Dec 26, 2011; San Jose CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Torrey Mitchell (17) during warm ups before the game against the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Farewell, Torrey Mitchell

For anyone hunting, The King Shark did a great job of summing up a good chunk of the first day action in his blog post yesterday.  His summary of the Burish signing is top notch, the most telling part being the end where Burish insists he won’t be outworked.  Yes.

The part The King mentioned that I’ll focus a bit more on is the part where GM Chuck Fletcher tries to turn Minnesota into SJ-North, the departure of Torrey Mitchell.  He was a good character guy for us who gutted out strong performances night after night.  Mitchell was the ultimate grind-it-out guy, a real minute eater when healthy.  He’s a 0.54 PPG player, and at $1.9M per year he’s a very affordable $3.51 SPPG (for definition, go here).  The main thing that he brought, though, was tenaciousness in getting the puck to the net. Does anyone remember the highlight reel goal from a few years ago he scored where he was tripped on a breakaway?  SpectacularOr this one versus the Canucks? Of course there was the insane goal versus Dallas from this past season.  Point is he never gave up.  He is a lunch pail player who’s not afraid of work, in the crease, in the corners or in open ice.  Minnesota Wild fans, you’re getting a special player who’ll help anchor your bottom 6.  Congratulations.

Quickly, a special happy belated Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians.  Hope  you all celebrated accordingly.


Best Canada Day Activities

1) Drinking maple syrup
2) Making maple syrup
3) Eating poutine
4) Debating which Kid in the Hall was the best
5) Drinking a couple wobbly pops, responsibly
Want to debate a list? Tweet me @bluelineboomer

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