Like a gut punch.
That's how it feels to have one of your good friends traded away from the team you love. It's been a rough first part of the season for Carlo Colaiacovo and now his brief tenure with his beloved Maple Leafs comes to a crashing halt.
Nothing had to be said between us as I saw Carlo yesterday afternoon. Watery eyes, a shrug of the shoulders, our embrace was a bit longer than normal. I can't help but think the Leafs will regret this move in years to come. I have that much faith in Carlo. The other part of the deal, Alexander Steen, what can be said about him? Never living up to the original hype surrounding his name, it was best for him to get a clean start in another city.
Right now, in hockey terms this MAY be a good move for the Leafs. Stempniak is fast and has displayed a scoring touch in the past. He may be a good fit on a young, fast Leafs team.
Right now, I'm at a loss for words.