The word is about
there’s something evolving
whatever may come
the world keeps revolving
They say the next big thing is here
that the revolution’s near
but to me it seems quite clear
that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating.
This is Shirley Bassey. For my generation she will live forever for the inspired treatment of the theme from the Bond movie “Goldfinger”, specifically that word in the song (“GOLD-FINGGGG-UH”) which we’ve been emulating (but never getting right) since the Beatles hit New York.
It’s funny to watch how some famous people from your childhood find their way as they grow older. Bassey sold a buh-zillion records before becoming famous all over again for “History Repeating” with the Propellerheads in 1997. She’s also (obviously) quite beautiful which is a helluva trick at age 70.
I think history may be about to repeat itself. There is a rumor today that the Phoenix Coyotes have claimed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Anaheim Ducks. So, the circumstances as I understand them are:
- The Ducks tried to trade a qualified NHL goalie without any luck.
- The Ducks own the Edmonton Oilers first round pick.
- The Ducks placed Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers at a time when PHX could claim him.
- If the Coyotes pass EDM in the standings, it might be worth a lottery pick.
It’s happened before in NHL history. Sam (“freaking”) Pollock. Let’s get the facts on paper:
- May 22, 1970: Montreal trades LW Ernie Hicke, their 1970 1st rd pick (C Chris Oddleifson) to Oakland for the Seals’ 1971 1st round pick, D Francois Lacombe and cash.
- Early 1971, the Seals are playing well and it is becoming rather obvious that Los Angeles is going to struggle to stay ahead of them, thereby making the Kings eligible for the top pick (at that time, Marcel Dionne and Guy Lafleur were the top ranked amateurs).
- On January 26, 1971, Pollock traded quality, veteran centerman Ralph Backstrom to the struggling Kings for Gord Labossière and Ray Fortin (two guys who couldn’t make the Morinville Midgets) with the idea that Backstrom would be enough to get LA past the Seals in the standings and make Pollock the man in charge at that summer’s draft.
- It happened just that way.
- Pollock had his choice of Lafleur or Dionne, and chose Lafleur.
I can’t say for certain that Brian Burke is thinking that far ahead, that he believes it’s worth the risk of losing Bryzgalov for nothing in order to get one of Stamkos, Doughty or Pieterangelo. I can’t say it would be a good gamble even if he was doing it for this purpose. I can’t even say Phoenix has made a claim.
I can say that this season has a chance to be historic for Kevin Lowe in a bad way, and THAT is probably worth a lot to Brian Burke. I think we can agree that this move has a chance to be a strategic “up yours” to the Edmonton Oilers even if it is only a side effect of the overall roster shuffle by the Ducks.
Your move, Kevin.