i don't know if any of you remember the 2005 draft special that OLN ran which followed Sidney Crosby, Benoit Puoliot, and a few other top picks to be around... during one segment, there was a portion which saw the draftees being interviewed in a room where they were asked several questions about life and personal goals and stuff. one of the questions asked to each kid was, "what are you afraid of... what scares you?" every kid gave a pretty pat answer like "heights," or "spiders," ect. except for ONE (who's name totally escapes me). his answer was...
Obviously this is a huge deal for the Kings. Now as you guys do know that I was a Belanger supporter(No shocker Here) but unlike what I had previously believed I didn't think Belanger's return would be impressive as a Jack Johnson type player. I thought at best Belanger would only command a pick and maybe another 3rd line center at best. To look at this trade as a sad day for me as Belanger was traded would be an absolute mockery of myself.
To pick up a player of Jack Johnson's Caliber for Belanger and Gleason has to be looked upon in amazement. Considering that Lombardi was able to do it without giving up a first round draft pick(Which is looking to be top 5-10 this year especially after trading more proven offense even though it was 16 goals) and or any type of top 60 pick.
As Conan O'Brien would say. Lets look to the future. All the way to the year 2000!
Although Tverdosky sucks and wont be used for jack.
I was watching ESPN2 a little while ago and noticed Tim Gleason's name on the bottom line. I was like "What the hell did Gleason do to get on the line?" So i came on here and saw this. Holy Deano on a stick!!
By the way, i hope you guys weren't writing Timmy off just because he's had a subpar camp and preseason. He'll be fine in Carolina. Good luck Timmy, and you too Eric.
Great article on si.com about the trade, saying the Kings got a steal. Here is the last paragraph...
There are going to be a lot of fans around the league wondering why their GM couldn't come up with a deal to top this one, but the reality is that there are just a handful that could take on Tverdovsky's salary, an anchor without which this deal couldn't have been consummated. The Kings had the cap room at the right time and, conveniently, were in the Western Conference. Because of that, they landed an elite prospect for peanuts.