It's been real. Stay cool, Boris.
From the Blueland Chronicle on the night of March 24, 2008:
I really don't understand what everyone is complaining about vis-a-vis Boris Valabik. I thought he was immense in that last game against the Caps; he fights and pushes and he's the size of a mastodon. I think he might well be a fine addition for next year. He'll need some serious preparation and conditioning given the disparity in style between the Thrashers and the Wolves, but I think this summer should be enough time to prepare, even if he joins the Wolves in their run for the Calder Cup. I like you Boris. Come and stay a while. Wreck a guy or two...
Thought experiment: what if we sign Jason Smith and he and Valabik play on a line together next year?
HAHAHAHAHAHA. Jeezus, your editor was so naive. Not so much on Valabik (I don't regret giving the guy the benefit of the doubt at the beginning) but on Smith. True story: I once got Jason Smith's agent on the phone. That was hilarious.
From the Blueland Chronicle on the morning of September 29, 2009:
I really don't know about this Boris Valabik. His greatest asset, people keep telling me, is his size. Observable reality tells us he rarely uses this size in a constructive, non-horrendous-penalty-taking manner. It's obvious he can't clear the puck or make good passes (though we're also told he secretly has a hellacious slapshot, which we never see). I'm not trying to be cruel to the big fella (why would I do that? Why, if I ever approached Boris Valabik personally and said "What ho, Boris Valabik, why do you suck so much and what is it like, sucking so much?" he'd probably give me a thorough head-bending, and he'd be right to do it) but REALLY WHY IS HE HERE?
And my tune hasn't changed much since.
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We wish the Badger of Bratislava the best of luck.