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07-20-2008, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Georgia Panther View Post
In the debate on whether and when to trade Bouwmeester, let's try to determine what Bouw would bring back at the deadline in trade as an impending UFA quality puck-moving blueliner. We need to look no further than the last trade deadline for a clue. Buffalo traded Brian Campbell and a 2008 7th round draft choice for a net gain of a 2008 1st rounder, a 2009 3rd rounder and a 2010 2nd rounder. Bernier was acquired from San Jose but he was a RFA which Buffalo either could not or choose not to sign and he was moved to Vancouver for the 2nd and 3rd round picks. So all Buffalo got for Campbell and a 7th round pick were the 3 draft picks. So, if the yield for Bouwmeester at the deadline is similar, which isn't so far fetched, would you be happy with a 2009 1st rounder, 2010 3rd rounder and a 2011 2nd rounder or would you prefer to trade him now?
Well, let's not spin things. Campbell got a 1st and Steve Bernier. What they did with Bernier after that is insignificant to this discussion. Bouw has more value than Campbell, both in the immediate term and also long term, if a team can lock him up. I'd be willing to bet a contender would risk trading a lot of young assets in the hope that they could possibly lock Bouw up long term. So maybe a 1st, a young player similar to Bernier's value/or a top prospect, and then either a top 3 d-man/ a top six forward/ or more picks like 2nds and-or mid level prospects.

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