Cam Barker can’t help but wonder what might have been.
Drafted by Chicago and having spent the last four years with the Hawks, the Winnipegger was traded to Minnesota in February, robbing him of a chance to join his talented teammates on a run at the Stanley Cup.
This morning, Barker, back at his Chicago home, can only watch as his former teammates parade the Cup through the downtown streets of the Windy City.
“I would have loved to have been there,” he told the Sun, Thursday. “But that’s not the way it goes all the time. It’s part of the business. I’m thrilled to be in Minneapolis now, and things are going great. It’s so amazing to see them win it and be able to have that experience.”
Barker played 51 games with Chicago this season, just 19 with the Wild, and admits part of him remains a Blackhawk.
“I went through a lot with all those guys,” he said. “Some of my best friends are on that team. Part of you, whenever you get traded, you always feel for your old team or are checking up on your old team.
“It’s great to see a lot of families could come down and experience it with them. That’s what makes it the most special. I’m absolutely thrilled for all my buddies. It’s something they’ll never forget.”
Barker’s already spoken to some of those friends, and says they’re amped about the way the city will react.
He got a taste of that as soon as Wednesday’s game ended.
“The city was crazy for about two hours after the win. Every single car was just honking its horn.”
Having gone as far as the conference final with the Hawks last year, Barker can only imagine how exhausted his ex-teammates are.
He plans to see a lot of them this weekend, and even get an up-close look at the Cup.
But, practising the same superstition as most NHLers, he won’t lay a finger on it.
“It’s a no-no unless you win it,” he said.