A move was coming. You could sense it, smell it in the air. No, it didn't smell like Rick Nash, or goalie move, or even Ott. It smelled a bit like maybe some improved D, maybe nothing, maybe a few small tweaks here and there but instead DW made a moved that shocked everyone. Jaime McGinn, Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa for forwards T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik, and a seventh round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Overall, I like the move. Winnick and Galiardi should fit in well, and there's a decent chance the team can resign both for a good price after the season ends. Sgarbossa is kinda of a big loss, he was one of the better looking prospects in the Woo and many of us were looking forward to seeing him with the big club, but that's how the business of hockey goes. It was the loss of McGinn though, that hurt the worst.
Immediately there was backlash, he's not a franchise player, but he's a crowd favorite. For me, I remember talking about him a few short seasons ago, when he was just a wee lad coming up in the Woo, skating at camp with the big club. This kid, we said, he's got promise. I took to him immediately, I don't even remember why buy he truly was one of m favorite players. That's why I am so sad to see him go. Not because he's the best man on the team but because he was a good solid piece. He worked hard, he developed his skills, he toughed out the back and forth of the Woostah Shuttle and earned a spot on the team. I enjoy watching him play and while I know this trade is probably good thing int he long run, I will miss watching McGinn skate, mix up Clowe or the field, and look pleasantly puzzled by all that is hockey in San Jose.
Good luck McGinn, hope Colorado treats you well.