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Just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey travelled through the gulf to make landfall in Texas, Americans in the most southeastern state had to prepare for another tropical cyclone, Hurricane Irma.

On Saturday, the Florida Panthers twitter account released this tweet:

Yes, Florida Panther players would team up with Boston Bruins players to collect donations for hurricane relief efforts at a Red Sox game. Of courseformer Bruins and current Panther’s front office guy, Shawn Thornton was in on the action. There’s nothing saying that he set this up but it does sound like a Thorty thing, right? And since the Panthers players were moved up north due to the storm to be nearer their AHL affiliate in Springfield, it seemed like the right thing to do.

Current players from both hockey franchises and former Red Sox players all got in on the charitable action:

Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Noel Acciari, Kenny Agostino, Paul Postma, Brandon Carlo

Panthers: Shawn Thornton (VP of Business Affairs), Aaron Eckblad, Derek MacKenzie, Mike Matheson, Alex Petrovic, Mark Pysyk, James Reimer, Colton Sceviour, Vincent Trochek, Keith Yandle

Red Sox: Joe Kelly, Deven Marrero, Blake Swihart, Keith Foulke,

Rays: Steve Cishek, Jake Odorizzi

Alls I know for sure is this: how could you resist giving to these guys at the gate?

Zdeno Chara explained why he and others took part.

“Unity – we just want to help out, we want to show how much we care about other states. I think it goes a long ways,” said Chara. “Teams came together. [It] doesn’t matter [that] we’re going to be competing in the season…right now is the time to help out…”We know we can only do so much,” said Chara. “But every little bit is hopefully going to [make] a difference to the families and those who are most affected by the hurricane.”

The Boston Bruins Foundation will match the amount collected which will go to the Red Cross for the southern Florida relief efforts.

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Satan 81's Sister
Editor

Morning all. Pretty damn awesome that the Boston and Florida teams came together like that and to see so many Bruins and Panthers take part.

Satan81
Admin

*sticktap*

phonymahoney
Editor

Morning, pals!

Haven’t been to work since Wednesday. Sick as a dog Thursday and still sick, but scheduled off on Friday. So I’m in the parking lot, trying to get up the willpower to go in.

phonymahoney
Editor

Bucyk-Gretzky-Kurri
Orr-Potvin
Dryden

Done.
I wanted Jagr but I figure if I’m going to have Gretzky, I can’t go wrong with his $1 sidekick.

Satan81
Admin

Yeah, I can’t really find fault with your thinking there. smile

This is all based on the goofy dollar ranking system given to the players, so I’m thinking that Gretzky isn’t worth the $1 increase in cost over Lemieux. By switching Gretzky to Lemieux, you can afford to upgrade Dryden to Brodeur.

Some thoughts on my thinking here:

– You’d be sacrificing the chemistry between Gretzky and Kurri and assuming Lemieux would have the same success with Kurri.
– Brodeur’s playoff numbers aren’t quite what you’d think they’d be, while Dryden was white hot in the playoffs.
– But Dryden was a stand-up goalie instead of a butterfly or hybrid goalie, so perhaps it’s mandatory to have a butterfly or hybrid goalie.

IntentionallyWidenberg
Admin

I was definitely suspicious of how Dryden would translate to the current style of play. (of course, most of the skaters are also from late Dryden era) It seems like modern goaltenders are a lot better than their predecessors – especially comparing the modern butterfly to previous techniques. Brodeur’s big advantage was his ability to play the puck outside the net – which was purposely hampered by the trapezoid – so I don’t see him translating all that well. So given that, I didn’t see a lot of difference between Price (playing at his current level) and older ‘tenders being hampered by modern rules.

Satan81
Admin

If a player isn’t on the list, can I have ’em for free? ’cause I would totally take Bobby Hull on LW and Doug Harvey on D.

With the money saved there, I could upgrade to Hasek in net:

Hull-Lemieux-Bossy
Orr-Harvey
Hasek

IntentionallyWidenberg
Admin

I originally went w/ Shanny-McDavid-Jagr, Niedermayer-Stevens Price

But it occurred to me to min/max it, counting on Orr & Gretzky to create the most mismatches

Benn-Gretzky-Bossy
Orr-Chelios
Price

Of course, then you gotta get Benn, to keep Stevens from chopping off Gretzky’s shins or something.

Satan81
Admin

Bucyk-Lemieux-Bossy
Orr-Potvin
Dryden

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

Benn-McDavid-Jagr
Orr-Burns
Price

Hope you’re feeling better!

imbiginjapan
Member
imbiginjapan

This is the correct answer.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

And I gave them all NMCs.

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