Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 06/30/11 at 03:57 PM ET
This year’s NHL trading season seems to feature a lot of odd dramas.
There’s the madness of Jagr-Watch (Is he in New York? At Wimbledon? Getting a mullet-blowout in Russia? Hiding under a coffee table somewhere?). And there’s Christian Ehrhoff and his negotiating rights banging all over North America for the price of 4th round draft picks, which apparently every team in the east has stockpiled for this purpose. (And I’d love to play the game “What City Will Ehrhoff Search the Real Estate Listings for Next?!” but I suspect/fear the Sabres will be the ones to lock him down. Buffalo real estate is cheaper than cheese.)
And then there’s the Ryan-Smyth-to-Edmonton (no, Calgary… no, Edmonton…) And it’s that deal between the Kings and Oilers that’s getting a new shot of drama today. From Helene Elliott, a series of Tweets about an “angry” Kings organization:
Colin Fraser, player Kings acquiired in Ryan Smyth deal, has unhealed fracture/cyst and will need surgery 4 months projection. Kings angry
Especially after Brule fiasco. Kings had intended to let Fraser compete for job, not buy him out. Neither can happen now
Smyth trade won’t be voided. Kings and Oil will try to work this out.
But likelihood of Kings and Oil trading again in future is, um, small.
Apparently Oilers’ medical reports said Fraser was healed. Kings’ personnel found otherwise.
An unhealed fracture that no one noticed? Sure, that makes sense.
What a circus.
With all this goofiness, the announcement of Peter Forsberg’s number being retired this morning is probably making him antsy to put his skates back on.
It is the silly season, after all. Forsberg pulling another comeback would be the perfect way to take this party to a whole new level.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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