Habs’ utility forward Mathieu Darche has signed a one-year $700,000 contract with Montreal, which is only $2,550,000 less than what Andrei Kostitsyn signed for yesterday, but nevertheless, it’s still great money for a great job.
Darche is a no-frills, hard-working player, and every team has guys like him, those in the trenches getting it done, and whose hockey card is worth three cents and will always be worth three cents. And from time to time he pots a big goal and the crowd goes wild.
And being a no-frills type doesn’t take away from the importance. Because for every Guy Lafleur you need a Murray Wilson or Jim Roberts. Or to fill up space with other examples, the Rolling Stones had Bill Wyman in the shadows behind the Jagger/Richards act, Led Zeppelin had the unheralded John Paul Jones helping Robert Plant and Jimmy Page look good, and Archie and Jughead had Pop Tate keeping them from going hungry.
Darche tries to make the most of the few minutes he’s given each game, and he seems like he’s an absolute class act. He also had twelve goals last season compared to Scott Gomez’s pathetic seven, but I digress.
Welcome back, Mathieu.
The abovementioned former Stone Bill Wyman started having a serious relationship with his girlfriend Mandy Smith when he was 47 and she was 14.