BY TAYLOR LEWIS
Since I last wrote, the Olympic break, the Olympics, and the trade deadline have happened. It’s been a stop-go-go-go past few weeks.
Trade Deadline Day
Let me tell you how I found out the Caps got Jaroslav Halak.
The deadline had passed. Last-minutes deals for Thomas Vanek and David Legwand were coming out on Twitter. Washington announced that Ryan Stoa was being called up.
I decide to take a walk—check in on the conference room for the required GMGM presser and whatnot. As I’m walking down the stairs, Sky Kerstein of CBS DC flies out of the room, running towards where the media keep their computers.
After seeing that things are generally calm, I head back to my desk. Almost the entire staff is standing in and around their cubicles. There’s a buzz.
My feet move faster.
“Did you see?" another intern asks me.
I sit down in my own cubicle and refresh Twitter. 2010 flashes back at me. It was the year I fell in love with hockey, the year the Weagle soared, the year I sweated under black mourning clothes in the spring sunlight.
The trade deadline has had a declining reputation for blockbuster news in the past few years, so I largely assumed that Dustin Penner, Rostislav Klesla and Chris Brown were going to be it for Washington.
But few could have predicted four years ago that the Slovak who broke so many red-rockin’ hearts come to D.C. as they said goodbye to the Czech that won two Calder Cups in Hershey.
Such is the business.