Every year, without fail, since I have been playing pro hockey, at least one teammate had been traded at the NHL deadline. This year was no exception.
In San Antonio on the road. A road trip that everyone was looking forward to, just to get away from the snow and cold in Chicago.
The team flew in on Tuesday, which also happened to be the same day as the NHL trade deadline. The guys are always interested in transactions in the NHL because they have such a direct impact on out team's line-up.
Every year, without fail, since I have been playing pro hockey, at least one teammate had been traded at the deadline. This year was no exception. We had a light practice before
heading to the airport for our flight to San Antonio. The flight was delayed, and we all were sitting around in our suits listening to the trade talks over the
internet. Next thing you know, Alex Giroux gets a phone call telling him he was just traded back to the Washington Capitals, who he had been signed with the
It's as simple as that, all ready to go on the trip, and the next thing you know, you aren't on the team anymore. Even though everyone knows the business side of hockey it is always tough to lose a teammate. Alex is a great player, and a great guy around the locker room, so it hard to see him leave. Everyone said goodbye, wished him luck and boarded the plane, minus one teammate.
In return for Alex, our team picked up another forward, Joe Motzko. And we
knew with the AHL trade deadline coming on Thursday, our team would definitely have a new look come the weekend.
Despite the shake-up, we had a great game on Wednesday, winning 5-1. The only negative was allowing a goal with 34 seconds left in the game to lose the shootout. I think everyone felt bad we didn't help Pavelec get another shutout after he had
played so well.
With three games in three night coming up this weekend, we had a day off today in San
Antonio. Since we don't get many days off, I tried to catch up on some sleep, finally getting up to catch breakfast with my 'road roomate' Brian Sipotz. It was nice to spend the morning relaxing, reading the paper, and walking down the 'Riverwalk' in downtown San Antonio, enjoying the weather. The only thing I have to worry about is where to go to dinner. Hopefully somewhere with good lasagna, my favorite pre-gameday meal.