Hartnell and Timonen are gone. The Preds have traded the rights of All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen and physical winger Scott Hartnell to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a first round pick.
Well...all those in Nashville hoping the Kimmo would retire a Predator are a bit disappointed in this deal. For me I am bummed to see Scotty go. Word was that he was a bit of a ‘cancer in the locker-room’ but on the ice I think he was only scratching the surface of the type of player he can be. The good thing about this trade is the fact that he will be in the east and not a team like Detroit, or St. Louis that we would have to play eight times a year.
On the surface I like the deal. Obviously these are two guys that we were not going to resign. Philly thinks (or maybe has agreed in principle) that they can so they gave up a first rounder…hmmm…A first rounder…didn’t we trade one of those away to team out east a few months ago? Oh yeah! We did…and it was to…ummmm…Philly! The only reason I don’t like this deal is if it signals some kind of fire sale here at the Preds. A ‘we’re going to build for the future’ kind of thing. That would make me hate this team and it’s new owner.
Speaking of ‘new owner’ it appears that his application has been returned to him for being incomplete (thanks Jason). Huh? How in the H – E - double hockey sticks do you turn in an incomplete application to make your dream purchase? Did he think that his money could once again buy him out of this as well?
Will try to keep track of all this…