Although a part of me would’ve loved to see Stan Bowman go crazy at Monday’s trade deadline, adding 5-6 pieces that were only available in my meatball mind. I am content that he should pat, didn’t mortgage the future that they have built through the draft, and played with the hand he dealt himself at the start of the year. It’s a tough pill to swallow right now, knowing that the Wings, Preds and Canucks all got better last week. After looking back at the transactions, what was really out that was actually available at a price that Bowman would have been willing to pay, that would have truly made the impact that most people were screaming for? Jack Johnson, price too high. Rick Nash, I’d rather leave him rotting in Columbus with the size of that contract. Jeff Carter, why would we add someone to our locker room that Philly and Columbus couldn’t wait to get out of there’s? Wideman, no thank you.
Bowman knew going into the deadline that based on what was available, the impact he could make on this year’s team was minimal, especially since I’m guessing he knew that Tazer would be out longer than initially reported. With our defensive issues, inconsistent goaltending, and major injury to your best player, he did almost next to nothing, which was the right thing. Deal Scott for what you can get, trade for a puck moving defenseman to replace the fragile Hammer (which will keep O’Donnell scratched), bring some talent down Hwy 90, and live to fight another day (next year). We all know that the cup is not as in reach as it has been over the last few years, and it was definately not worth selling off the future you have developed in Rockford, to make a feeble attempt to try and salvage this year with an average team that although looks good on paper, has completely underperformed.