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Goodbye, Noah

So, as expected, Noah Lowry is gone. *sniffles* From here:
In another move that was expected but might carry some emotional weight, the Giants cut ties with popular but injured pitcher Noah Lowry by declining his $6.25 million club option for 2010 and placing him on outright waivers.
The Lowry move ends a sad saga for the Giants and the 29-year-old left-hander. A first-round draft pick in 2001, he became one of the team's most popular players and led the team with 14 wins in 2007, when his season was curtailed by arm numbness. He has not pitched since then, but agent Damon Lapa said Lowry now is "completely healthy" and throwing three days a week.
I hope he does well wherever he ends up.

I'm always skeptical when I read stuff about Petr being angry. Sulky? Yes. Grumpy? Yes. But angry? It's just hard for me to imagine. Apparently he was "fuming" about being scratched for a game. The Minnesota beat writer was like WTF the team is struggling to score goals and you scratch the goal scorer? :P

Anyway, he's gotten much more... cuddly in recent years. He throws his arms around someone's neck (usually someone who's tall, so he has to LEAP) and clings to them for a while. Or if it's Sidney Crosby, he would nuzzle his neck. Or if it's Marty he leaps on him and wraps his legs around his waist... It's a good thing his teammates generally love him.

Sykora, one riled Wild, takes it out on Rangers
Still fuming after a healthy scratch one game ago, he got the scoring started and added an assist for good measure.

By MICHAEL RUSSO, Star Tribune
Last update: October 30, 2009 - 11:46 PM

Wild boss Todd Richards hoped Petr Sykora would prove he made the wrong decision.

Come in with the "attitude of sticking it to the coach," Richards had implored Thursday.

Friday night, the veteran winger not only stuck it to the coach, he just might have stapled a message to his tie: "Don't scratch me again."

A motivated Sykora, one game after being assigned a pressbox seat against Nashville, scored a goal and assisted on Eric Belanger's goal during the Wild's 3-2 victory over the injury-riddled New York Rangers.

"Talking to Petr, you're trying to tell him, 'You're going to be all right. Stay positive,' but it's tough. It's not an easy situation for him," said Belanger, Sykora's car-pool companion. "I had a feeling something good was going to happen. It did, and hopefully it gets our line [with Martin Havlat] going."

Sykora, one of three current NHL players to have scored 20 or more goals in 10 consecutive seasons, registered his first two-point game since Jan. 28. But afterward, the still-stung Sykora said, "I don't want to talk about [being scratched], seriously. I'm happy we won a game."

Antti Miettinen scored the winner on his first goal of the season, Mikko Koivu had two assists and Niklas Backstrom made 18 saves as the Wild, which didn't trail in a game for the first time this season, improved to 4-1 at home. Tonight, the Wild looks to end its 0-8 road record in Pittsburgh.

It was a solid all-around game for the Wild, which was playing a struggling Rangers team devoid of Marian Gaborik, Sean Avery and Chris Higgins.

For a change, Richards circulated the ice time evenly, even giving enforcer Derek Boogaard a regular shift in the third period. After the second, Richards told his assistants, Mike Ramsey and Dave Barr, "So this is what it feels like to be up by two."

Added an appreciative Backstrom with a giggle, "It was a new situation for us."

Richards said before the game he hadn't talked to Sykora about why he was scratched, but recent video work made it evident to him. Richards wanted a player more committed to playing defensively and driving the net.

After Sykora did just that Friday, Richards said: "I think Petr had something to prove. ... We need more from him."

Late in a scoreless first period, Sykora picked defenseman Matt Gilroy's pocket and sent the puck behind the net. Andrew Brunette hustled and slid a pass to Koivu, who completed the tic-tac-toe to Sykora.

But Rangers callup Dane Byers, who had hopped out of cab minutes before gametime because his flight arrived late, tied the score at 1-1 with his first NHL goal.

The Wild got the lead back after Sykora tiptoed the blue line to keep play onside. He threaded a pass for Havlat, who sent a picture-perfect, backhanded pass to a driving Belanger for his third goal. For Havlat, it was his first point since Oct. 8, ending a seven-game drought.

"Anytime I got the puck or Bella, Marty was there to support," Sykora said. "It's just a matter of time before he gets a couple bounces and scores a lot of goals."

After Koivu forced a Marc Staal turnover late in the second, Koivu made a dazzling drop pass underneath defenseman Dan Girardi for Miettinen, who gave the Wild its second two-goal lead of the season and first since Oct. 10. Staal cut it to one in the third, but Richards was pleased the way the Wild protected the lead.

"We managed the game well," he said.

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Aw, fare thee well, Noah.

Is it weird of me to kind of hope maybe he ends up in Arizona, so he and Danny can be all BFFy or something? :P

Oh man, that would be so incredibly awesome!!! And I'd get to see him fairly often. The NL West is collecting all of my favourite pitchers. :P

Me too. :-( *clings to him*

Awww. I'm sorry about Noah...I hope he stays in the NL West or even the AL West so you can still see him in SF or Oakland.

Aww thanks, yeah that would be nice. :) I'm just happy if he's healthy and back to his old self again.

. . . I can't imagine angry Petr. I also can't get past sulky or grumpy without starting to laugh!

That's my reaction too. It's like... Spezza being furious!

I watched a replay of the Wild-Rangers game in a half-asleep stupor late at night on the NHL Network. Totally saw someone jump and cling to Belanger after he scored, thought I imagined it, then realized that it must have been Petr.

Also, I thought I'd reached the acceptance stage a while ago with the whole Noah Lowry thing, but I am a little sad now that he's officially gone. :/

He's gotten really clingy in his old age! Did you see the close up of his Stanley Cup ring? They were trying to show how blingy it was, but all I could really focus on was his hairy knuckles. :(

There's a difference when it becomes official. :( If the Giants were in desperate need of pitching, they might have taken another chance on him in spite of what happened, but with Timmy, Matty, Zito, Sanchez, Joe Martinez, Bumgarner around...

I'm still waiting on Mulder to make his comeback from injury, so I don't have too much good will to spend on Noah, but I do hope he manages to stay out West.

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