It seems like every year the only time hockey really gets any attention outside of hockey fans, is during the trade dead line, playoffs and free agency.
Why is that?
I’ll tell you why, it’s because this is the only sport where drama can occur and us as fans can either point and laugh at the one’s who failed or praise the one’s who succeeded.
What do I mean by that?
It has occurred to me, that the hockey world is itching for a BIG trade to go down before the dead line. For example, yesterday Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets was reportedly going to the LA Kings in return for Jonathan Bernier and a bunch of other players that aren’t even worth mentioning. The trade didn’t make any sense, yet the whole hockey world believed the rumor. I’m not going to mention who started it, I think you can figure that out for yourself.
Then all of a sudden the LA Kings management came out and said there is NO truth to the rumor. Then the domino effect started, Rick Nash stopped trending on Twitter and everyone stopped talking about him. And of course everyone came up with their own possible trade scenarios, myself included.
Honestly, I get the Blue Jackets have a bad front office, but do you really think they will trade Rick Nash before the trade dead line? Think about it, why would they trade their franchise player to a bunch of teams who are looking to make the playoffs? When in the off-season, you have all 29 teams on the table?
It’s not like the Jackets are making the playoffs this season, they are LAST in the NHL, no need to rush shipping Nash out of town when you need a whole team rebuild, which 9 out of 10 times happens in the off-season.
But I get it, it’s what we do, we wan’t drama, we wants trades just so we can complain about them or praise them if they work out. And ever since the Flyers dropped a bomb last off season trading two players they built their team around, it seems as if we are all waiting for another bomb to go off, because we are spoiled!
What other sports in the four major sporting events, have this kind of hype around trade dead line and free agency? Football? Baseball? Basketball? HOCKEY!
This isn’t all either, after yesterday’s Nash bombing, there was another report that Minnesota Wild’s Marek Zidlicky was asked to waive his no trade clause (NTC) for New Jersey. About an hour passed, and the Minnesota Wild management denied the rumor. Again, not going to say who reported these rumors, but it came from a legitimate source, more legitimate then the Rick Nash rumor.
Try to bare with me on this article. I’m not saying the Kings didn’t offer the possible deal or that the Wild didn’t ask for Zidlicky to waive his NTC. Hockey GM’s have lied in the past and seem to still be lying, just to bury the media hype when trying to make a possible deal. I get it, I understand why they lie, they have to. Mainly because reporters out there will blow the story up and everyone will put their opinions into play, and the deal could die out or it puts a strain on players and teams. Especially teams who could be making a late playoff push.
I’m not saying I’m some saint here in the hockey world, I love trades and trade rumors as much as the next guy, but at some point reality has to set in and you have to sit back and think about the rumors you are hearing. Or else you will just sound ridiculous or feel lied to, and no one likes those feelings.
Until the next trade rumor….
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