Re: Horton Looking For a
posted at 7/4/2013 11:14 AM EDT
In response to stevegm's comment:
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to Hanrahan1's comment:
Pretty disappointed to hear that Horton is really just in it for the money and the lifestyle. He blew hot and cold in Boston and turned in some good play off performances but in the end the Bs never won a Stanley Cup Final with him in the lineup.
Seriously, what is wrong with anyone who thinks this way? Would you like an extra million dollars a year? How about an extra five million dollars? Horton is no different than anyone else. It's just that his job pays him a heck of a lot more than others do.
"Doesn't he have enough money?" What is enough money? Someone on welfare might look at someone who makes $50K as being exorbanantly rich. "Why does that person use coupons? Doesn't he have enough money?" That's all up to the individual to decide.
As for the lifestyle: He has earned the opportunity to live where he wants. He has earned the opportunity to make his wife happy. Why would he be somewhere he doesn't want to be if he can be somewhere he wants to be?
He fulfilled his deal with the B's. He's earned the right to do whatever he wants in regards to where he'll play. To be disappointed in him for that is stupid.
You shouldn't be so critical of myopic opinion and abstract conclusion, when you share that same quality yourself. In this case, as in most, we don't have much inside information, so that's what we go on.
It's never appearred to be about money. There's nothing to warrant that thinking, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to defend Horton's right to cash in. There's nothing out there suggesting PC was expecting Horton to take a mil, or 5 less a year, since no one has been able to make any offers yet.
I don't know where this "wife" stuff came from either. It's been mentioned many times here, but I don't know of any validation there, except the wild speculation that because she's a hottie, she wants more time to work on her tan, or wears the pants. Same with the kids. Like every other city in North America, there are good and not so good neighborhoods to bring up kids. My opinion would be that anyone using that, as a reason to leave town, would be hiding the real one.
As far as his right to choose, you're absolutely right, but so did Iginla amd I'm betting several of those sticking up for Horton here, were saying screw Jerome. Where were you on that one? Exactly the same thing.
Fact is, we all have our moments. I'll suggest our idiocyncracies about these guys are largely shaped by our "personal likeability". Horton was never one of my favorite Bruins, so I'm probably judging him more harshly than I would Krejci in the same position.
Count me in the disappointed category, and like everyone on the other side of the fence, I'm probably looking to validate, more than find reasons to change that opinion.
To me, Horton is another Ryder. I don't think he really contributed any more to the B's Cup success, and he certainly took a lot of nights off. I believe this hockey market cut him a ton of slack, and feel overall, his importance is over rated. To me, wanting a quieter, more peaceful working environment flies in the face of being an NHL hockey player. The paralell to him "choosing" a Nashville, doesn't fit to the same kind of individualism and spirit as Oliver Douglas choosing Hooterville. It's fine, and completely normal to get tired of the media circus, and it's fine to chase the money. But this is much different, and it goes against the whole DNA of virtually all North American hockey players. Most live to compete, and all things being equal, having the choice to do that with one of the best teams in hockey trumps all. Making those personal sacrifices to go deep in the playoffs for a monetary pittance should be looked as a windfall, not a professional nusance.
Although the "quieter" story is only rumour, it fits and somewhat validates my opinion that Horton is over rated and lazy. The fact he doesn't want to play for Boston, is just bonus back up material.
Nothing "wrong" or "stupid" with going either way on this one. The only thing that can be wrong is the rationale.
His wife and kids live in Florida year round Steve so it's not much of a stretch to assume that might be a factor in his decision making process. He played out his contract in full so he earned the right to decide in any was he sees fit.