So the Canadiens, mere weeks after signing the long-awaited, dare we say recalcitrant Danny Kristo, flip him to the Rangers for Christian Thomas. Hmmmm....
So we had a skilled, speedy but relatively small (by today's NHL trends) right winger, and decided to trade him for a skilled, speedy but definitely small right winger. That's not even "quatre trente sous pour une piastre".
To get on my hobby horse again, I would have preferred that we trade him for a bigger, grittier forward, even if he was a more marginal talent, to even out our prospect and forward mix in Hamilton. Instead, we've gone sugar for brown sugar. Slightly different flavour, but essentially the same.
Of course, since this is the dawning of the age of Bickell-rius, the odds that a team will give up a big bruising forward for a smaller guy who actually knows how to play hockey and put the puck in the net are slim to none. Every team will hitch their wagon to the Chicago star, and brood over their big guys for years until they incubate, as Mr. Bickell did after four seasons in the AHL.
The reasons for this trade are obscure, unspoken, but it's easy for aggrieved Canadiens fans to leap to the conclusion that Danny Kristo never wanted to be here in the first place. His signature on the contract this spring was nothing more than a marriage of convenience, expedient to knock a year off the wait time to arbitration. We were used, abused, and now feel unclean.
That stinging feeling we're experiencing about the cheeks is because Mr. Kristo was a dark horse candidate to replace Michael Ryder, if not right out of training camp, at some point this season. He was more mature, we convinced ourselves, after four years in college, and was ready to step up, or very close. Now we have another guy in Hamilton who made the AHL last season, to go with our own cavalcade of sophomores. Again, the mix isn't quite optimal in that regard.
I could rant and rave about this trade, and assail Marc Bergevin, but I suspect he's well aware of all these issues, and did the best he could under the circumstances. It's hard to believe he wasn't under some duress.
Farewell Mr. Kristo, we hardly knew ye. We'll warm up our pipes and give you a lusty greeting when you first set foot on New Forum ice.
And to Mr. Thomas, welcome, I hope you enjoy the show.