By now, I’m sure you’ve heard all about the relocation rumors the Atlanta Thrashers have been enduring lately.
Here’s the thing: I legitimately like the Thrashers. They’re an adorable team that’s starting to go places, I think. BUT…if their relocation can help the Stars, I’ll take it.
Just think of all the possibilities…
1. Since the rumored relocation city is Winnipeg, the divisions will have to be realigned. The most logical thing to do would be to move Detroit, Columbus, or even Nashville to the East. That would leave an opening in the Central division that the Stars could move into. Then, Winnipeg would join the Northeast and Colorado would take our place in the Pacific. Of course, that’s not really fair to the Avs, but whatever. It”ll be their problem, not ours.
2. Being in the Central might be a little easier than being in the Pacific. You hear it all the time: the Pacific is the best division in hockey and blah blah blah. Well it’s true. After all, every Pacific team made the playoffs this season…except one. Le sigh.
3. Canada would get another team, and people would slightly tone down their bitching and moaning.
Sorry, Thrashers. But I think y’all pulled the short end of the straw.
So last night the rumor was that Kari Lehtonen was headed to the Stars in exchange for Ivan “Mini Zubov” Vishnevskiy and a fourth rounder, but it was hardly a rumor as we all knew it was true. Well it’s official now.
I was initially in denial over Vish going, but I’m over it now. My reasoning? Well…Vish was supposed to take over where Sergei Zubov left off, but that didn’t happen as Zubie left sooner than expected. Think about it, though. I think a lot of us believed him to be the next Zubov. And that, my friends, was our biggest mistake. We wanted something we’d never have. There is absolutely no replacing Sergei Zubov. You just can’t, and Vishnevskiy never would have been able to.
He already had unrealistic expectations put in him when he was drafted, and those have gotten bigger since Zubie left. It just wasn’t fair to do that to a kid. Chances are we would have been disappointed as fans when we expected Sergei Zubiv and saw Ivan Vishnevskiy. It’s a no-win.
As for Kari Lehtonen, he’s got potential. He’s been hampered by injuries, but he’s by no means bad goalie. I think this could be good, I really do. We’ve been stuck with small Turco who hasn’t done it for us, and now we have a big goalie. I’m very interested to see how this plays out…
But, wait! What about Turco? And Auld?
That, my lovelies, remains to be seen…
I tweeted this last night before the game as a joke. Now, it’s reality. The Stars lost again, and -you guessed it!- in the extra minutes. I don’t know what I can say that will make anyone feel better.
I will say this, Ondrej Pavelec is amazing. He stole that game last night. It could easily have ended 10-5, Stars. He went all Nabokov on B-Rad,a and stoned Loui on a sure-thing shot.
Turco and Auld? Ehhhhh…the opposite of good.
I really don’t feel like talking about it anymore…
Except! For this:
B-Rad was awesome last night. He made a good defenseman when he had to, but SOMEBODY (cough, cough, Turco!) blew it. Ouch.
Next up: the Red Wings. I’m not expecting anything great.