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Blackhawks trade Byfuglien, God’s tears flood city

June 24, 2010

For the 27 “real” Blackhawks fans, the Stanley Cup honeymoon didn’t last long. Reports say the Hawks have traded winger Dustin Byfuglien (and others) to Atlanta for draft picks (and others).

Few things are more devastating to the Internet than a team unloading a fan-favorite. The apocalyptic rain storm that kept everyone at their computers didn’t help ease the endless bitching either.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about ice soccer hockey. But I do understand that sports is all about cash money, and that’s the reason Byfuglien is gone. Although the departure of Buff might not have an immediate payoff, it will give the Blackhawks the financial flexibility to retain Patrick Sharp, Kris Veersteeg or Andrew Ladd in the future.

Dustin had a great playoff performance, but his career stats suggest he’s a much more average player than he showed the last month of the season (click here for a fairly comprehensive breakdown of the numbers). Although it may not make much sense to you, the Blackhawks are using simple economics. Demand is high and supply is low for players like Byfuglien. The Hawks did a good job of getting maximum value from a guy who might have maxed out.

Let’s just be thankful Buff never reached 2008 Ryan Theriot popularity. If the Cubs traded him when his value was at its highest, there would have been blood in the streets of Wrigleyville.

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