When news of a Kings trade with Boston for left winger Marco Sturm broke Thursday morning, I found out via text from a hockey buddy. In the 5 minutes it took for me to hop on Twitter and get a handle on what was happening, what we now know was really a rumor took on a life of it's own and became a full fledged deal.
By the end of the day, there were stories on every major hockey website (including NHL.com), every blogger had tackled the issue, and they all had to be edited or rescinded when word came down that it was all just a discussion...and an early one at that. All, that is, except posts from the LA Kings Insider himself, Mr. Rich Hammond, who once again proved he knows his stuff better than most.
Maybe news moves a little too fast these days for it's own good.
Putting aside the traditional press vs. New Media issues, it's understandable how something like this happens. The Kings have a fan base more excited about the team than they've been in over 10 years. The season started with a bang, and now the gaping hole at left wing we couldn't fill during the off-season is threatening to sink the ship like the Titanic. Everyone is looking for an answer -- a solution to the problem.
Is Marco Sturm the answer? Maybe, and maybe not. But in the light of day twenty-four hours after the mad rush started, one thing is clear. None of the right answers will be fast ones.
GO KINGS GO!