based on his age, sami should have 1,000 games under his belt by now. but the fact that he kept coming back and has managed to hit 700, with his s*** luck and brittleness, is a huge accomplishment. nice quotes from the boys:
Saturday afternoon, while his teammates were congratulating Sami Salo for his game-winning overtime goal against the Minnesota Wild, Alex Burrows was busily retrieving the puck as a souvenir for the Finnish defenceman, prompting the question, why?
Pucks are saved for a player's big moments. His 500th career goal. His 50th goal of the season. His first hat trick. None of these applied to Salo.
So what was the big deal?
As things turned out, it was Salo's 700th career game. But it's what those 700 games represent that tells the story here.
“We love him so much,” said Burrows. “For him to come back this year with all the injuries he suffered and taking a pay cut. And he still wants to win more than anyone. He's a warrior.”
“Sami has so much respect from everybody in this organization,” said Keith Ballard. “It's because of the type of person he is and because of what he's gone through to continue playing. He's just so solid. He's a player I watch every day.”
another key quote from the article: "Salo has been the Canucks' best defenceman by a million miles. The bad news? He shouldn't be but that doesn't diminish for a second what he's brought to the team this season."
i couldn't find a sami salo appreciation thread (how can this be possible?), so i thought to make a new thread. if there is one that the board's search function didn't turn up, can a mod please merge?
im not really a canucks fan but i think i've watched about every Sami's game since he came back last season and he's just so awesome. can only wish the best for him and lets hope he keeps rockin! mad respect