To CAR: Tuomo Ruutu
To CHI: Andrew Ladd
So…hmm. This trade is really fairly even, except in terms of age and immediate (as in “over the last ten or so games”) benefit. Tuomo is 25, which isn’t bad but isn’t great either. But the trade did kinda need to be made–I mean, our second-line center is Trevor Letowski; do you really think that will last much longer? I don’t.
So yeah. Scouting reports from my friends in the Western Conference leave me skeptical–Ruutu is a bit injury-prone, and he has a reputation for being a bit dirty; two things that will reduce his half-life here by a fair amount if they continue–especially the dirty part. Hard-hitting is one thing. Standing up for yourself is one thing. But being a cheap-ass bastard is uncool. However, I will give him a few games to see what he can do for us.
In other Divisional news: the Channelside Drive Boatlift continues as Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist are the latest Bolts to flee the tinpot dictatorship of Fidel Tortorella; they head to Dallas for Mike Smith, shootout specialist Jussi Jokinen, and Jeff Halpern. The Capitals have traded a second-rounder to the Habs for Cristobal Huet, which makes me wonder what if anything the Caps have planned for Olie Kolzig. Team rivalry aside, I like Olie and I would hope that GMGM will allow him to finish out the season and retire a Cap.
And Wade Belak has been shipped to Florida for a fifth-rounder. That poor bastard, he must have really pissed off Chairman Mo to get exiled to Florida hell like that.
Canes and Devils throw down at the RBC tonight at 7:00. Y’all have fun with that, I’ll be flat on my back yet again, dosed on painkillers and listening to ChuckandtheletterK.
CAVEAT: If this post sounds like I am making even less sense than usual, I blame the flu. I’ve been fighting it and an opportunistic generic URI all weekend.
That said, here’s the deal:
Pretty nifty trade thar, Jimmy–especially if the Dread Pirate Stiller winds up coming back in July (which he might–that’s the only reason I can see for him waiving his NTC). This trade is effectively an announcement that any playoff run will (barring a miracle) be short, but I can live with that if it means the team actually does wind up getting better long-term. There are a couple bandwagon-hopping “only cheer for the team when they’re at the top of the conference” smacktards on X Random Messageboard pooh-poohing the trade as “too little too late” and whining that we got robbed, but whatever. Corvo is roughly the same age as Commodore with a few more brainfarts but better puck skillz. Eaves is a not-bad forward who can pot a couple goals here and there (not that he’s scored on us a few times or anything) and who plays with a little reckless abandon.
And Corvo pwnt the Slugs in the playoffs last year–and anything that makes the ASBOs unhappy makes me happy.
So far so good. But I guess some
rubes people just won’t be happy until the whole team is traded for nothing but draft picks and we deliberately tank the season in a futile attempt to get the #1 pick, which JimR will blow on drafting a fourth-string goalie from the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
And of course, I missed it cos I was at work. Story of my life, kids.
Anyway–the big news of the day (if you were a Caniac) was a two-parter:
1) JimR did about what people expected him to do: nothing.
2) Aaron Ward found himself traded at the request of Jaromir Jagr–to Boston.
The latter is of some interest to me personally, because of course my favorite player is a Ranger. Well that, and I’ve had fun taking shots at Jagr ever since he played for Your Nation’s C
rapitals. Word round the campfire is that AWard showed some sack and stood up to the Kladno Knucklehead after said knucklehead took the veteran defenseman to task for allegedly making a defensively sound play rather than simply acting as a pitching machine for the team captain and the rest of the NY Czech Mafia’s K-Rad Foward Krewe.
gg AWard–enjoy playing in Beantown for the only other owner in the NHL besides Bill Wirtz who doesn’t want to win a Cup. Jagr je holka!
As for us:
I really don’t see that there was anything JimR could do, thanks to folks like Don Waddell et al. overpaying for guys like a shattered Todd Bertuzzi and Keith Tkachuk. Keep your order in your mind and your money in your hand, Walt. The folks at the Varsity are there to serve you after every practice.
At least Ray Whitney didn’t get traded–which means that, despite the hopes of some “fans” to the contrary, the ‘Canes aren’t even close to packing it in this season.
Hope. Gotta love it, don’t you?