My little girls are ok with the trade.
"What?" you may ask. A brief explanation: I have three girls 8, 6 and 5. As you might expect their room is full of all sorts of pink and princess type things. But right before the playoffs last year I was with them in a sporting goods store when my 6 year old said "Look daddy, a Kings poster!" I asked if they would like it in their room. They all enthusiatically agreed! So we got it, rushed home before mom got there and put it up.
So right in the middle of all the pink, princess and doll stuff is this:
Pretty bad-ass if you ask me.
Mom was not entirely impressed; "Really? And you had to use thumb tacks?"
"Hey, it was the girls idea!" I replied. "Besides it is the playoffs, good karma!".
Well we all know what happened, so now even mom wants it to stay up.
But you may have noticed that for some reason Simon Gagne is dead center in the poster. So, therefore, Gagne is "one of my favorites" according to my eight year old. (The other two like him too.) The last few games she has looked for "number 12' and has asked if he is ok.
So yesterday I had to tell them that he was traded. "Why?" they asked. So I explained how it was good for him and the Kings for the reasons we have discussed, gave a simple explaination about draft picks, how the draft works and the salery cap and how really, he would be much happier in Philly.
"Oh, ok. Sounds good then!" said the 8 year old. The 6 and 5 year old agreed. Relieved, I said "Good, ice cream all around!"Thats funny cause I had to go home last night and sit my two girls down, 6 and 4, and explain that he was traded. Except mine was a little harder because my 4 year old's name is Simone and she calls him "My Simon Gagne." They were a little sad but were finally ok because he was "still playing". They thought that if he wasnt playing for the Kings it meant he wasnt playing at all.
I have a feeling Gagne's conversation with his kids wasn't quite as easy.