Indeed, the best thing about the next few games after the trade deadline is seeing the new players suit up and make a contribution (see Chris Kunitz and his three goals since joining Pittsburgh).
But if you’re a Chicago Blackhawks fan, you’re gonna have to wait for newly acquired center Samuel Pahlsson to do anything.
The Hawks traded defenseman James Wisniewski and a minor league prospect to Anaheim for Pahlsson and another minor leaguer. Pahlsson fills the void they wanted to fill: A veteran center that plays solid defensively, wins faceoffs and has playoff experience.
Pahlsson is a good fit, but he won’t be contributing them for awhile. He hasn’t played since Jan. 31 because of mono and likely won’t do so again for another three weeks.
That’s right, the Hawks traded for a guy that won’t be ready for another three weeks.
It’s not exactly an exciting trade in the first place — a defense-first center doesn’t quite rouse the fan base, even if it’s a solid hockey move — and now fans have to wait until the regular season is almost over to see the guy.
And they traded the guy with a cool nickname like Wizz. Damn.