by Mike Chen on 01/22/10 at 03:20 PM ET
There are times when a superstar player leaves a team for greener pastures, and that team looks to fill the void by trading for a second-line player while promoting within the organ-i-zation. And it’s happened once again, as Hart Trophy candidate James Mirtle has left SBN’s From The Rink to go to the Cup-contending Globe & Mail. To take his roster spot, the following trade has been made:
To SBN’s From The Rink: Mike Chen
To Kukla’s Korner: Draft picks, cap space, and a few rolls of hockey tape.
(Anyone got the E number on that one?)
Now, there’s no way that I could take Mirtle’s spot by myself—I’m just a two-way forward, not a 50-goal guy. That’s why SBN will be calling up some talent from within the organ-i-zation, and I’ll be acting as the editor/manager overseeing a team of several bloggers. Our continuing mission: to provide new content and new opinion, to boldly go where no hockey blog has gone before. We’ll be doing a variety of things and we’ve got some very talented writers on board. All of that starts on Monday with the new iteration of From The Rink, so please swing by and check out the new digs when you turn on the computer Monday morning.
Now, this is the first part of the press conference, where I make my teary farewell to my old team before going to SBN’s arena and putting on the new jersey.
First off, I can’t thank Paul Kukla enough for this opportunity. Not only is Paul a consummate professional, he’s easy to work with, open-minded, and always supportive. There’s a reason why KK is the hockey site I visited most before I joined, and it’ll be the same way after I’ve left. I think just about any hockey person knows Kukla’s Korner, and to be associated with it for the past few seasons has been a privilege and an honor. I’ll miss being part of such an eclectic group of voices and opinions, and I hope to still inspire the occasional incredible rant by the Chief.
A big thanks to KK’s ridiculously huge readership and those that have taken the time to comment on my posts. We may not have always agreed, but at least you read them, and that’s all I can ask for. I’ll keep writing the same stuff on FTR, though you may see less of it over the first week or two as I try to get my hands around coordinating a bunch of bloggers and creating regular features. It’s been a hectic week to say the least.
With that, I’ll quietly exit stage left and allow Paul’s cap space to be made available for another blogger free agent. Good night, and good luck…and as Peter Venkman once said to Ray Stantz, “See you on the other side.”
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