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The Unlikely Hero Written by chriscmb - June 30th, 2010

After being down 3 games to 1, I thought my season was coming to a close. But we knew that if we could get to a game seven we would have home ice advantage. The 4-3 overtime victory was bittersweet in that we lost one of our top Centermen, Anthony Stewart, to injury. Were it not for the play of Graham Mink throughout the playoffs, we definitely wouldn't have won game seven, and probably wouldn't have gotten past the second round.

Mink who was a waiver wire pickup mid season, lead his team in scoring and finished tied for 2nd in playoff output. His 9g and 12a in 23 games shattered his season totals of 4pts in 24 games. Some would say it was perfect timing for Graham who is slated to be a UFA shortly after hoisting the cup. But with only Morrow and Redden as possible loyalty signings, Mink may be back in a FLA uniform next season and for the near future.

Another major midseason addition was the acquisition of Ben Bishop. It's not hard to imagine a 6'7 goalie being able to stop a lot of shots but to take over the starting position from two goalies who averaged a .907 save percentage and a 2.52 gaa was totally unexpected. To think that he only cost a 6th and a 7th round pick!

Bishop finished the playoff with a 13-5 record, while posting a .910 save percentage and a 2.56 gaa. Good enough for second place, behind only second place team netminder Tuukka Rask.

I know it's just a farm league championship but it feels great. I sailed through to the finals without much GMing needed. But in the finals, I was constantly juggling lines and changing settings. It feels great to be a part of a championship team and look forward to duplicating the same thing in a couple years with my pro roster. Hell, you may even see a few of these champs on that roster as well.

Thanks everyone, especially the commish for a helluva good season and some really exciting hockey in the final. Can't wait for the new season to begin!

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Congratulations on a great playoff run! As much as I hate to lose, the better team took home the trophy.

Written By: habsfan93 (2010-07-09 10:40:00)

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