Trade Day Reactions and Player Transactions

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Kings trade defensemen Brad Stuart to the Detroit Red Wings for a 2008 2nd round pick and a 2009 4th round pick.

Gone, but not forgotten.

I am upset with the trading of Brad Stuart. I knew it was coming; it wasn't a surprise, but honestly, it hit me in the stomach like a sack of pucks. He had been doing well in recent games and has proven to me that he wasn't as terrible as he had been at the beginning of the season. There were many other players that I could have parted with without feeling any separation pangs (i.e. Brian Willsie, Kevin Dallman, Ladislav Nagy, Scott Thornton (but I'd keep him over the 3 others mentioned), and Michal Handzus (was anyone else aware that he got a no-trade clause when he signed with the Kings??). But I also understand that these players aren't attractive to GMs because they do not produce like other players (read: younger) on the team, which obviously means that they wouldn't bring us anything useful in return. Obviously Stuart was the man to go and take one for the team because he DID get us 2 picks. This still upsets me.

Brad, if you re-sign with the Kings for next year, that would make me smile on the inside and out. I hope to see your long bombs from the blueline and throw downs along the boards soon. But I'm glad you went to Detroit because now you have a chance to win big, and we all know the saying, "Go big or go home."

Update 02/28/08: Here is an article from the Detroit official site on Stuart's beginnings with the team.

Kings trade Jean-Sebastian Aubin to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2008 7th round pick.

This makes me laugh.

Kings assign Teddy Purcell to Manchester.

This makes me roll my eyes in disgust.


KQ949 February 26, 2008 at 7:39 PM  

Bye "Suckie" (my nickname for Stuart - he inherited it from Modry)! You were the least suckie of the suckiest! I loved the one headline for you on the NHL page of Fox Sports, "from the cellar to the penthouse"!

I believe another "gift" we got from Burke for the Aubin deal was the great Pronger Jersey they tried to scam at Tip-A-King. They were begging people to bid on it with 15 minutes to go in the silent auction. I really think that rag was a piece of the deal!

I'm glad this day is over. Not as painful as last year where I lost both My Connie (Conroy) and my Little Ball of Hate (Avery).

Connie February 26, 2008 at 8:06 PM  

From the cellar to the penthouse!?!? How TRUUUUUUUUUUUE!!!

Why in the world was there a Pronger jersey at Tip-A-King??

I am ALSO glad this day is over. You lost 2 last year and I lost one this year. SIGH.

RudyKelly February 26, 2008 at 9:53 PM  

I'm pretty sure they just sent Purcell down because if you're not on the minor league roster tomorrow night, you can't play in the AHL playoffs. I don't know, something retarded and confusing like that.

Connie February 26, 2008 at 10:13 PM  

Bah, logistical crap that gets annoying. Although I'm sure Purcell will be the predictable point-getter in the playoffs in the A.

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