Well, it's that time of year again...time for another Great Chicago Fire Sale. It's always sad to see an original six team struggling like the Blackhawks are. They've already moved Bochenski, Smolinski, and would probably even deal Gore Verbinski if they had his rights. Or if he was a hockey player.
There are a number of theories floating around about why Chicago is perenially in the basement, but I think it can all be traced back to one serious jinx:
It's hard to come back once you've been Belush'ed.
In other trade news, it looks like Buffalo is officially putting ALL their eggs in Ryan Miller's basket. They've sent Biron to Philly, and picked up a new backup for Miller.
Wait a sec, Ty Conklin? That Ty Conklin?
Yes. That Ty Conklin.
You can practically feel the chill running down the collective spines of the city of Buffalo...and rightly so. A backup for an all-star goaltender only needs to be able to do one thing: hold the fort and finish a playoff game in the event of an injury to the starter. I know what you're asking yourself. By "hold the fort," does he mean "vacate the net so Rod Brind'Amour can pot an easy layup for the game winner?"
No. No I do not.
Seriously, that is a mind-boggling move. It's times like this when I'm extra glad to be a Devils fan. Trade deadline day is the one day a year when I will cop to the Devils being boring...they're almost never involved in any of the blockbuster deals. The one exception being 2003, when Lou sent two-thirds of the A line packing...and we all remember how that turned out:
OK, well, I remember. Most of you probably weren't watching.
For all of today's exciting trade deadline action, check out TSN's soothingly graphical Trade Tracker.
UPDATE: Looks like the Pens are loading for bear...grizzled vet Gary Roberts, fistic winger Georges Laraque, and 3 PM is still hours away.