During his intermission interview during last Friday’s game in Washington, newly acquired forward Niclas Bergfors was asked his thoughts about being traded the day before from the New Jersey Devils to the Thrashers.
Incorporated in his response was the phrase, “It is what it is”.
To be honest… Johnny Oduya, who also came to the Thrashers in the deal that sent Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey, as well appeared less-than-thrilled with the transaction. Oduya and Bergfors both looked like soldiers who had just been re-assigned from a base in Key West, Florida to somewhere in Siberia. Oh, they were polite and all…gave the customary “Want to help my new team succeed” kinda responses…but there wasn’t a whole heckuva lot of joy plastered across their faces in doing so.
Yesterday during a brief interview on NHL Live, heard on XM’s Home Ice Channel, Bergfors was asked the same question and he again used the “It is what it is” line a couple of times…hardly a ringing endorsement of the situation he finds himself in.
“It is what it is” is a phrase that pretty much means, “I don’t like the situation…I would rather not have to deal with…I do not care for the circumstances I find myself in…but I accept the fact that there is nothing I can do about it and so I’ll tough it out”.
I use it quite a bit myself, much to the dismay of the Divine Mrs. R. She normally hears me use the phrase after asking what I thought of the latest chick flick I was forced to endure with her.
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Now, one can understand why Bergie and Johnny might be somewhat disappointed in last week’s transaction. They were sitting atop the Atlantic Division with the Devils and certainly on the way to post-season play. In Bergfors case, New Jersey was the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2005 and Oduya was leaving the only NHL team he’d played for… even though Washington selected him back in 2001.
Then they learn they’re departing the “first class organization”…as Ilya Kovalchuk put it…to play for a team that is run by Donnie and the Great Octocluster. And with that comes no guarantee of playing beyond the scheduled 82 games.
“It is what it is” certainly could sum up one’s feeling given the situation.
But if Bergie and Johnny were in fact upset about the trade…they certainly have not allowed that to affect their play for their new team. Oduya has stepped in and made a big impact on the Thrashers blueline and Bergfors has hustled his butt off on the other end of the ice…taking eight shots on goal and scoring the game winner last Saturday against the Panthers. In doing so, both have shown a great deal of maturity and professionalism.
Those are qualities this squad needs as much as their talent… and it goes a long way towards winning over both your new teammates and the fans.
Ya know, if…if…IF…IF…the Thrashers are able to pull off a successful playoff run after the Olympic Break, it is entirely possible that New Jersey and the Thrashers could square off in a first-round matchup. The Devils currently lead the Atlantic Division and Atlanta could only hope for a low-seeded position in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
That would be interesting, eh?
And if…if…IF…IF…the Thrashers were to pull of the upset in that series, I could just imagine…while the two teams are going through the post-series hand shakes…as the two players pass, Kovy would remark to Bergfors, “So, who would have thought this would happen last February”?
Bergie could then look Ilya in the eye and reply with a smile, “Well you know…it is what it is”.