Senin, 27 Juli 2009
Aaron Ward was a good soldier in his limited time with the Bruins. His contributions to the team will be missed. P.J. Axelsson, on the other hand, represented everything that's good about Bruins hockey. PJ played every position and in every situation when asked. He was relentless in going after loose pucks and tireless in his own end. His stats don't do his story justice. I just read that he signed a 4 year deal with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. Everyone knew that he wouldn't be returning with Boston at the end of the year. I'm just happy that he gets to go home.
PJ was the longest standing Bruin coming to the team in 1997, playing through some really lean years in 1999-2001 and soldiering on for last season's run. I mention the lean Boston years (2005? shoot me) because in those ugly stretches is was great to have a guy who was motoring 100% despite playing in lopsided contests with crooked numbers on the scoreboard and lazy teammates on either side of you.
For all his contributions over his Bruin career I will always hold a place in my hockey heart for what he did in the bad times. Every team should have a role player like PJ.