Hi Gang, Sorry for not contributing much recently. I purposely avoided the Canuck/Bruin diatribe as it had been beaten to death by many far more articulate than me. That said, I couldn't believe the latest news to come out of Bruin land. First we have Ference's three-game suspension which doesn't come as much of a surprise given the reality check that team needs to take now that Campbell is no longer in the consequence dispensing business. The other is the "political stance" taken by Tim Thomas by not attending the team's meeting with President Obama. That one did take me by surprise. Personally, I don't give a crap as to what Thomas' political persuasion is, this was a team honour, meeting with the President. Thomas put his individual views on a higher plain than that of his team and I see no justification for that what-so-ever. Whether Thomas would vote for Obama or not shouldn't matter. He may want to portray this as a noble gesture but I see this as a cheap political stunt. From the outside looking in, this is typical of the entrenched political affiliations that seem to plague US Politics. I get that we are in the final stages of the four-year long campaign for the next Presidency and that some wouldn't change how they might vote no matter what the platform of the opposing party might be. That said, what the hell does this have to do with an election? A team based in the US won the Stanley Cup. The traditional Meet and Greet takes place and the only US born player on the team chooses not to attend because the President isn't from his party of choice. Grand gesture, my ass. No, I'll rephrase that - childish gesture, Thomas is an ass.