The trade deadline has been a media frenzy for years. The Iginla trade was a big a deal as I can remember in the past few years. I love the deal. The Pens have added a class act and a great player without giving up a player from this year’s roster. Clearly, they are going for it this year.
I think this whole trade-for-the-missing-ingredient thing started in 79-80 when the Isles traded for Butch Goring. He was the piece that put them over the top and helped them win 4 straight cups. In his second season with them, Butch won the Conn Smythe in the playoffs. He was a colourful a character as anyone who ever laced up a pair of skates…er, buckled up a pair of skates (he used buckle-up skates, not lace up skates).
I’ll write another post on him sometime soon – he’s worth one of his own.