Morning Free Association: Tuukka Week

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Turns out this week is a memorable one for one Tuukka Rask.

On June 24, 2006 the Toronto Maple Leafs traded him for Andrew Raycroft. After deciding that Justin Pogge was the goalie of the future, the Leafs decided that Rask was an asset that could be traded away in what is considered the worst deal in Maple Leaf history. Raycroft, winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy just a couple of seasons prior, was due to be released by the Bruins. Had the Leafs waited, they could have had him for nothing. Instead they traded away a goalie who – so far – has won 291 games in the NHL, all with the Boston Bruins.

The Leafs didn’t really know what they had in Tuukka since he played in Finland before and after he was drafted in 2005. In 2007, Rask came to play in Providence, even seeing game action in 2 Boston games, both of which he won.

Also on June 24th, this time in 2014, Tuukka Rask took home his first Vezina Trophy. Hopefully, it won’t be his last.

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Just found out our local common where I go for my run has become infested with poisonous caterpillars! 2020 just keeps on rolling!

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Awesome. sad

What kind? Tomato hornworms or some such?

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Oak Processional Moth caterpillars. They have fine hairs that cause excruciating skin irritation – or worse if they get on the wind and you inhale them! eek

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Well that sounds fun!

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Ugh. I just looked those things up. What miserable little cruds. I’d be first in line with some sort of blowtorch if I had to deal with those things.

I’ve noticed that Gypsy Moth caterpillars are back around here. Not poisonous but voracious, fecund, and no real predators in North America, so they’ve been an ecological nightmare in past seasons. When I as a tween, I remember the whole side of our house being blackened by newly hatched caterpillars. One could hear them at night, as millions of caterpillars up in the trees would drop tiny caterpillar turds onto lower leaves, making a sound like a rain shower. Then huge swaths of trees would be defoliated over the course of a week or two.

We seeded the area with a fairly specific fungal attacker, which largely wiped them out. I don’t know whether the fungus has disappeared or if the caterpillars have gained resistance.

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Morning all.
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Hi All!
Watched some of a 2013 Tuukka shut out vs Tampa…… the Stamkos breaks his leg game. Fun stuff. I love that he has the most wins by a goalie drafted by the Leasts…. Tremendous. Also, Tuukka haters can kiss my butt.
Hatting out early with a pal to catch the 11 am dam release up north. 11 – 3 crazy whitewater!!!! Jo follows later. Some people have responsibilities. \_0_/ I have priorities!!!!
Have a great weekend.. Maybe we will have wifi. Cow updates to follow..

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It would be Riverfest weekend, but Covid. There will be a virtual festival with big giveaways…. if we can Zoom!!! It’s my turn to win, damn it! ;-D

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I love that he has the most wins by a goalie drafted by the Leasts…. Tremendous. 

That is a delicious stat! During my time following the team, the Leafs is my favourite rivalry – even more than Montreal. Always a tasty game.