|Jarmo finally gets rid of the other guy's players|
The Clarkson trade I can see. That's a hockey trade, where both organizations benefit. The Leopold trade was the right thing to do anyway, and his daughter's letter was the icing on the cake. Once again, that was a hockey trade. Jordan Leopold came in when we had a bunch of D-men hurt, and he provided good service. He was then frequently scratched, but handled himself like a pro. We owed him the destination that made sense for him and his family, and the Wild was that destination.
The Wisniewski trade doesn't make sense. Why get rid of him now, for less than he was worth? Could you have gotten more in the summer? Or do you think this draft is loaded enough clear to the bottom of the second round (doubtful if its THAT loaded) that it's worth it for an extra second round pick this year. It's hard to figure.
|Mike Reilly, the alternative explanation|
James Wisniewski has always played hard for the Blue Jackets. He has done the things that he was brought here to do, and the flaws in his game were known when he came. I wish Wiz well on the West Coast, and at this point I hope he is the latest Blue Jacket to be the 'last piece' to a Cup winning team.
I like the Cam Atkinson signing for two main reasons. First, is because he is a good player, and he's going to score some goals in the NHL. Second, because he serves to keep our young talent down in the developmental leagues until they can prove they can be better than Cam. If we have young talent coming up that can prove they're better than Cam, then that's a good thing for us. So I like that signing as part of trade deadline day.
On the home front, the CBJ are faced with ferocious tanking all around them. I guess we just need to keep up with the Joneses if we are to preserve an advantageous draft position.
Ultimately, there is one other message that Wiz's trade deadline deal sends. And that is the message that this year's results do not meet standards. The injuries are vast, and debilitating. There is a fine line between a reason and an excuse. But there have been long stretches where it is hard to argue that the guys on the ice have played well, in spite of the injuries. So the message is that the result is unacceptable, and that a price must be paid, no matter what. In that regard, Wiz may be taking one for the team again. But this is certainly not how we want to spend next year.