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? Spectacular. Or 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.
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