Saturday, April 12, 2008

Thoresen


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.

21 comments:

mike w said...

The poor dude.

Jonathan said...

Completely agree. He's a quality player and the way he plays you think he's a quality guy. Sad, sad thing to see.

heed said...

may the norse gods allow him a speedy recovery.

Halfwise said...

too late for Thor, but http://www.nuttybuddy.com/ would have made a difference I bet.

Bruce said...

News is all good on Thor today: out of danger, out of hospital, and perhaps even in the line-up tomorrow.

Is is OK to make a "balls of steel" joke now? (He'll need 'em the next time he thinks about dropping in front of a shot.)

Black Dog said...

Awesome news Bruce.

Jonathan said...

//News is all good on Thor today: out of danger, out of hospital, and perhaps even in the line-up tomorrow. //

What do you guys suppose the odds are that Philadelphia's management played up the extent of the injury because the game-tying goal was scored on that play after the referees failed to blow it dead?

Bruce said...

I put it at 75% at the time, now upgraded to 100%. There was never a doubt Thor was hurt -- and Glenn Healy is indeed a jackass for what he said -- but the decision not to stop the play with Washington in control of the puck was the correct one. But from Thor's perspective, to take one like that for the team and have them score on the rebound was a particularly severe example of adding insult to injury.

Mr DeBakey said...

Pat

Someone has been Fuckin with your layout.

I think whoever did it
is colour blind

Bruce said...

Thor nearly established a new definition of "minus one".

:D

Jonathan said...

//Thor nearly established a new definition of "minus one".//

Wow. I am in awe.

Black Dog said...

Oh Bruce.

Black Dog said...

How did my wife get mr. debakey's login info?

mike w said...

I like the grey much better.

Text on coloured backgrounds is a no-no.

Black Dog said...

/I like the grey much better.

Text on coloured backgrounds is a no-no.


Boring!

Look. Copper! Blue!

Pictures!

Black Dog said...

Plus I finally figured out italics!

mike w said...

COPPER!?!?!

COpper???

:0

grease trap said...

it's no spring colours but I like it!

doritogrande said...

From the mouth of the Norsehammer himself: The girlfriend was a little worried about the balls.

I couldn't make that shit up if i tried!

Black Dog said...

dg - link?

Bruce said...

The quote as I heard it was somebody asked Thor about his girlfriend, and he replied "She's just happy the nuts are OK."

Good on TSN for having the, uh, intestinal fortitude to show that. One of the best lines of the year.