Re: Shawn Thornton
posted at 3/12/2013 9:36 PM EDT
In response to MeanE's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
The country is jammed full of guys who were plenty skilled enough, but never played at this level. That really isn't any kind of a reasonable argument. I'm not sure that being fortunate enough to be traded to champions is any kind of proof to someones stock either. Any of us that played at a fairly high level know a few who made it, and lots who coulda/shoulda. Like every other occupation that results in promotion through multiple levels, there are a ton of subjectives along the way.
Personally, I find this topic as tiresome as "eharmony trade threads". Whenever this guys name is mentioned, things derail. It's anything but a given that someone else would be an upgrade. There are scads of intangibles. Unless someone figures the hockey ops people are buffoons, there's probably pretty solid logic as to why this guy is around.
The Bruins were champions when he was traded to Boston? The Ducks were champions before he got there? What did I miss?
Connecting the dots properly.
Merely pointing out that those 2 cup rings are much more a result of "fate", than contribution. Besides Neely, Brad Park, Rick Middleton, Terry O'Reilly, Jean Ratelle, Leo Boivan don't have their name on the Cup either. Does that mean Swoop Carlton was somehow above them?
Has dick to do with their stamp on the game, or the team.
If names on the Cup matter, Henri Richard should have his own Hall of Fame.