could have said no. Many of the teams looking for a goalie at the trade deadline were likely contenders. There’s almost no question any team he would have been traded to is projected to be more competitive over the next two years than the Vegas Golden Knights.
And he chose to stay.
Flower gave up playing the rest of his career with a contending team for one last run with the Penguins. There was no guarantee he’d get to play in the playoffs at all. Even so, he chose to stay with his friends for as long as possible.
Braden Holtby is the world’s best prom date. You’re in your taffeta gown and you answer the door and there he is in a pinstripe suit and shades and a cowboy hat, and you know you’re going to have the best fucking time at prom
Nate Schmidt shows up in a bright pink suit and pink tie
Justin Williams is wearing the nicest suit he owns, which isn’ much, and he’s driving his mom’s beat up old car
Ovi, Kuzy and Orly all show up in a limo, halfway to wasted, hanging out the top
Tom Wilson shows up looking spiffy with a rose pinned to his lapel and takes the time to charm your parents, while Andre Burakovsky and his girlfriend shout at him from the car to hurry it up
Your mom pulls you aside to tell you she thinks this TJ Oshie seems like a nice boy, but he totally texted you earlier to give you the lowdown on all the booze he has stashed in the limo
Nicky is really awkward and fumbles at his cuffs a lot and looks down at the floor when he talks to you, but when you finally dance with him he’s the best dancer you’ve ever seen
Bonus: Ovi is the one who spiked the punch, but Nicky is the one who stood in front of the table so no one would see
Nicky totally bitched at Ovi about it, too
“Alex, no.” “ALEX, YES.”
“well FINE you SHOULDN’T but if you’re GOING TO I’m not going tto let you get in trouble”
“You’re gonna get caught.” // “If you stand here and don’t move, I don’t get caught” // “I hate you sometimes.” // “No, you don’t.”