Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Much ado about not much


    It was a little bit like a honeymoon ending over a toilet seat that was left up or an uncapped tube of toothpaste.  A huge portion of whatever fan and media goodwill still existed towards Canadiens general manager Mark Bergevin went by the wayside yesterday when Bergevin traded once-promising defenceman and unrestricted free agent-in-waiting Rafael Diaz to Vancouver for fourth line winger Dale Weise.  From the reaction on Twitter, you'd have thought Bergevin traded Carey Price for the mortal remains of Pee Wee Reese.
    The hue and cry over what was fundamentally an exchange of spare parts between the Canadiens and Canucks is standard fare in the social media world, where every armchair general manager finally has a potential audience beyond his cat, and mainstream media pundits are compelled to weigh in for reasons of public visibility and professional relevance.   It's also a measure of the frustration with Bergevin's relative inactivity on the trade market despite his team's glaring shortcomings.
    Well, be careful what you wish for, because when and if Bergevin trades impending UFAs Andrei Markov and/or Brian Gionta for a lot less than the clamoring masses want or expect, it'll put the Diaz deal in its proper perspective.

No comments:

Post a Comment