<table width=75% align=center><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" style="float: left; padding-right: 4px;">Sometimes The Best Trades Are The Ones You Don’t Make
It was hard not to chuckle as Pierre McGuire said it. The Vancouver Canucks were the losers at this year’s trade deadline? Reallllly?
Well, Pierre is a gifted hockey analyst. Sure, the sheer volume of his commentary is enough to set off all the car alarms within an eight-mile radius but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to deadline day.
On March 9, 2006, when Canucks GM Dave Nonis acquired Mika Noronen, Sean Brown, Keith Carney and Eric Weinrich, McGuire announced to the TSN audience that Vancouver was his trade deadline winner.
How’d that work out, Pierre?
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/02/FEB2708_MikaNoronen_t.jpg" style="float: right; padding-right: 4px;" />Well, Noronen played in 4 games and had a goals-against-average of 3.52. He fled to Russia soon after and hasn’t been seen in these parts ever since.
Brown had zero points and a -3 rating in 12 games. Still, in comparison to the other two blue-liners Vancouver acquired that day, Brown was essentially Bobby Orr.
Carney was a -5 in 18 games. The lasting image of the perpetually slow-footed Carney in a Canucks uniform, at least for me, is of the “defenseman” kicking a puck past Alex Auld into the Vancouver net. Never before and never since has one goal entirely summed up a player’s stay with a given team.
And Weinrich? Well, just by saying his name out loud earlier today I made three young children cry. He was a disaster. His yellow visor must have been made of banana peels because Weinrich slip-slided his way to a -13 rating in 16 games. I actually had to triple-check those numbers to make sure they weren’t worse than I remembered. They were not.
But then again, individual accomplishments might not have been that important because the Canucks made a lengthy playoff run.
What’s that? They didn’t even make the postseason? Reallllly? But Pierre had them as his deadline winner!
<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/02/FEB2708_PierreMcGuire_t.jpg" style="float: left; padding-right: 4px;" />Such is the problem with trade deadline day.
TV’s talking heads blather on and on about how the teams that didn’t make any moves were the losers and how those who were active magically made themselves better. It’s not that cut and dry.
Despite what some Canucks fans might think, making moves just for the sake of making moves is foolish. So is overpaying just to convince your fans you’re not asleep at the wheel.
Nonis did neither. And by holding on to his key assets, in Kesler, Edler, Bourdon, Schneider, et al, Nonis made Vancouver a trade deadline winner.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go buy a new hearing aid. McGuire blew my last one out.