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Keep waiting for something to happen

Tuesday, 08.04.2009 / 9:23 AM / Columns

By Paul Kukla - NHL.com Correspondent

 
The e-mails have flowed in this week -- "My team has done nothing, what are they waiting for?"; "We are over the salary cap and could possibly forfeit games if we don't trade some players."; "Great regular season, but the playoffs have been a disaster. Time for a major shakeup."; "All these trade rumors and none involve my team, what are we doing?"
 
My reply to most of the e-mails is simple -- just relax. It is way too early to push the panic button. Heck, we still have six weeks until training camps open. 
 
Deals will be made, teams will be within the salary cap structure and teams still may pull off a blockbuster trade. But maybe not today.
 
I know fans want their team's roster wrapped up in a little red bow so they can have a sense of relief that all is well and they can look forward to the upcoming season. Having the satisfaction of "the team is set" in early August is not going to happen. Those of us that live and die with our team are experiencing a little nervousness right about now, waiting for something to happen -- and happen soon.
 
We know what moves need to be made, but frankly, many of those moves may not come until we get much closer to early September, and some of our hopeful moves may not be seen as a necessity by the GM, so we just may have to live with what we have.
 
In a perfect world, every trade and signing a fan wants would be made, but we all know that never will happen. You may be hearing all the trades and signings are about to be finalized, but the majority of those rumors are just that. Most will not come true and most have not even been talked about.
 
I find it much easier to wait for the unexpected move, because those do happen. I can recall more of these scenarios playing out over the last few seasons than the so-called can't-miss rumor coming true.
 
When the unexpected moves do happen, it puts the Internet hockey world into a frenzy, which claims of "Who saw that coming?"; "Wow, that came out of nowhere";  and "Great deal, that's what I was waiting for." all over the hockey chat forums.
 
Whatever happens may not happen for another 3-5 weeks, but that's OK with me. Time is on our side right now and I have enough of it to wait it out.
 
* A few weeks ago I brought up how using Twitter to follow the latest hockey news is great. I am not really into seeing Tweets about what someone had for lunch or what their evening plans are -- I just want hockey news.
 
PuckCentral has put together a list of people you should follow on Twitter if you want hockey news. I suggest you check it out and subscribe to those Twitter feeds you think would be useful and meet your needs.


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