Kind of puts a damper on Dustin Byfuglien’s off-season Stanley Cup party, don’t you think?
The big lad, along with Brent Sopel, Ben Eager, and prospect Akim Aliv were dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers for entry draft picks numbers 24 and 54, along with Marty Reasoner and OHA player Jeremy Morin.
Why couldn’t Montreal make this deal? The Habs have similar draft picks – 27 and 57, and we could have thrown in the Kostitsyns and Marc-Andre Bergeron, plus VIP seats at the Just For Laughs Festival. The Kostitsyn’s would have loved Chicago, what with Al Capone and Frank Nitti and the Untouchables all having lived there at one time.
We could’ve used Big Buff in a Big Way. Damn. I’d heard rumours that Chicago might move him but I didn’t really take it seriously considering what he did for his team in winning the Cup.
I think Chicago just screwed themselves and it’ll be another 49 years before they win again.
It’s all about money, of course. Creating cap space and all that, most of which I don’t understand because if you ever saw my high school math marks, you’d know why. So in my pea brain way of thinking, getting rid of one of the purest power forwads in the league, and they don’t come around often, doesn’t compute.
Oh well. It’s good. The Hawks are weakened and if Montreal meets them in the finals next year, I see no problem whatsoever for the bleu, blanc et rouge.