The "king of irony" award of the week goes to Chicago GM Dale Tallon, who had this to say about talented center Tyler Arnason, whom he dealt to Ottawa for (dare we say it?) underachieving minor-leaguer Brandon Bochenski.
"Arnie has all kinds of ability, and he's underachieved," Tallon told reporters in Chicago after the deal. "Arnie's got a chance to be a star, but it's been a frustrating last couple of years with him, to watch the ability he has and the inconsistent play he's shown and realize he can do so much.''
This from a GM who appears to be a magnet for the overpaid and underachieving. Arnason, for the record, notched an assist in his first game with the Senators, a victory over Atlanta. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, have lost five of six and eight of their last 10. -- S.B.
CAUGHT IN THE NETS
Within hours of the trade deadline, Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe was being feted as a minor genius for having landed netminder Dwayne Roloson from Minnesota and talented forward Sergei Samsonov from Boston. There was talk of a Stanley Cup run.
Oops. Since then, the Oilers have dropped three straight games, including Sunday's heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Roloson's former mates in Minnesota. Roloson has been between the pipes for all three losses, and while he hasn't had much in the way of defensive help, he hasn't been overwhelming. He gave up five goals on 31 shots, including three in the third period of a 5-2 loss to San Jose in his first start with Edmonton. Then, against Columbus on Saturday, Roloson got tangled up with a teammate while trying to clear the puck in overtime and allowed a bad-angle goal to get past him on the same play to close out a 4-3 loss. The losses have suddenly dropped the Oilers out of a playoff position as they began the week tied with Anaheim for eighth place. The Ducks have two games in hand on the Oilers. -- S.B.