|Posted on February 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM|
For most of us, this is the time of the year when everybody is making a list. This list is usually handed to a loved one, who will eventually buy, at least, one of these "gifts" for you. Most of the times, this "gift" is supposed to enable you to have something you did not have before. It is almost a similar process in sports, except the supply of what you need is limited, and the demand is extremely high.
Right after losing Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in 2003, the Boston Red Sox flew some of its top executives to spend Thanksgiving with Curt Schilling, who eventually removed a trade clause on his contract to come and pitch in Boston. After finishing the 2006-2007 season with an embarrassing 24-58 record, the Boston Celtics traded for Ray Allen on Draft Day, and later on in the same summer, they shipped almost the whole team to get Kevin Garnett. Each respective team ended up winning the championship the following year. Both teams become more competitive than they were before.
"With the fifth pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins selected Phillip Joseph Kessel Jr" said Gary Bettman. P. Kessel was one the most talented players in the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, and now he is coming to a team that has not won Stanley Cup since 1972. In 2007, P. Kessel was voted by Boston writers as the most dedicated player in the National Hockey League. P. Kessel helped the Bruins make it back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year, but he was plagued with a shoulder injury that needed surgery. They lost in the Semifinals.
At the start of the year, the once most dedicated, and talented player for the Boston Bruins was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs (where he immediately signed a $27-million contract.) As fans, we will probably never know the real reason behind Phil Kessel’s trade. Could it be contract related? Could team owner, Jeremy Jacob, be trying to reclaim his title as one of the "Worst Owners in Sports"? We will leave everything else up for speculation, but one thing is clear: The Bruins need a consistent leader who will deliver night in and out to add to legacy that players such as Lionel Hitchman, Eddie Shore, and Terry O’Reilly have left. Until that happens, "attend a Boston Bruins victory parade in June" will remain as one of the hottest item in my list for the Holiday seasons to come.
Until next time, have a Happy Holiday!
The Sports Nut -Ken Joseney