This blog has been a long time coming. But after reading the ek columns last night regarding the leafs and whether they should clean house or not... then hearing the Flames may be involved if only an e1, doesn't matter, I have to get this off my chest.
I love Darcy Tucker. He's from Alberta, Castor or Byemoor I believe. Anyway, he is a fighter. He's gritty, he can score, and he plays his heart out every time he steps on the ice. Teams hate to play him but love to play with him, he's one of those kind of guys.
I've blogged before about how much I miss the Flames of 03-04. Not necessarily the players but the style and the work ethic. It all seemed to fade away after game 6 of the Anaheim series. You look at the players that were part of that run that are no longer with the team. Guys like Chris Clark and Blair Betts. That's the kind of players we miss. The guys that would go into the boards with one goal in mind, to come out with the puck. We added Owen Nolan, who plays like that. But it hasn't rubbed off on the rest of the guys yet.
So, we wouldn't be able to send any defenseman in a deal because we don't have anyone else to bring up. And Toronto would look for talent in return so who would that be? Can't send Lombardi and Tanguay would likely be too expensive so that would leave Huselius and Conroy and maybe some prospects or something. I'd send either one of those two in a heartbeat in order to bring in Tucker.
On a side note, Nystrom's play has been a welcome surprise and a much needed one at that.
Needless to say, you can consider this my official "Bring Darcy Tucker West" campaign. It seemed like enough campaigning from fans brought Conroy back to the city, maybe if I get this out there, it'll get Tucker here as well...
How amazing would it be to see his bloody, snarling face scoring goals and mucking it up in the Northwest. One can only hope...