"The peaceful energy around here helps out," Johnson said with a grin.
So did a chat with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, who reassured the rugged defenceman it was nothing personal.
"He said, 'This is a thing where you have to give up something of great quality to get something of great quality. This is no reflection of what we saw in you as a person or a player,'" Johnson recounted. "I totally understand."
More talks about the tradeadline.
"Any time you’ve got a market with lots more buyers than sellers, you’re dealing with a lot of price inflation," said Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher,
A good article over at the Copper and Blue regarding the trade deadline. He talks about the rumors that accompany this time of year.
Nailing a trade rumor is akin to breaking the biggest scoop in hockey - in the rush to be the first, fans will repeat a rumor sourced from anywhere. Combine a couple of hundred thousand rumor-mongering fans and the NHL trade deadline makes the National Enqurier seem like the New Yorker.