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07-05-2008, 11:59 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Miami, FL
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On Bernier: I guess I should stick to my guns on him. I was against acquiring him last year at the deadline due to his inconsistency and for his stupidity on the ice. However, I do think he is a reasonable gamble at a 2nd and 3rd round pick due to the amount of qualities he could bring to our team - physicality, size, and scoring.
On Poile: Yesterday's trade could have been a bang-bang trade. The circumstances on the two acquisitions by Buffalo, lead me to believe that it might have happened relatively quickly. My remarks had nothing to do with Poile doing a poor job, but more to reflect how quickly and unexpectedly the trade went down.
I'm not going to pretend I'm "Mr. In the Know" when it comes to all things GM, but my company does a lot of work for the Panthers. I've actually spoken to a member of the Panthers front office about the issue of alerting other teams about who is available. He said that the players and teams have very strong, mobile networks that get word out quickly.
And that there is usually a lot of lead time in a trade. He said there wasn't a formal marketplace, but that the informal network was used in every single trade because "you owe it to your team to find the best deal possible" and that agents are constantly gaming the trade market in an attempt to steer their clients to more desirable destinations.
Based on the short conversation, I got the impression that bang bang trades are rare and that trades that happen without most of the league knowing are even more rare and create a stir. If you follow the NBA, you'll know of one such stir when the Lakers acquired Gasol for what one noteworthy coach felt was below market value.
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