This can be the best and worst time of the year for hockey fans. Sometimes the trade deadline is great when you manage to get a guy who really completes your team without much in return. If you’re a fan of a team out of the playoffs, it’s a sad time to see the big names on your team leave to clear up cap space for next season. I’m not a fan of teams selling everyone before the season is over. Maybe I’m just sentimental that way (or maybe cruel), but I like to see teams stick it out until the end of the season.
And if you’re a Stars fan… well this year isn’t fun. I’d love to wake up tomorrow and hear that Norstrom and Daley have been traded to Atlanta for Marian Hossa, but I don’t see that one happening. I certainly don’t want to to see Smitty leave the team. He’s way too valuable as a backup for the Stars to get rid of him. We no longer have the plethora of goalies waiting in the wings to take the backup position. I guess that’s another thing to thank my favorite ex-GM for. He let all of those goalies go, and we got basically nothing for any of them. Plus, if Marty were to get hurt at the end of the regular season or the playoffs (please please please don’t happen), I think the team is confident Smitty could lead them in the playoffs. I don’t see Stephan or any other goalie we could get being able to do this.
The newest rumor on Heika’s blog is that Jussi will be included in the trade to Tampa along with Smitty. This can’t be true… we sing part of the national anthem just for him! Brett Hull is going to go wayy down on my list of liked hockey players if this actually happens.
I’ll be in class until 2 tomorrow, so I’ll miss out on all the last-minute deadline deals. I hope my profs don’t mind me checking my phone for the latest NHL updates on Heika’s blog and TSN every minute or so.
Other news: David Legwand, a member of the classiest (trashiest?) team in the NHL got charged for a DUI earlier this week and should appear in court soon.
Thanks to all for the views and comments today. Hopefully you’ll stick around 🙂
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