Hey, I'm back.
Let me take a moment to thank Dupuis for all his help through the years. There's no question that what I will always remember about Dupuis is his work ethic. Despite often being the oldest player on the team, he was regularly the last player off the ice. He never was the fastest player or the best skater, but he always kept working on improving his craft, and that's an amazing attribute.
He also always handled things with class. As an example, when he was stripped of the captaincy this season, the type of occurrence that would have most players avoiding the media like the plague, Dupuis had no qualms talking about it and was insistent that he was all for the move, if it helped the Komets improve.
Is he the best defenseman in the history of the franchise? Normally, I am loathe to make such declarations, especially if they force me to compare players of different eras and different levels of hockey.
But I don't think there's an doubt he is the Komets' best blue-liner, and I'm all for the Komets retiring his No. 2 immediately.
He got it done in the old IHL -- AAA-level hockey -- and in the UHL, reincarnated IHL and the CHL, AA levels.
He was a prolific scorer late in his career, manning the power play and racking up a slew of points, but let's not forget that he was an ace stay-at-home defenseman in the old IHL and was given the task of buckling down on some of the best forwards in the world, and he did it well.
- I'm sure you've all seen it by now, but if not, look at the video with this post. That save by Tim Thomas might be the best one I've ever seen.
- As we await news on the Atlanta Thrashers' move to Winnipeg -- it's still not official -- let's remember that there is a local connection: Former Komets coach John Torchetti, who is an associate coach. Here's hoping that when the move becomes official, they do rename the team the Jets or, at least, give them the first name Winnipeg, not Manitoba.
- Just when I was about to acquire a new Red Wings jersey, this had to happen. I'm sad.
- Finally, remember, the CHL's season could be completed tonight: Bossier-Shreveport leads Colorado 3-2 in the best-of-seven finals. Click here.