This is the kickoff of a new (and hopefully weekly) MYFO feature: the Random Internet Blog Trade Rumor of the Week. We at MYFO scour the hockey Ebays (or Eb’ehs, as they say up North) for the ridiculous, the preposterous, and the merely ignorant trade proposals floating around out there.
First up this week: Rumblings out of Tampa regarding the Lightning’s potential desire to trade Martin St. Louis. Any deal involving St. Louis, one of the top ten scoring threats in the league, would have to be a blockbuster, right? Tampa could re-stock their roster with 2 or 3 NHL-caliber players, or land a truly elite prospect or two. St. Louis is 32, and had a 100-point season in 2006-07, and makes a little over $5 million. A contender looking for the final piece of the puzzle, or a wealthy team looking to spark a turnaround (cough-Montreal-cough) would be thrilled to land St. Louis, I’d think.
Instead, reports have him being pursued heavily by Dallas, which is dangling…Marty Turco? Whaa? The whale-fucker? I can’t believe any sane Lightning fan would want that deal. So I checked around to see what Lightning blogs were saying about the rumor…only to find that there are apparently no active Lightning blogs. I have a feeling that Tampa ownership was throwing this out there to get a reaction from the fanbase. Mission failed, disastrously.
RIBT Rumor Number Two is actually an entire rumorsphere surrounding the Ducks. With Scott Niedermayer’s decision to play a little hockey again, the Ducks are in a bit of cap trouble for both this season and 2008-09. And if Teemu Selanne comes back, look out. In order to accommodate these two waffling geezers, the Ducks are going to have to ship out at least one hefty contract (i.e., Mathieu Schneider) and maybe two (Todd Marchant and/or Francois Beauchemin). Hey, nothing like dealing from desperation to start the ridiculous rumors flying!
I’d never heard of this site, but Girl with a Puck is a good name for a blog. Plus, chicks who dig hockey are cool by me. She proposes that Schneider could be moved for “some kind of miracle goalscorer.” That sounds like a bid for the Ducks to acquire Hockey Jesus. Hmmm, Schneider for Crosby, straight up? Doubtful. Now, if the Pens threw in another player, maybe. Sound completely ridiculous? Well, Eklund thinks there might be something to it, so it almost has to be sort of loosely connected to something that might possibly involve an event that could actually happen.
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