So after a bizarre couple days, it appears Dustin Byfuglien will not be traded for Michael Nylander. I’m not really sure who to believe in this tale of He said, he said. Tallon claims Byfuglien was never involved in any talks but as chicagokill posted at Second City Hockey yesterday, there were enough rumors to keep Tim Sassone busy until Christmas. Tallon never makes the same claim for Brent Sopel which is reassuring, but I have to think if the ‘Hawks wanted to just dump him, he would be worth at least a later round draft pick and more than a few teams would be lining up for his service. At this point, he’s better to hang on to as insurance until the ‘Hawks are positive Wisniewski will return. Unless of course, Tallon wants Matt Walker to take a regular shift on defense and that’s cause for a whole other debate.
I’m glad Tallon wouldn’t make a deal as silly as the proposed Sopel and Byfuglien for Nylander. There’s always going to be a team willing to take on Byfuglien so to sell low on him now would be silly. Ya know, because no team is looking for a big guy with loads of potential that can fill up the back of the net, a relatively affordable contract, and in a pinch could play defense (pinch= all the other defensemen decided to skip the game and hang out at the Beer Bistro). Yeah, he’s pretty much worthless.