Real Life: Montreal Canadiens do nothing (except for, of course, the firing of Guy Carbonneau)
HF29 of Four Habs Fans said:
"If I were Bob Gainey, I'd stick my finger up my ass and not do anything. We are not in a position to win a cup with the addition of a rent-a-player, we are about to lose half our team to free agency this summer, and we can't dump all our great prospects who will be replacing the UFA's. So I'd go find a beach that has no Blackberry service."
No reports available regarding digital penetration, but Gainey mentioned that he canceled his trip to Florida once he realized that his coach's execution was imminent. So Four Habs Fans nailed this one pretty impressively.
Real Life: Ottawa Senators trade Antoine Vermette for Pascal Leclaire and a second round pick
Dany Heatley Speedwagon from Scarlett Ice said:
"If I were the Sens GM right now... I'd start filling out job applications."
DHS might be more right than we can know. That being said, getting Leclaire might be worth the risk but the second round pick makes the move more salvageable. So much for the Sens becoming less of a big salary no depth team, though.
Real Life: Boston Bruins trade three prospects in two trades that brought in Steve Montador, Mark Recchi and a second round pick
Evan from Stanley Coup of Chowder rightly predicted that Manny Fernandez would not be moved and the Bruins would not trade for Erik Cole or Keith Tkachuk. He didn't predict the mid-level moves, but let's just say 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
Real Life: Buffalo Sabres shuffle second round picks, move Ales Kotalik and acquire Mikael Tellqvist to give Patrick Lalime a backup while Ryan Miller heals up.
Vance from Bangin' Panger said:
"1. Trade Maxim Afinogenov for anything...anything at all. At this point, I would accept "Future Considerations."
2. Trade Nate Gerbe, Drew Stafford, & a 1st for Olli Jokinen, Derek Morris, and a 3rd. Oh wait, that's too serious.
3. Sign Tim Connolly. Then in turn, announce that the "Future Considerations" is in fact the purchase of a Chinese facility which genetically engineers single body parts for the recently signed Tim Connolly. Win - Win situation."
This trade rumor mongering is too much for me, Let's leave it to the experts...like Eklund."
The Sabres could not find a bag of pucks for Afinogenov and didn't make a big splash trade, but they did sign Connolly to a contract extension. One of our three ... isn't awful? This is why I'm not the next "Weird Al" Yankovic. Though I do love puns.
Real Life: Brian Burke makes very few changes with the Maple Leafs, except for that wacky trade that brought in Olaf Kolzig. The one "real" trade was Nik Antropovto the New York Rangers for a second rounder and a 2010 conditional pick.
While Loser Domi of Pension Plan Puppets spoke of boozing, while Bitter Leafs Fan said the Leafs should have a fire sale.
Just about everyone was fooled by crazy old Burkie's "move" but few were surprised by the Antropov trade.