Ovechkin Traded

5-hole.comContributor IAugust 2, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 11: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals waits for a faceoff against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinal  Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on May 11, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alexander Ovechkin has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper.  Matt Pettinger was also dealt  to the Wings.  Apparently, this trade occurred on October 15, 2006 and none of us knew about it!  In fact, many reputable sources still have them on the wrong teams almost three seasons later.

All kidding aside, this is a screen shot of NHL07 on the PS2 over at 5-hole.com headquarters.  Because I decided to buy a Wii, I am stuck with this fairly crappy–when compared to the XBOX 360 and even the old Sega games–game.  As I do most seasons, I updated the Rangers’ roster to match the current one and started a new dynasty.  Comically, Wade Redden doesn’t suck and my created Brandon Dubinsky has won multiple fights!

Anyway, I start the season and play the first few games when suddenly I get an email from the league with the subject, “Trade Summary.”  For those of you who don’t play the EA Sports NHL games very often, these trades are generally just swappings of mid-level players.  I was just so curious to find out who decided to make a trade just a week or so into the season that I had to open the email.

NHL07 trade

It goes without saying that I was shocked to see that the Capitals and Red Wings decided they needed to exchange the respective faces of their franchise.  I mean, you’d think that EA would program certain players to be untradable, right?  Imagine Sidney Crosby being traded to the Rangers for Henrik Lundqvist, or Evgeni Malkin being traded to the Kings!  Unheard of!

So what do I do now?  Do I continue playing in a world where Alex Ovechkin is the face of the already powerhouse Red Wings?  Do I go into the roster settings and undo the trade?

I have a great idea!  Someone should donate an XBOX 360 and a copy of NHL10 to us!  It’ll only cost you about $360 plus tax and shipping.  We have a couple hundred readers so if just a hundred of you donate just $4, you can help us bring you guys, our beloved readers, the best possible hockey gaming experience.

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