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Classy Grier's final game?

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08:23 AM ET 04.27 | Mike Grier, disconsolate and in full equipment 20 minutes after the Sabres season ended, answered questions with a heavy heart. You don't come across many people like Grier. He's a veteran leader and consummate professional, the kind of player you want on any team in any sport. It might take a few days, it might take longer, but the agony he suffered after the Sabres' 5-2 loss to the Flyers in Game 7 eventually will subside. On Tuesday, he was practically inconsolable. ... Grier made sure he was last in line as the two teams shook hands after the game. Briere was first in line for the Flyers and took his time talking to his former teammates before giving Grier an extended hug. Briere was headed for the second round. You couldn't help but wonder if Grier was headed for the next chapter in his life.

The Buffalo News

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April 27, 2011  08:58 AM ET

If hes still as good as the article states why wouldn't the Sabers go year to year with him?

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April 27, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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I'm sure Mike is a good guy, but I don't understand how any one can say he's "the kind of player you want on any team in any sport". He was a decent 3rd line forward with modest numbers (at best) that wound up with minus numbers as often as not. Didn't seem to be bringing a lot to the table in recent years.Good luck in the future Mike. Patriots fans remember your father well and he did a nice job raising a solid citizen.

There are some things that statistics just can't measure. I don't know much about the guy, but it sounds like he's a team player with a lot of heart. Never underestimate the impact that kind of guy makes in the locker room.

April 27, 2011  10:24 AM ET

I'm sure W2, Slappy and Birdy have some good memories of him playing for their teams.

I wonder if Chris Simon has picked out a nice retirement card?

April 27, 2011  10:46 AM ET
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I wonder if Chris Simon has picked out a nice retirement card?

You're assuming he can read unless he just chooses the one with the prettiest colors.

April 27, 2011  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I wonder if Chris Simon has picked out a nice retirement card?

Man do you have a long memory. The incident occurred in 1997 so I had to google that one. I dimly remebered a story about a North American Indian using a racial slur on a black player, but I didn't realize it was those two. Props to Simon though, he apologized face to face.

April 27, 2011  10:59 AM ET

Stay classy Mike

April 27, 2011  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm sure W2, Slappy and Birdy have some good memories of him playing for their teams.I wonder if Chris Simon has picked out a nice retirement card?

Actually, I sort of liked Grier. Not a superstar, but a good solid guy who earned his pay and played hard. Chris wasn't going to invite him to any Ojibwa parties on the reservation though. I liked Chris too and I had forgotten about all the racial animosity, if I ever knew about it in the first place. Can't say that I did.

April 27, 2011  11:45 AM ET

It seems like he's been in the NHL forever.

April 27, 2011  11:49 AM ET
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Actually, I sort of liked Grier. Not a superstar, but a good solid guy who earned his pay and played hard. Chris wasn't going to invite him to any Ojibwa parties on the reservation though. I liked Chris too and I had forgotten about all the racial animosity, if I ever knew about it in the first place. Can't say that I did.

It's always a beotch when you can't remember if you remembered. :-)

<and Thanks Slappy :-)>

April 27, 2011  11:58 AM ET

I think many of us in Edmonton appreciated his work ethic when he was with the Oilers. Whatever he lacked in talent was more than made up with his tenacity.

April 27, 2011  11:58 AM ET

What is this, The freakin View? Lets get Elisabeth Hasselbeck's opinion. Does the color yellow make you sad, you jackwagons!

April 27, 2011  12:13 PM ET
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There are some things that statistics just can't measure. I don't know much about the guy, but it sounds like he's a team player with a lot of heart. Never underestimate the impact that kind of guy makes in the locker room.

Yeah, that's exactly it. Plus he was indispensable on the PK for the Sabres. He always plays with a lot of heart. He's probably the most respected veteran on the team. I hope he's back next season.

April 27, 2011  12:14 PM ET
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There are some things that statistics just can't measure. I don't know much about the guy, but it sounds like he's a team player with a lot of heart. Never underestimate the impact that kind of guy makes in the locker room.

Yeah, that's exactly it. Plus he was indispensable on the PK for the Sabres. He always plays with a lot of heart. He's probably the most respected veteran on the team, and I hope he's back next season.

April 27, 2011  12:14 PM ET
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If hes still as good as the article states why wouldn't the Sabers go year to year with him?

They have. He's been a real trooper wherever he's played. Pure class through and through. But, yeah, it's time to hang them up. A body can only take so much abuse.

And, yeah, even though I knew the Flyers would prevail in the end, I was hoping for a miracle. Would've been great if the Sabres moved on to the second round.

April 27, 2011  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Actually, I sort of liked Grier. Not a superstar, but a good solid guy who earned his pay and played hard.

I agree. Injuries prevented him from reaching that higher level. But, whatever he may have lacked in skills, he more than made up for with heart and smarts.

April 27, 2011  12:20 PM ET

Boy, did that slow, ploding, lack of mobility, untalented, overrated D-man called Chris Pronger change the complexion of the game in favor of the Flyers in a big hurry!

Not bad for an overrated pylon that lacks talent and mobility, is it?

April 27, 2011  12:32 PM ET
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I'm sure W2, Slappy and Birdy have some good memories of him playing for their teams.I wonder if Chris Simon has picked out a nice retirement card?

I do. He started his career in Edmonton so I got to see him play lots. I remember one playoff series against Dallas, he had seperated shoulder which kept popping out, the guy never missed a shift. He was the ultimate team guy, hardworking and tough as nails. Whatever his future is you know he will show up for work everyday.

April 27, 2011  12:34 PM ET
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It's always a beotch when you can't remember if you remembered. :-)<and Thanks Slappy :-)>

Is that like a misremember....

 
April 27, 2011  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Is that like a misremember....

I don't remember.

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