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03-09-2004, 03:40 PM
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Slats put us in a very good position

The Canucks would not have been able to sign Umberger. He is from Pittsburgh, so we can play the angle of having him play with Jagr, which was probably a dream of his to get him signed.

Providing that happens we have the option of keeping him or trading him to Pittsburgh in a package for the #1 pick, providing Pittsburgh gets it. What better way is there to get fans in the building than to have a hometown kid playing for the big club. That is the only chance that we could pry that pick out of Pittsburgh.

Worse case scenario, we don't sign him and get the 2nd rounder and the "goon".

Best case scenario we win the lottery, and sign Umberger and get a tough d-man.

And all it cost us was an ufa.

Great trade!

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