Rick DiPietro wanted to be an Islander for his entire career, put all his cards on the table and asked to do a deal that made sense for everyone. Charles Wang and Garth Snow did just that.
And now Islanders fans like my three young boys never have to worry about a day in early July when some other team raids the franchise of its leader and biggest star. Sixteen months later, the deal seems even more like a win-win-win.
The response from the traditionalists was - yawn - as inevitable as Rick being named an All-Star tomorrow.
But a funny thing happened. A few weeks ago the Philadelphia Flyers, as traditional as they come, locked up heart-and-soul forward Mike Richards for 12 years. Today, Ted Leonsis made a statement to fans of the Washington Capitals: your superstar Alexander Ovechkin is here forever.
Of course, if the initial column reactions and tonight's TSN panel are an indication, holes will be poked all over the Ovechkin deal.
Hmmm...Long Island, Philadelphia, Washington...
Guess we'll have to wait for a Canadian team to do a mega-deal before the practice is considered legit.