were his third NHL team, after debuting with the Buffalo Sabres and playing a season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Thorburn, the last active player from the defunct North Bay Centennials of the Ontario Hockey League, moved with the Thrashers to Winnipeg, played for the Jets until 2017, then moved on to the St. Louis Blues, who won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history on Wednesday night. This season, Thorburn played only one game for the Blues, and was on the ice for 1:52 of a 4-3 overtime loss in Chicago on Oct. 13. Those 112 seconds and one credited hit were the only difference between Thorburn in the NHL this season and you. He spent almost the entire season in the American Hockey League, playing 40 games with the San Antonio Rampage, before being added to the Blues’ “black aces” taxi squad in the playoffs. But when the Blues finally secured the Cup, Thorburn was the fourth player to get to skate with hockey’s sacred chalice, after captain Alex Pietrangelo, 35-year-old first-time Cup winner Jay Bouwmeester, and decade-long Blues stalwart Alex Steen. Thorburn got the cup before Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly, before minor league journeyman-turned-season-saving goalie Jordan Binnington, before franchise player Vladimir Tarasenko, before everyone else who played a playoff game. It’s the players themselves who decide what order to pass the Cup around in, and there’s usually some significance to it, especially early in the celebration. In Thorburn’s case, it was more than just his tenure of 801 games in the NHL without coming close to the Cup. Thorburn spent this season away from his family, including his autistic son, and an early skate with Stanley was not his only reward for putting in a season’s work in the minors: getting called back up to the NHL meant that Thorburn got back on NHL health insurance, a big deal in his family’s situation. At first glance, this is a heartwarming story, but much like a 9-year-old paying off his classmates’ school lunch debt, teachers donating their sick days to a colleague with cancer, or Home Depot employees building a walker for a 2-year-old, when you think about it for an additional moment, it’s sickening, just as it was last year when a GoFundMe had to be set up to help Washington Nationals assistant GM Doug Harris pay his medical bills while undergoing treatment for leukemia. It’s bad enough that healthcare is a for-profit industry and medical issues can put anyone into dire financial straits. It’s worse that this is the case in the wealthiest society on Earth. It’s mind-boggling and a sign of how completely broken this system is when being an executive for a Major League Baseball team or a professional hockey player for a decade and a half isn’t enough to escape such trouble. The Blues didn’t have to call up Thorburn, but it was the right thing to do, and they did it. Maybe, when it came to Game 7, the hockey gods decided to smile upon that – it would’ve been an easy choice considering what St. Louis was up against.
  3. 4th overall in blocked shots for defence in the NHL (right behind Edler who has played an average of 60 games per season the past 5 years due to injuries). He is not injury prone, he just sacrifices his body more than most. He is a warrior and probably the best defensive defenceman we have had in this era.
  4. @Me_Yeash, sounds like a real sh*t show out there. I live in the Okanagan in BC and the number of people on the roads, shopping etc is two fold since last week, not a lot of distancing happening and almost no one is wearing a mask. We have not been hit hard by this in the Okanagan, so people are being stupid about it, not being careful. Noticing a lot more Alberta plates in town too, I thought we supposed to stay in our own provinces for now? Anyway, I recognize the area in your photos as my 1st wife (sadly deceased many years ago), had family in that area. Stay safe and healthy.
  5. At least some are wearing masks, but no social distancing is happening. You live in Toronto?
  6. Pitts in 4 Carolina in 4 Islanders in 3 Columbus in 5 Edmonton in 4 Nash in 4 Vancouver in 4 Winnipeg in 5
  7. After watching the best of Jake vid from this year I am so impressed by this kid's progression. After spending his sophomore season in Utica, he fought to make the team. This season has been a huge stepping stone for him. He's only 23! When he is a more seasoned vet in 3 or 4 seasons around 27 I can see him becoming a major part of the team and the power forward everyone wanted him to be. As has been mentioned, if he can keep his focus and consistency, I think he could be a solid 2nd line presence and big point getter. Fingers crossed for Shot Gun.
  8. I meant to use my ironica font in response, forgot too.
  9. @Roberts you are both a couple of jokers. jk.
  10. Most of these were great, but I went with the Islanders in 1980. Billy Smith was awesome and also full of p_ss and vinegar. Glenn 'Chico' Resch was equally good. And then of course the future great Nucks goalie Richard 'The King' Brodeur. What good memories. I hated the Islanders because they were so good. Much like I hated the Oilers after that. ha ha.
  11. Thanks @-AJ- Had fun voting and seeing everyone's various opinions.