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  • #46
    Originally posted by thedaigle1 View Post
    Good points all-around.

    We'll always have to wonder about the strings that Eugene is pulling cos he has such a history of meddling.

    Asset management was a big flaw for Murray. For me it was always the inability to get sufficient returns on assets (Bishop, Spezza, etc.)

    Whether it was Murray directly or just the organizational philosophy, they accommodated Spezza's trade request, they handed out loyalty contracts to guys like Phillips, they give way too much rope to local kids who crack the roster. I dunno it looks soft to me.

    HOWEVER, after that Neil ceremony last night I will say that I'm happy to follow a heart-and-soul team like Ottawa that values people. When I think of the Kane coverup in Chicago, the Voynov and Richards situations in LA, or Boston trading away Joe Thornton, I'm glad Ottawa does the right thing and not the sleazy things.
    Hossa for Heatley was pretty greasy, but in general you're definitely right.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Josh View Post
      Hossa for Heatley was pretty greasy, but in general you're definitely right.
      Trading the lovable Marian Hossa for someone who literally committed vehicular manslaughter. What could possibly go wrong?

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      • #48
        https://www.theplayerstribune.com/br...ysgraphia-nhl/

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        • #49
          Wow. What a great article!

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          • #50
            Thanks Jas for posting these occasionally. Whenever there's a new link here I read that story and often 2-3 others from the site that it recommends. So many great stories and perspectives, they really drive home that athletes are just people as well.

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            • #51
              Pleasure is all mine. Whenever I land on a story like this, I like to share. I'm amazed at how much some of the guys are going through hell on a daily basis and yet, we can't tell by their game. I guess in a way, for a lot of them, its probably on the ice that they are most at peace with themselves.

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              • #52
                Why not us?

                https://www.theplayerstribune.com/bo...hy-not-us/amp/

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                • #53
                  To Hell and back!

                  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/ma...hell-and-back/

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Jasmine View Post
                    Awesome read. Sad, but awesome.

                    Savard was a great player back in the day. It's a shame Matt Cooke exists.

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                    • #55
                      https://www.theplayerstribune.com/ma...ele-top-5-nhl/

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                      • #56
                        Great article! And great pick for the first entry ;)

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                        • #57
                          Everything's Not O.K. - Nick Boynton

                          https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en...ythings-not-ok

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                          • #58
                            Good article, thanks for sharing. Im kind of conflicted on this though.. these guys are grown men making millions to play. The league has concussion protocols and teams keep paying their players while injured. In so many of these stories the players admit to lying about their symptoms, skirting protocol, and returning prematurely. Is that the leagues fault or responsibility?

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                            • #59
                              The thing that strikes me about this is how little he makes of the rampant drug use. Dude admits he was on pretty well everything illegal. I'm certain this did not help his mental health issues.

                              Blame the NHL all you want but things like this need to be addressed by the PA as well. Ultimately, they are responsible for protecting player's rights and addressing these concerns with the NHL.

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                              • #60
                                Agreed Matt!

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