I pay somewhere exactly between little to no attention to trade rumor websites, especially ones that I've never heard of. A site like My NHL Trade Rumors is the perfect thing for me to ignore, but when a link arrives in my inbox care of Google Alerts, I have to click on it. Said link led me to some trade rumors... top five trades to happen before the NHL draft, to be exact. I noticed the name "Bruce Garrioch," who some of you might know as "Malkin to the Kings." Then I noticed the Blues... so eh, why not. I clicked. This is what I was treated to:
Several teams would like to make a pitch for Staal — including the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues. The Sabres want to get bigger in the middle, which is why Derek Roy has been made available.
Ok, then. Hey, I'm not complaining if the Blues want Staal as long as they don't give up anyone core in return. I thought for a second about this situation... this exact same thing came up in 2010... on my copy of NHL 11 in Be a GM Mode. The Penguins offered me, the GM of the Blues, Staal for a couple of draft picks and -- no kidding -- B.J. Crombeen. I love video games. But anyway, out of all of the trades I made on that game, this one was the greatest. Plunk Staal between David Perron and David Backes, and what do you get? 60+ goal and 120+ point seasons for all three! Three Stanley Cups in a row! Staal winning the Lady Byng, Art Ross, Ted Lindsey, Rocket Richard, and the Conn Smythe.
All that I have to say is that if Bruce Garrioch is going to base his trade proposals around a video game, he could do a hell of a lot worse than this.
This is totally do-able, right Doug? I kid, I kid. It's not.