Brouhaha Posted October 15, 2015 Share Posted October 15, 2015 I don't give a fat rats' arse whether you liked him as a person or thought he wasn't a good guy. But over long periods of time, he did a lot of the dirty work and heavy lifting on his own with not much support. Notwithstanding the last couple of years here, the guy battled hard from the time he got here and IMO, he was the guy driving the bus for this team. When he was on, this team was something to behold. He was here for 10 years and in one the memorable 2011 playoff run, he single-handedly destroyed the Preds while playing on one leg (injured his hip in the previous Sharks series). Sure we didn't see beast mode as often as we wanted, but I considered him the heart beat of the team who carried the team on his shoulders but couldn't do it all on his own, especially when he was injured. Seeing him in tears following the SCF is something I'll never forget and showed how much he cared about this team and city. I see a 30 year old who spent his entire career with the same team, sacrificed his body and endured multiple surgeries and who upon seeing the direction the team was going decided he had to have one last shot go to a team with a chance to win the Cup while he was still able to play at a high level. I don't begrudge him that given his service to this team. Of course I didn't like how he left here and the bind he put us in with his trade request, but it was what it was. You can slag his current contract or his current play with the Ducks, but don't downplay how important he was to this team or downplay his accomplishments for all those years as a Canuck because of your bitterness around how he left. It makes you look like a bitter ex-girlfriend. I agree with you but the preds series was before the Sharks series Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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