Call me the amazing Kreskin's long lost brother. No less than 24 hours after suggesting/implying/predictions some major on-ice changes were coming, Burke announces his blockbuster trade, finally heeding my advice, something I had called for when Burke himself landed.
Despite some pretty consistent and satisfactory play this season, it was time for The Leafs to depart with Matt Stajan. Keeping in mind, we had discussed earlier in the season that someone needed to punch him in the eye and steal his girlfriend in order to be of any benefit on a Burkian team.
As we all know, and wished for - wow - Burke offloads both Blake and Toskala... for JP Giguere. I had suggested/implied/predicted quite a few stories ago the latter was available.
Ian White will not disappoint Flames fans, and Hagman will continue this season to do well on the scoresheet and together with pluggers Mayers and Stajan now get to play on and benefit from an admittedly winning team, though one also having a roller coaster season, due to an inability to finish. Calgary media will relish the fact Mayers had called for his own exit, as if they'd plucked a gem, redeeming their long-ago but so impactful Gilmour trade.
On the flipside, Calgary fans are saying goodbye to stalwart defenseman and all-star Dion Phaneuf, basically because management decided they couldn't afford his services. I doubt Sjostrom is going to make a huge positive impact upfront in the short-term, with his whopping six points this season - but likely better stats than Wallin - as Burke is clearly making way for an injection of Marlie.
However, with Mayers gone, I hope Overhill is going to truly provide a terrorizing and very entertaining fourth line - maybe our own version of The Bash Brothers, and other dynamic duos over history.
I wonder if Kessel had a hint of this action prior to the Vancouver game. After all, he seemed to be playing with a certain, how you say, swagger. He goals set the stage for what could've been a great game. But it was lost... by whom? Mayers.
So, here we go. The next level. Of course, there'll be more announcements, and more opinion to deliver in the next few days. Geez, more exciting than a Leafs game.
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