NHL Trade Thoughts

Here are my opinions on the following trades:

Detroit Red Wings send Patrick Eaves, forward, Calle Jarnkrok, forward, and 2014 cond. 3rd round pick to Nashville Predators for David Legwand, forward: Legwand waved his no-trade clause to join the Red Wings. Eaves has been a healthy scratch by the Red Wings in the past 5 games. The Red Wings need help with Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Weiss, and Clearly out with injuries. It’s not a trade that shakes the team the core, just adds a body that is needed with the “superstar” players out.

Florida Panthers send Tim Thomas, goalie, to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Dan Ellis, goalie: Thomas is having a rough year, but then again, he also took a year off. I think the Panthers win this trade. If the Panthers stick with Luongo, they have two goalies who could be starters or at least a starter and a back up.

Columbus Blue Jackets send Marian Gaborik, forward, to L.A. Kings for Matt Frattin, forward, and some 2014 draft picks: I enjoyed Gaborik playing for the Rangers and really thought them letting him get traded to the Blue Jackets was a mistake. When Gaborik is healthy, he can be a beast on the ice. The L.A. Kings need help scoring and Gabby should be just fine doing/helping with that.

Vancouver Canucks send Roberto Luongo, goalie, and Steven Anthony, forward, to the Florida Panthers for Jacob Markstrom, goalie, and Shawn Matthias, forward: To be honest, I don’t know enough about Markstrom to say anything about him. Luongo has been on and off for a while. Maybe a new team and new teammates will do him good.

St Louis Blues send Jaroslav Halak, goalie to Buffalo Sabres but he doesn’t stay long. Washington Capitals send Michael Neuvirth, goalie, and Rostislav Klesla, defense, to Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, goalie, and 2015 3rd round pick: The Caps goalie situation will be interesting. Branden Holtby is their starter so the rest of the season could be testing to see who the starter is for the 2014-15 season.

Marion Gaborik Scores Again

Those of you know that know me, know I’m a hockey fan. Hello, the boys at the station call me The Hockey Maven when they’re not calling me The Rock Goddess and of course, when they’re not calling me either of those, they’re probably call me The Ill Asian Wind, but I digress. So while I was at the Charlotte Checkers game last night, my DVR was recording an amazing New York Rangers game.
Marion Gaborik who joined the New York Rangers last season has been the reliable scorer for the team. I would say he carried the team in the 2009-2010 season along with goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Many Blueshirt fans and hockey fans wondered how the team would do when Gaborik (aka Gaby) went out early in the season with a shoulder injury, but the Rangers gathered themselves and the goals poured forth from the likes of Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky. Those 2 are currently out of the lineup now due to injuries.
Gaby went into last night’s game in an 8 game goal drought, but last night changed it all. He returned form as the Gaborik fans of the Rangers loved and loved to watch.

He returned to the Gaborik I loved to watch play. And did I mention, he got a hat trick? It’s his 3rd of the season! Welcome back Gaby! Welcome back!

By the way…the score: Rangers 7, Leafs 0

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