First, a farewell to Jim (Shakey) Hunt.
The man loved life. He drank deeply of all aspects and always loved to poke at those in charge or those who took themselves a little too seriously.
He could write, of course, but as a radio personality he was terrific and unique. And he never, ever acted the prima donna or gave those starting out in the business a hard time.
See ya, Shake.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming with some final thoughts on Thursday's NHL trade deadline:
The most underrated deal of the day? Willie Mitchell to Dallas from Minny. Mitchell proved himself to be a prime time playoff combatant three years ago. He's a perfect fit for a Stars team that may go a long way.
Here's guessing Ken Klee will fare much better in Jersey than Toronto. Things are substantially more structured in the Meadowlands, with defencemen encouraged to buy time rather than make big plays.
Tyler Arnason could be the best pickup of the final day. The youngster has skill, and it will be interesting to see how Bryan Murray chooses to use him.
Sergei Samsonov is a splashy pickup for the Oilers. But the truth is the Russian has never produced goals and points at the level of an elite player in the NHL. Even this season, he's well below a point-per-game pace.
Nashville used to be a team that frightened opponents with speed and quickness. In adding Mike Sillinger and Brendan Witt over the past few weeks, the Preds have improved in other areas, but they have also definitely slowed down.
By telling the hockey world he was listening to offers for Todd Bertuzzi, Vancouver GM Dave Nonis has essentially put No. 44 on notice; deliver now, or get ready to move by the draft.
Sandis Ozolinsh just seems like a bad fit for a Ranger team that has experienced a lot of success this season by being hardworking and disciplined. But if Ozolinsh can help a Ranger power play that has been mediocre without being too much of a liability five-on-five, the deal could work.
Something tells me Jamie Lundmark, an Alberta boy, will finally find a modicum of success in Calgary under Darryl Sutter.
Nice touch by GM Mike Barnett in Phoenix. Curtis Joseph asked not to be moved, and the Coyotes will let him finish the season in the desert. Assuming the Leafs buy out Ed Belfour at the end of the season, there still might be one go 'round for Cujo in Toronto before he's done.