Bryan Rodney was one of the few players on the Syracuse Crunch team bus who was paying keen attention to the Edmonton-Toronto game on the way back from a contest in Albany on Wednesday night.
“Funny thing is, the next day I get traded to the team I was watching,” Rodney said Thursday.
That would be Edmonton, where he was swapped exchange for center Ryan O'Marra. Rodney said he found out Thursday afternoon, when the Crunch got off the team bus after landing in Norfolk.
“I’m hoping for a fresh start there,” Rodney said. “Obviously, it wasn’t going well for us in Syracuse.
"I had a bad feeling from training camp with the way the organization was run. I’m not trying to sound negative. You were on your own from the get-go. You just never knew where you stood. It was just run a lot differently than I’ve ever seen before. It just wasn’t the right environment for me.”
“Different stuff. I’m hoping to move on. I’ll take responsibility. I wasn’t putting up the numbers, haven’t been playing as consistently as I have in the past.”
And his thoughts on the team’s struggles overall?
“Being a part of it the whole year, I know everybody put everything they could into it. I know the coaching staff was getting us ready every game. Nobody could really put their finger on why we weren’t doing well.”
But optimism remains.
“My prediction is the Crunch will be playing after the regular season ends.”