Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 02/28/12 at 02:30 AM ET
They say that the NHL Trade Deadline is at 3pm in the afternoon, but out here it’s High Noon. It is an especially cruel High Noon because, even after the waiting and worrying, you still don’t get to go out and confront anyone or anything. You sit and watch your online news source or wait for the phone to ring or prepare to make an announcement. Oh, I guess that last part is a kind of confrontation. So the GMs have that. The fans and the players don’t.
I was glad that the announcement of McGinn being traded to the Avalanche came while the team was still in the air. That would make for a smaller group to share the unsettling news with, instead of being alone or in a throng of questioners.
What about Sgarbossa and Connolly? I wonder where they were. I don’t suppose Sgarbossa will have to move anywhere right away.
James Livingston @JamesLivy: “Sad to see a great guy like #mikeconnolly get moved today… The guy will do big things! Good luck pal we’ll miss ya!”
Sena Acolatse @blackalatse: “Gonna miss my boy #mikeconnolly.”
Jimmy Bonneau @JimmyBonneau: “Sad to say bye to Conno! Toughest thing about the job is to see friends go! Wish you the best buddy the @WorcesterSharks will miss you.”
Oh dear…. this is where I pull back and stop thinking about them as boys and know that they’re adults and life goes on, wherever they play hockey. It isn’t like they’re packing a wagon and heading west never to be heard from again. It’s just a face moved from one box to another for fans: “on my team” to “not on my team.” For the players it’s a new setting with familiar challenges, some of the rules they already know, others they get to learn. Everyone wants it to work out because they all like to win.
So why do I have thoughts like “I hope they’re nice to him, I hope he’s able to thrive there, I hope the Avs turn into a good strong team… sort of… I mean, I don’t want them to be a problem but…”
That must be part of the worry programming, completely ridiculous. McGinn will be fine. He’s a Leo born in the Year of the Dragon. He’s set:
“It was an absolute shock,” McGinn said. “I had no idea that it was coming. But this is behind me now and it’s a good opportunity for me, and I’m looking forward to it. It sounds like I was on Colorado’s radar for a long time.” -Working the Corners
Of course it will knock a few hours or days off a fan’s lifespan, depending on how important Jamie McGinn was to that fan’s psychic village. Oh well, that’s life. Probably that lifespan will be shortened as much by a diet soda or processed cheese product. What was I going to use that time for anyway?
Their delayed flight home was complained about as a thief of time, but I think it was better to have that news delivered there. Also, I thought it was good for Todd McLellan not to jump right on a plane after being knocked out. I have these thoughts without any medical training. I am sure that having your body compressed and decompressed is not the best thing for most injuries. So that could have been a blessing in disguise. We got good news on that front today from Doug Wilson:
“He’s going to be fine,” Wilson said. “It scared all of us. When we first saw it, we weren’t sure what had happened. A lot of things go through your mind. I talked to his wife right away. But we’re very fortunate that he’s going to be OK.” -Working the Corners
Oh my God. Wilson sent away one of our baby dragons! This is too horrible!
Calm down. He’s not a baby. I’m sure he can breathe fire if he has to.
When I walked into Sharks Ice this morning, there were a few familiar faces standing along the glass watching Murray and Havlat skate. I nodded in the direction of the two players and said to the folks watching them: “well, that’s good news anyway.”
Nods, agreement, but not happy faces. Definitely a group in some degree of mourning.
I knew it was a possibility, a good possibility, that McGinn would be moved. He improved his trade value significantly before the team started to tank. Well, that’s something. Sometimes being valued is not all it’s cracked up to be.
In return for McGinn, Connolly and Sgarbossa, the Sharks received Galiardi and Winnick and a 7th round pick. That sort of made me feel better, seemed like a good return. I followed the new guys on Twitter but I couldn’t think too much about them. I needed a suitable period of adjustment to get used to the idea of them. I wanted to push the trade out of my head, didn’t want to wait for the whys and wherefores. It was done.
I needed to move on so I went to watch the Flyers practice. It was so reassuring to see them all out there, all of them, none missing. All the team photos don’t have to change at once, thank goodness.
Speaking of pictures…
Happy trails, McGinn. Oh dear. I guess I have to take him off my Twitter list of Sharks players? Do I have to?
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About Petshark: Talking Stick
Native of Northern California. Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.
I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle. I watch, I react, I write it down.
My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked. I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind. When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom. It hasn't, I don't think it will. At all.
Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.
I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.
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