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Article posted on Wednesday, February, 27th, 2008 at 7:53 am

Trades in professional sports are weird. As fans we watch our team and seem to gravitate toward one or two players in particular. Some reasons are rational (he’s the best player). Some are less so (“He’s cute!” or “I like the number 16”). Some are a combination of the two.

Today the Thrashers traded one of my two favorite players: Marian Hossa, who, in my opinion was the best player on the team. They had little choice as he was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so had they not pulled the trigger on a deal, they would have lost him for nothing. My brain understands such things. My heart is another matter.

I hate the idea of Hossa in another uniform. He is a supreme talent and to see him go is very upsetting. More than that, though, Hossa is one of those likable players. He’s the kind of guy you want as the face of your franchise. And, even more than that, after three seasons of watching a guy, it’s like the team traded your best friend. Your best pal. The guy you love hanging out with. The guy who amuses you as you rock your baby to sleep. The guy who dazzles with his skating ability and his sweet unassuming nature. That guy is no longer your best friend. He’s someone else’s best friend now.

It makes me sad.

The team did what it had to do. And Hossa could have accepted a large paycheck to stay with the Thrashers, but he didn’t. He wants to win. What does that say about the Thrashers? Whatever it is, it’s not good. What does it say about Hossa? That he didn’t love Atlanta as much as he said? That while he’s enjoyed being our friend, it’s time to move on? Time to make new friends? (Yes, yes he was traded and over that he had no control; but he rejected all long-term deals the Thrashers put on the table.)

Such is the way of things and such is the pain that is being a fan. I am sure you are not interested unless you happen to be Andy, in which case, we’ve already discussed this at length.

Goodbye Magical Marian. Atlanta misses you already.

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