As the March 5th NHL trade deadline approaches, Doug Armstrong, the General Manager of the St. Louis Blues, and Tim Murray, the GM of the Buffalo Sabres, are entangled in a game of no limit high–stakes poker, with the final cards being dealt.
The dealer, deals and Murray bets:
- “The route we are looking at is to get value for him (Miller). To put him in a position to succeed,” said Murray on Tuesday night. “Our goal right now is to pursue a proper trade.”
With Armstrong’s back to the wall, he sees Murrays bet with:
- “St. Louis historically has been a graveyard for goaltenders,” Armstrong said. “I’m not being critical of the fans, but it doesn’t seem like they’ve ever been happy with who’s in the net. Jaro doesn’t deserve to have the past put on him.”
And then raises it:
- “Because of injuries, Jaro has been our starting goaltender for exactly two playoff games,” Armstrong said. “He hasn’t failed. He’s going to have the opportunity to show what he’s capable of. That’s how it is in sports. Until you win, you can’t win.”
To quote one of the most famous poker players ever, Amarillo Slim: “It never hurts for potential opponents to think you’re more than a little stupid and can hardly count all the money in your hip pocket, much less hold on to it..”
Stop holding a gun to the head of the St. Louis Blues fan base. Our moment of glory is upon us; it’s time to ante-up, Armstrong, and give Murray what he wants so we all get what we need – our final ace in the hole, Ryan Miller!