The Intrigue of the Smaller Deal
My fervent hope is that Dominic Moore will find success in Minnesota after being traded to the Wild today.
A classier young man in the game you will not find. The Wild are being seen as a playoff sleeper by many, and it would be great to see Moore be a significant participant.
But my goodness, they must have interesting dinner conversations in the Moore household about the state of hockey.
First you have Dominic's brother, Steve, have his career ended by one of the most cowardly attacks in hockey history perpetrated by Todd Bertuzzi.
A bigger, stronger man attacking a smaller man from behind. Then you had Brad May, one of the Vancouver players who loudly voiced plans to "get" Moore after a legal hit on Markus Naslund, acquired by the Colorado Avalanche, the team Moore was playing with at the time of the Bertuzzi incident.
Today, then, you have Dominic Moore moved from Pittsburgh, a team everybody wants to play for, largely to make room for a player who would not be in the NHL if not for the quality of his fists, George Laraque.
Mark Moore, the third brother, has written a wonderful book lamenting the state of the game, and it just seems so sad that a Toronto family that loved the game so much has been scarred so much by the violence inherent in the sport.