Saturday, April 12, 2008
One of the few bright spots in last year's disaster was longshot Norwegian Patrick Thoresen. He made the team, coming out of nowhere, and had a nice start to the season. His numbers tailed off though and while he did a lot of nice work away from the puck it wasn't enough for him. Like a lot of young Oilers he was passed this past fall by the arrival of Gagner, Cogliano, Nilsson and Brodziak. Throw in Glencross and Pouliot and the remaining vets and there was no longer a spot for the guy with a lot of heart but not a lot of hands.
Everyone loves an underdog and Thoresen further endeared himself to Oiler fans with his play in the last disastrous months of last season. Unlike many of his teammates he did not quit. Every game he gave it his all. Nice qualities to have.
I was disappointed when Thoresen lost his place with the Oilers and when he was picked up on waivers by the Flyers. Hard to argue with the move seeing that Brodziak can also handle tougher opposition, kill penalties, plays full out all of the time, in other words, do everything Thoresen could do. Plus he scores goals.
Its just hard to see a favourite go.
Its a measure of what the Flyers think of Thoresen that he was killing a penalty as they tried to protect a one goal lead last night. Its a measure of Patrick Thoresen that he fearlessly threw himself in front of a slapshot.
While he writhed in the ice in pain the play went on and the Caps tied it up.
I'm all for cock and balls jokes but Patrick Thoresen spent last night in the hospital, facing the real possibility of losing a testicle. That's not funny. Here's hoping he's ok and that next fall he's back out there.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:02 AM