Arnott, Horton and Graeme McDowellShareThis
June 21st. The longest day of the year, and more importantly, my Dad’s birthday. So happy birthday, Dad!
That’s the downside of living away from the family – birthdays (and events like Fathers Day) are never quite the same. Lookin’ forward to getting back to Kelowna in a month.
Soooo, stuff’s going down in the offices of hockey GM’s all over the country huh? I’m excited to see who does what with who when. Or something like that.
The Devils just picked up Jason Arnott, a player I’ve taken great pleasure in hating over his NHL career. (For absolutely no reason. Just don’t enjoy his style of play). Despite my lack of love for him, he’s a quality player to have in your locker room and lineup – big bodies with the ability to finish are a TRUCKFUL of dimes a dozen, so that’s great that the Devs are willing to put up that truckful.
At first glance, it seems odd that they’re interested in taking on a 4.5 million dollar cap hit before finding out if they can re-sign Kovalchuk and Paul Martin, but hey, what do we know? If anything, maybe we can infer that they’ll be trading somebody away to make cap space soon. Lou’s always got a plan.
So here’s my question of the day….
Why is Dale Tallon (supposedly) interested in trading away his team’s best assets? When you hear of a GM going to a team and wanting to shake things up, it boggles my mind when a name like Nathan Horton comes up.
Wouldn’t you expect that he’d be one of the core pieces you’d build around? What are the odds of any prospect developing into a player as good as him?
He’s 25 years old, 6’2, 230, has goal totals of 28,31, 27, 22, 20 (injuries the past two season limited him to 60ish games), and only makes $4 million a year. What more do you want from a player? He’s what you hope your draft picks develop into.
Do you want a younger guy that has a 15 year career ahead of him with a few year learning curve, or a guy who’s through the adjustment period and into his best years?
The problem is with the rest of the team, and every good team needs a nucleus to build around. He’s your nucleus. Don’t trade this guy away, Dale, and if you do, trade him to the Islanders.
The best of the US Open this year, by A MILE was the reaction by Graeme McDowell’s Dad after he won with a two-putt on 18. I could cry just thinking about it.
For the already likable McDowell, that moment pushed him over the top…. I’m a fan. (Incidentally, I’ve become a fan of Dustin Johnson too, but that … what’d he shoot, 83? on Sunday, for a guy they called an emotional ”flat-liner” was just a nightmare. US Open pressure must be fierce. I guess it’s like that at all majors, really.)
Jump to 3:45 to catch a quick glimpse of the moment… it was pretty special.
Short and sweet today. Hope everyone’s enjoying the summer heat, and hopefully the Leafs trade Kaberle so I can stop hearing his name ASAP.