Originally Posted by flex_buff_chest
I got it. It sounds like a generic quote picked out the "sportscasters guide to everything". The same quote applies to any enforcer who gets sick, any boxer/fighter of any sort or any other player who deals with any adversity at all. I have no idea if you actually mean what you are saying or you are saying it because it sounds good. I guess at end of the day it's impersonal and it bothers me.
That's exactly what every hockey player would say because they are too afraid to say how they really feel.
I think the truth is, in these situations, people don't really care. Maybe for a brief second they do but then reality sets in, just because this guy has MS the world doesn't stop. You still have bills to pay, family/work/friend issues that need to be dealth with...this won't be on most peoples mind in about 20 minutes.
I got ya. No, it's not a generic thing at all, and is quite personal to him specifically.
Having seen Harding get drafted and develop, the year he was set to challenge for a back up and even starting spot, he tears his hip up.
He fights back from that and in camp impresses enough to get another offer. In a preseason game against St Louis (I was at the game and knew it instantly) he gets fallen on, awkwardly, and tears his knee to shreds. Again, season over. Fast forward a year, he fights back yet again to get another offer from the Wild brass and last year, puts up very solid numbers to earn a 3 year deal and become the Wild goalie of the future.
Not often you find a goalie able to fight back from two severe lower body injuries like he did. He even gets rewarded with a multi-year deal.
As far as the impersonal nature of these situations, you're right to an extent. Is it going to affect my life to the point where I can't function? No. Is it going to be something we bring up and talk about when Harding retires early because of this? You bet. Is it something we'll talk about when Backstrom moves on and Hackett / Harding was slated as the tandem of the future, and it's now Hackett / xxx? You bet.