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"Slippin' Jimmy" Rutherford Is The Saul Goodman Of The NHL

"Slippin' Jimmy" Rutherford Is The Saul Goodman Of The NHL

Via James O'Brien of NBC Sports (from Yahoo Sports)

There likely won’t be a more wild trade before the deadline than the one that took the better part of Friday to finally be completed.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had Ottawa Senators forward Derick Brassard in their grasp, then lost him, and then snatched him up again.

Penguins defenseman Ian Cole was headed to a bad team, then he wasn’t, and then he was again.

And somehow Ryan Reaves is now with the Vegas Golden Knights and the NHL’s newest team is retaining a bunch of salary.

The first trade: Penguins receive Derick Brassard; Senators get a first-round pick, Ian Coleand intriguing goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson.

This deal was rejected by the NHL for “improper use of salary retention,” so it was back to the drawing board for all involved.

The second (and actual) trade: Penguins receive Derick Brassard; Senators get a first-round pick, Ian Cole and intriguing goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson. This didn’t change.

Penguins also acquire a 2018 third round draft pick and prospect forward Vincent Dunn from the Senators; and they also get prospect forward Tobias Lindberg from the Golden Knights.

Vegas receives Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-rounder (Vancouver’s) from the Penguins and also retains 40 percent of Brassard’s salary.

I mean what can really be said about this? Well, it happens that I have a source (a source that happens to also have the name "Jim") that thinkens the plot, so to speak:

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Oh, texting Dom, your so jovial with your "Haha's".

Let me just say, this is some fine moving and shaking by Pittsburgh's beloved GM or should I say "Slippin' Jimmy" Rutherford aka: NHL's Saul Goodman?

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Losing Cole stinks, but just seeing what we get in return, plus the fact that Vegas eats 40% of Brassard's salary for the Pens, that's pretty akin to getting a wadful of green in exchange for some knock-off Rolexes. Hell, I bet he wrote out that second deal in like five minutes on toilet paper.

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This deal is so amazing that I feel really uneasy about it. Like that it's too good to be true or there's some sort of catch. I just kind of feel like Jimmy did (oh, ****SPOILER****)...


...when he swindled nice old lady Irene to sign some of her cash over at the end of season three. 

 "Yes, Vegas. This shoe looks just exquisite."

"Yes, Vegas. This shoe looks just exquisite."

You just know JR dotted them "i''s and crossed them "t"'s. Wow, just can't help be astounded by this deal. Brassard's playoff stats are just bonkers too.

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LET'S GO PENS

(Side note: I don't know if the University of American Samoa Land Crabs had a hockey club, but if they did, you bet James M. McGill found a way to help recruit the best Samoan hockey east of Poloa)

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