Today the bomb has gone off, and it blew up in the fans face.
Melnyk trades Fisher for…nothing.
The #1 pick, on a scale of probability, is nearly worthless.
The pick, barring a near miraculous chance, will not equate to another Mike Fisher, ever.
His salary, if spent on a UFA (which it won’t be), will not net a Mike Fisher.
The 3rd or 2nd pick?
His salary, however, is 8.32 million bucks, that stay in Melnyks pocket, while we fans hear ad nauseam commentary on “a bright future” and “whatever it takes to win the Cup”.
Pass the bucket.
I’m not buying any of it. This was about one thing, and ONLY one thing, saving money.
Next will come the discount coach, cloaked in a bevy of hyperbole.
But not until Big Mel first saves a few bucks by flagelating the team and fans with a shattered Cory Clouston.
I have no illusions that Mike Fisher was worth multiple 1st rounders, or a slam-dunk NHL ready prospect, but, when somebody offers you nothing for something, you might as well say no.
Well, maybe not nothing.
Melnyk got something, 8.32 million somethings, to be exact.
It’s the fans and the team that got nothing.
Am I sad to see Fisher go?
Not really, but the return was worth less than keeping him…unless you’re the one paying him, I guess.
Gretzky was one of the last “money” deals, but this one can be considered a money deal, because that was what was given in return for Fisher – 8.32 million USD.
The team is worse for this trade. Worse today, worse next season, and the next season beyond that.
This trade was not about rebuilding, re-stocking, or re-tooling, it was about saving cold-hard-cash.
But Melnyk’s wallet is all the better for it, and I guess that’s an owners prerogative.