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Editor’s Note: This column was written February 28, as the NHL Trade Deadline passed.
By Jay Zawaski-
As the hours, then the minutes before the NHL Trade Deadline ticked away, Hawks fans everywhere were getting more and more uneasy. “Would General Manager Stan Bowman make a move?” “The Hawks have so many holes…they need at least a defenseman and a center.”
Well, with about an hour to go in the deadline, reports of a trade finally surfaced. The Hawks had acquired Winnipeg defenseman Johnny Oduya. ”OK. There’s the D-man. Now time for the center.”
The center never came.
Initially, I found myself satisfied with Bowman’s day. The biggest need (defense) was filled, and while it would have been nice to have a center, no REAL #2 centers really moved at all. Antoine Vermette went to Phoenix last week. He’s a decent enough #2 I suppose. Paul Gaustad is a nice player, but not worth the 1st round pick Nashville gave up to get him. If Derek Roy, a REAL #2 center, had been moved, then I would have been angry.