So you’re saying to yourself, I’m looking on the calendar and I don’t see any holiday listed on that day. Well, you have to look at a different calendar to see this holiday. It’s on the NHL calendar…yup, it’s Trade Day.
The days of the blockbuster trades maybe done, but I still find myself glued to the Trade Tracker from tsn.ca. As we approach that day, I started to think back to some of my favorite trade days and one immediately popped into my mind…March 23rd, 1999.
We had a bunch of Red Wing fans in my office and we had the radio going as well as the internet checks. Then we started to hear the Wings were making moves. They picked up Bill Ranford. Then they picked up Wendel Clark. Holy Smokes…everyone was wondering what was going on with Ken Holland, then we heard the words….Detroit picks up Chelios for what..nothing? For those youngsters who didn’t know Chelios back in the day..have no idea what an enemy he and the Blackhawks were to us Wing fans.
For that matter, Wendel Clark was another major thorn in Detroit’s side.
Although I think those days of blockbuster trades are gone, I’m still looking forward to see how the landscape is going to change after the “Canadian Holiday.”
What is your favorite trade that you remember?
Well, I’m not even going to touch where our picks have been coming out…….
It is that time…….the Stanley Cup Finals…..the one thing that the NHL does right…..I’ll had it over to Beer for his pick to start:
Beer:”So its Boston at Vancouver for the Stanley Cup. I guess I’ll throw logic to the wind and just go on emotion. I tempted to go with the original six team. Tradition and all. However, Canada hasn’t had a cup winner since Montreal in 1993. So despite my having referred to Vancouver as a flawed team, I gotta pull for the Canucks.”
So, what’s my pick? That’s an easy one. I’ve got to go for the Boston Bruins. You can call my pick anything from wanting an original six team to win, to my mancrush on Cam Neely to the belief that Vancouver is not the greatest team that all of Canada wants it to be….I just believe that Boston will win. I think the D-men of Boston are finally gelin’, I think they believe in themselves but also realize that it’s a hard work trip and I just believe it’s time for them. I also don’t believe this round will be any different then any prior rounds….Boston in 7!
As a side note, since Beer is letting me run the show this time, I just want to say that no matter how much of a joke the NHL may be at times. It is still the best damn sport. I mean, any sport where a player takes a shot off the old nose and comes back to play…I mean, come on!
Yet, LeBron James played with a cold…BLAH HA HA HA HA!
Also, as I and others have made the comment about what a joke local sports radio talk shows have become compared to satellite radio programs….I’m sorry, but American shows covering the NHL can not touch the Canadians. Beer had sent me this link and I got chills just from watching it. I have posted it for all to enjoy. Have an awesome Stanley cup finals everyone….yes, history will be made!
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