There are a lot of angry hockey fans of some Canadian NHL teams following the trade deadline and their feelings aren’t without merit.
In Vancouver, they have a GM who said getting draft picks were imperative and then made two deals with no picks. Jim Benning is a drafting maven, or so we’re told, yet he couldn’t negotiate one pick when 18 of them were dealt on draft day.
In Montreal, fans were expecting to start to see some movement to bring in young assets and got a couple of barely interesting deals. More proof to them that Marc Bergevin needs to go.
And then we have Ottawa, where fans are ranting, raving mad that the team is even listening to offers on Erik Karlsson, let alone likely to trade him. He stays in Ottawa, for now.
But these three teams are all an indication of how quickly things can turn south. Vancouver was a perennial winner, the Ottawa Senators were in the final four last year and Montreal the same three years ago.
So advice to Toronto and Winnipeg fans. Enjoy your success while it lasts.