Neidermayer hurt the team leaving. Parise hurt the team leaving. Holik hurt the team leaving. Gomez hurt the team leaving. Lemieux hurt the team leaving.
Neidermayer helped himself leaving.
Martin helped the team leaving.
Gionta - mutually beneficial exit. Rafalski mutually beneficial exit. Mogilny mutually beneficial exit. - These guys were doing NOTHING on the team except gettign frustrated and unhappy and there was no way out of that for any of them. Gionta was the cleanest exit because he did no harm at any time. Rafalski was sad because nothing declined for either side - Just with Stevens gone his role was gone and he couldn't fill the vacant roles to his own high standard.
Holik hurt himself leaving. Gomez hurt himself leaving. Lemieux hurt himself leaving. Parise - the jury is still out on.
Holik still drives me nuts. He resists appearing to have any kind of imagination and yet his is HUGE! He makes up his mind what's logical even though his intuition screams the wisest choice. And because he senses he's wrong he always couches what he says leaving room for a graceful backpedal. He has stupid pride. Stevens just has humiliating pride (isn't that a cute dichotomy? He's so adorable. That goodness his mother trained him to be well at easy with his own adorableness) Holik has damaging pride. So annoying to be witness to.
I'm bored. Our team kind of bores me. Everyone is so blah besides Clarkson. I wish Lou liked vanilla just a tad less. Thing of it is he doesn't like vanilla - he likes the idea of it. but then when it's all dull and ineffective at the end of the day he's all wondering why he's so unsatisfied with this stupid vanilla he worked so hard to make. He likes nuts sprinkled on top - but it's so hard to find good nuts! Real nuts - not candy coated crap they sell in the sundae section. No one wants to risk getting their nuts roasted is the thing - and those are the best kind!