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03-05-2013, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by clefty View Post
He was a good player, actually. One of the few on that team.

He was one single career game short of being a Restricted Free Agent, and Craig subsequently flubbed re-signing him. TK went on to have a fruitful career as a checker like everyone knew he would, while I guess we went and signed Ryan VandenBussche.
I wasn't really knocking him or saying he was a bad player but he was a low scoring grinder on a team that had really fallen on tough times and he only played 79 games for our NHL club. I can see where he would be forgettable to some younger fans that were pre-teen or so back then. I was mid-late teens back then and remember him fairly well. I remember the grit and hard working style. I'm sure I've also forgotten many things about him just because of the era he was here. I could tolerate all the losing to a point and the players tried hard but the losing was still tough and the product was really bad, so sometimes I had to tune it out and hope for better times ahead which we have obviously gotten.

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