He seems to miss more than he is there. I only listen for about a half hour on my way to work. His partner(speigal) took him to task a little today. I was kind of hoping Wings fans would fill up the phone lines today
You mean the ex-Bronco lineman? Kinda fits. He played great. And one of the most physically flexible lineman I ever saw warm up. But personally, he turned out to be somewhat of a weirdo.
No he has never played professionally anywhere. He is a career radio guy who has had a lot of issues holding jobs because of addiction and anger issues. He probably is the most passionate hockey guy on the radio in Chicago and has been a fan for a lot longer then the last several years.
There are only a few ways to get players onto a hockey team. Draft them, acquire them through free agency, pick them up off waivers, trade for them. Only one of these options requires you lose something (RFA also I suppose, but that's still a rarity in this league). The salary cap makes draft picks, prospects, and roster players that much more valuable, so trades are that much less desirable an option to collect players for your team. I understand that its frustrating to get your hopes up every trade deadline expecting to land some star, but in today's hockey league its more important than ever to be economic. That means developing your talent, holding onto your picks, and making big roster changes through free agency, not through trades. Its boring, but its also a smart way to go.
I'm in the minority which believes Holland did not make a mistake this deadline by not making any moves.