When the Blackhawks traded Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager to the Thrashers Wednesday, many fans and insiders viewed it as a necessary, yet painful move driven by salary cap pressures for the reigning Stanley Cup champs. Newbie fan Mike Johnston, however, was outraged.

“I’m totally pissed. Big Buff was my hero!” said Johnston. “I hadn’t really heard of him or most of the rest of the team until the start of this season and I finally learned how to pronounce his name in January. This is a total blow.”