Monday, January 12, 2009

All-Star Voting is Complete, Christmas is Over, Time for Trade Rumors!

by Anne

We've all heard about Kovalchuck potentially being moved from Atlanta. He's an offensive superstar wasting away on a team that's ranked 28th in the league. However, in a move that most expected to come at the beginning of the season, the Thrashers have just NOW named Kovy their captain. Hard to believe he's only the fifth Russian born and trained player in history to be named captain of an NHL team. Does this quash the trade rumors? Does this mean Kovalchuk is happy in Hotlanta? Does this mean Don Waddell trades away the team's only legitimate star? Soupy was an alternate captain the month he was traded and captain only two months before that. I still say Kovy is moved.

Then there's his South East Division goal scoring hombre, Vinny Lecavalier. He's the team captain and just signed a DiPietro-esque 11 year contract extension that goes into effect this July 1. For the last few crappy Bolts seasons, there have been rumors that Marty St. Louis or Vinny were on the trade market, but for some reason this season the rumors are hotter than ever. The ever popular Vinny-to-the-Habs trade has come up yet again. Why in God's name would they trade him? I'm not saying that they won't trade him, because that genius parade running shop down in Tampa has done some pretty bone-headed things this past few months, but Vinny is their only superstar. If I lived in Tampa and there was no Vinny Lecavalier, who else would I go to watch? Marty "Don't Call Me Shortstack" St. Louis? He's good, but he's not the franchise player that Vinny is. Stamkos is floundering and probably should be back in Sarnia where he can gain some confidence, why wasn't he allowed to be in the World Juniors? That's beyond me. Basically, I don't want Vinny in Montreal because that just ups Montreal into serious contender status and that's bad for the Sabres. Bad bad bad.

What's the latest in trades for the Sabres? Darcy doesn't make splashy trades. Well, he gives away splashy but doesn't bring IN splashy. We could use Vinny up here! Tampa needs defense, right? I say Tallinder, Paetsch and a first rounder for Vinny. Who's with me?!

Another center that might be on the move is Jason Spezza. As much as I want a solid top line center for the Sabres, I feel like Spezza in Buffalo would be like that scene in Mighty Ducks when that kid who never appeared in any of the other movies called Adam Banks a "cake-eater" when he was forced to play for them when the divisional lines were redrawn and something about a lake being a cutoff point. I'm putting money on Royzie being the one to dish out that kind of smack talk.

Stafford for Kesler? As part of something bigger? That's the rumor from the unreliable Hockeybuzz.com. I love Kesler so if we were to lose Staffy it'd have to be for someone like Kes to avoid the onslaught of sadness. However, what would this "bigger" be, I wonder? If we got Kes, I'd want to keep him. What's with the Sabres trading with the Canucks all of a sudden? 1970 represent.

If Staffy gets traded, I have to say I TOTALLY CALLED IT. A month after that post, things are a little different and Staffy is producing more, meaning we'd get more a in a trade involving him than we would in a trade involving Pie.

Whatevs, I really love the trade deadline. It's my favorite hockey day of the year, followed closely by free agent day, opening day and the draft.

9 comments:

  1. Amen sista! Although, maybe they could ship Big Bear back with Kesler. Hmmm, that would be nice.

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  2. OK first, YEAH! 1970 represent! Now, if Kes gets traded for Staffy, I will cut a bitch. Not that I hate Staffy, but yeah no. Kes is just too rad. My sadness and disgust would be epic. Luckily, it's silly old hockeybuzz. On the plus side, I know Anne you would take of him for me.

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  3. It's funny what new ownership does when they get the keys. It's why Tampa is a mess right now (and may get worse), and why we wore black and red for a few years. I think compared to Tampa we got off easy.

    And if Spezza gets traded I'll be pumped. I doubt he gets moved, but he's the most likely. (Alfie has too good a contract down the line...)

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  4. Amen sista! Although, maybe they could ship Big Bear back with Kesler. Hmmm, that would be nice.


    oh big bear, we don't need another winger, but we can make an exception for you.

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  5. Now, if Kes gets traded for Staffy, I will cut a bitch. Not that I hate Staffy, but yeah no. Kes is just too rad. My sadness and disgust would be epic. Luckily, it's silly old hockeybuzz. On the plus side, I know Anne you would take of him for me.

    I would endeavor to care for Kes the way you've cared for Big Bear while he's been way over yonder. I don't think its going to happen, but trades are always exciting, even if it means losing some faves. :(

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  6. It's funny what new ownership does when they get the keys. It's why Tampa is a mess right now (and may get worse), and why we wore black and red for a few years. I think compared to Tampa we got off easy.

    haha, i'd say we got the better deal with that ownership change. we had a few good years in black and red. it remains to be seen if koules and barrie will produce good seasons in the near future.

    And if Spezza gets traded I'll be pumped. I doubt he gets moved, but he's the most likely. (Alfie has too good a contract down the line...)

    Yeah I'd say of the Big 3, Spezza has the most movable contract. there's rumors of Spezza to LA. I'm not sure if I want him to mingle with Matt Greene though... haha

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  7. When I saw that rumor about Stafford and Kesler I just about died. I love Drew, and I love Ryan about as much, so it would be a win-win-lose situation for me. Win because I get Kesler, win because Drew goes to my second favorite team, but lose because Drew would be in Vancouver. Oh well. I won't complain either way.

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  8. I had almost forgotten that the Thrashers didn't have a captain until I saw the news of Kovy getting the 'C' on his sweater. He IS the franchise player so I'm not really surprised. I'm with you on the fact he'll be dealt away nearing the trade deadline or on it, just like Hossa was last year.

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  9. I say Tallinder, Paetsch and a first rounder for Vinny. Who's with me?!

    No, no, no and a thousand times NO! Tallinder MUST stay. You can give away just about anybody else with Patches, but not Hank!

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