The NHL trade deadline has come and go and you know what they say… the rich get richer while the poor… well, they stay poor.
The East has the New York Rangers to thank for keeping the top 1%. The Rangers are clearly throwing in the towel this year and getting ready for the years to come, by shipping their captain to the Lightning and one of the best power forwards in the game, Rick Nash to the Bruins. On paper it looks like they launched off the Hollywood Cliffs in Vail and had a complete yard sale, shipping what seems like their entire team (with the exception of Nash) to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It’s like a Seinfeld episode… the old East Coast Jews need a place to retire, and of course they go to Florida. But instead of ending up in places like Boca Vista, The Pines of Mar Gables, Leisureville, or some other stupid ass names retirement communities come up with, they ended up on top of the east with the Lightning. Captain defenseman, Ryan McDonagh will surely give Stamkos some competition for president of the HOA.
In addition to the Lightning, the Bruins ended up on top after the trade deadline. They became bigger, stronger, and faster with the acquisition of Nash, Gionta (who just signed a 1 year deal a few days ago so he could get his international spotlight in the Olympics) and Nick Holden. Man, if they weren’t already Massholy enough…
The top teams in the West have also gotten better. The Las Vegas Golden Knights acquired Ryan Reeves to add some muscle. The Wild trimmed some fat, getting rid of Chris Stewart. The Winnipeg Jets obtained one more piece to have the upper hand on the Avs and the other teams in the West, with the addition of Paul Stastny. Reeves is a huge addition to the Vegas Knights. They needed some toughness and grit, that’s what Reeves gives them. He is huge (and I don’t mean… you know what), and willing to take on anyone in a fight. This addition gives the Golden Knights the goon they need to make a playoff run.
I don’t need to go into detail on why it was a good move for the Wild to get rid of Chris Stewart. Back when he was on the Avs, Stewart was a power forward with the ability to both score and fight. Now all he is good for is taking stupid penalties and getting his ass kicked. Great move by the Wild.
Now onto the Jets… Since leaving the Avs, Statsny has been their kryptonite, so when I saw he was no longer on the Blues, I was stoked… until I noticed where he ended up, Winnipeg. Like Statsny, the Jets have had the Avs number for the past two seasons. Maybe it’s like math where 2 negatives equal a positive and the Jets and Stastny will no longer beat up on the Avs… Probably not, but as an Avs fan, I can only hope.
As a hockey guy, it seems like the moves made before the trade deadline should make for an electric playoff race and Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hopefully the playoffs can help spur some excitement for hockey because the Olympics sure didn’t…