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Started by Nik, August 28, 2017, 11:07:12 AM

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Rob

Quote from: Zee on March 09, 2022, 01:46:30 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on March 08, 2022, 11:19:00 PM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on March 08, 2022, 09:29:26 PM
https://twitter.com/dalter/status/1501383408265662468

I always thought the "Nick Ritchie hat-trick" was 3 goals in a single calendar month.
No expectations/pressure there like there was here for the hometown boy.

Would be hilarious if Arizona is able to flip him at the deadline for something because he's produced there.

Dubas will soon wise up to his huge mistake and trade a 1st to Arizona for him. 

Guilt Trip

Quote from: Rob on March 09, 2022, 01:49:07 PM
Quote from: Zee on March 09, 2022, 01:46:30 PM
Quote from: Guilt Trip on March 08, 2022, 11:19:00 PM
Quote from: Heroic Shrimp on March 08, 2022, 09:29:26 PM
https://twitter.com/dalter/status/1501383408265662468

I always thought the "Nick Ritchie hat-trick" was 3 goals in a single calendar month.
No expectations/pressure there like there was here for the hometown boy.

Would be hilarious if Arizona is able to flip him at the deadline for something because he's produced there.

Dubas will soon wise up to his huge mistake and trade a 1st to Arizona for him. 
And don't forget Robertson in the deal too.

Arn

Quote from: Arn on August 30, 2021, 04:35:29 PM
2014 4th round pick J.J. Piccinich who managed 10 games for the Marlies and a championship with the Growlers has signed in Belfast  8)

52 games, 32+42 for 74 points so far. One of the best shots I've seen in the league here in a while.

I Saw Jay McClement Score.

CarltonTheBear

After playing the last few years in Europe Peter Holland announced his retirement today. Reposting his long twitter thread to avoid clutter:

QuotePRESS RELEASE!

I have decided to step away from the game of hockey. It feels weird to say retire, but I guess that's what it is.

I'm not sure if a Twitter thread is an appropriate forum to announce this but when you were a bubble guy, there's no press conference, banner raising, or puck drop at centre ice. 😂

So here it is:

It's strange to think that something which has been a part of me since before I can remember will no longer be a part of my future. This was not an easy decision, but in order to be honest with myself, it was time to confront the reality that hockey had become unenjoyable for me. I was no longer committed to getting better and therefore I was getting worse. It was an unsustainable trajectory not only for my career but also for my mental health, and therefore it was better to stop altogether.

Also, life comes at you fast! With a young family of my own, having to pack up and move every 6 or 8 months, being away from extended family (sometimes 10 hours apart) - it just wasn't worth it anymore.

But perhaps most importantly, I'm doing it on my own terms with my health - something not to be taken for granted. Especially after playing a highly competitive and physical game professionally for over a decade. Not to mention the 15 years before that.

Admittedly, my passion for the game really fell off a cliff the moment I was traded out of Toronto. I could never rekindle that spark I had when wearing a Leaf jersey. It was like my hockey path was always destined to allow me to wear my boyhood colours; the blue and white. And wow, am I ever blessed to have gotten that opportunity. Once that was over, it was as though I had accomplished the pinnacle of all my hopes and dreams. Did I dream of hoisting a Stanley Cup?  Heck yeah! But as a boy - to even make it to the NHL was a long shot. So what are the odds I got to play for "my" team too? There's some things in this world which you just can't explain.

And now it's time to move on to the next chapter; where I can put my education, zest for knowledge, and passion towards a new endeavour - closer to family.

I've already expressed my sincerest thanks and gratitude to my family so I don't need to do that again here, but I did want to thank each and every one of you for supporting and following my hockey career. Our potential social impact as players was something I never took lightly, and I always tried to represent my family, my team, and the community in a positive light.

In fact, one of the things I am most proud of from my playing days was my willingness to get involved in the community. None more special than visiting and contributing to SickKids Hospital Toronto. I'm sure I got more out of those visits than the kids.

Some things I know for certain: I always tried my best; I cared deeply about my team; I wanted to win for everyone in the dressing room, as well as everyone in the stands (especially everyone in the top bowl!); and most of all I cared about being a good teammate.

With that said, I want to extend a HUGE thanks to all my teammates, equipment staff, and all the team personnel who made the day-to-day operations tick - I see you guys too! I have made some life long friendships from this game, both players and staff, and for that I am eternally grateful.

A thank you to all my coaches and GMs. Although not all of our relationships were equal, even the ones where we butted heads, I know there were meetings I wasn't involved in where you went to bat for me and helped give me an opportunity to live and continue living my dream. So thank you.

Last but certainly not least, Thanks to you: the fans, the critics, and the media. The combination of you all makes this crazy sport of hockey worth playing.

I'll never forget the feeling of coming out of the tunnel onto a fresh sheet of ice, with the potential to bring each and every one of you out of your seat with a good play, hit, fight, or goal. It was an honour to provide you some entertainment and let you escape from your day-to-day lives if even for just a few moments.

Finally, if I can offer any advice to parents of young hockey players out there; let them decide how much they want to play. I played multiple sports growing up - It was never just hockey. I played flag football, basketball, volleyball, competed in track and field, golf and competitive soccer. I truly believe I loved hockey as long as I did because I didn't burn out of it. If your kids are lucky enough for hockey to become a job that's great - But I promise they'll miss the days when it wasn't!

That's it. Thanks for reading and taking part in my Twitter retirement press conference.

I wish all of you the best and I look forward to enjoying this game from the stands again! See you around the rinks.

-PH

Happy retirement to Peter. He's a guy I was always surprised wasn't able to put together a longer NHL career. But glad he got to live out his dream of being a Leaf regardless.

Nik


Yup. Always thought he had skill, just didn't seem to be able to put it together. The ultimate sort of tweener.

Still, seems like a good guy and best of luck to him in retirement.
I wish to hell I'd never said "Winning isn't everything it's the only thing". What I believe is, if you go out on a football field, or any endeavour in life, and you leave every fibre of what you have on the field, then you've won.
- Vince Lombardi

L K

A guy like Holland is one of those guys where you wonder if he got a better opportunity whether he could have put it together.

bustaheims

I'm still grumpy about how he was used here. He may not have become anything, but I don't think he ever got the sustained opportunity he needed to be able to show what he could do. He was always ill-suited for the 3rd/4th line role he had as a Leaf.
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan


CarltonTheBear

You know... I'm just gonna say it... the alternative would have been losing to Montreal/Roy in the Finals and Canadiens fans are smug enough about their Cup history so them having that over our heads would have made them even more unbearable.


herman

"Can't let the poison get to you"
#BeBlessed #scumbag

Bender

Quote from: herman on April 09, 2022, 12:51:30 PM
https://twitter.com/khlreplays/status/1512753481341415424
I don't know how I feel about this. It looks to me like a regular check by a bigger player on a smaller player, the issue being the smaller player had his head forward and so even a clean looking check can have the head as principal point of contact.
"They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. So here is the professor's oldest friend, a grotesque, stinking lobster." - Bender

CarltonTheBear

https://twitter.com/SaraCivian/status/1532390364870582272

I know Gardiner wasn't the most popular Leaf during his time here but man what a rough go for him the past few years. Was almost completely injury free for most of his career (missed a total of 8 games in 5 NHL seasons before his last one with the Leafs). Final season here and he almost kind of out of nowhere started to have back issues late in the season that kept him out for some games and really hampered his play. He kept struggled with that back (and also hip) problem throughout his time in Carolina to the point where it kept him out of the entire 21/22 season.

He has 1-year left on his deal with a $4.05mil AAV. Hopefully he's able to get his career a little back on track.

herman

"Can't let the poison get to you"
#BeBlessed #scumbag