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05-22-2004, 10:25 AM
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boy, that's not good deal for edmonton. they trade a 21:00 a game defenseman who can handle the minutes to move up 6 spots in the draft? from what i've read there are no nhl ready players below #2 in this draft.

why would edmonton do that? while edmonton may not want to carry smith at $2.3m(which what they will have to qualify him at). deal just doesn't make sense to me. they lose two players(a top defenseman and the #14 pick) for the #8pick. is there a player at #8 that is worth a respected top 4 defenseman much less the other 1st rounder?

Wouldn't edmonton be better off by trading Smith to Washington for the Capitals first pick in the 2nd round, #33, or even one of the Caps last first round picks...26th or 29th? If they traded Smith to Washington for Detroit's first round pick, the Oilers have the #8 & #29 picks. Doesn't that make more sense?

That's a deal that makes some sense. The Capitals have 3 first round picks. they currently have 2 second round picks, but with a comp pick from calle johansson signing as a free agent and choosing not to sign draft choice jonas johansson, the caps may have 4 picks in the 2nd round. The Capitals will be needing to add two solid nhl defenders.

using one or a combination of those picks to get one of those players makes sense as long as the player is not a financial mistake. jason smith at $2.3m seem reasonable.

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