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07-20-2008, 11:44 AM
Dread Clawz
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Originally Posted by Georgia Panther View Post
Yeah, he helped them right away for all of 17 games then was traded because Buffalo couldn't or wouldn't sign him. Of course it matters what Bernier was traded for since you claim you can get players that can help you right away in a trade deadline deal involving an impending UFA defenseman. What this proves is what you get in such a trade are draft choices and impending free agents that are difficult to sign. Now if you want to play out the string on the Campbell trade for Buffalo they later traded the second rounder they received in the Bernier trade plus their own second rounder for 34 year old defenseman Craig Rivet. So they ended up, at the end of the day, getting a 34yo journeyman blueliner and a 1st rounder for an impending UFA puck moving defenseman who was fourth in points among all NHL blueliners. Bouwmeester was 24th in points by the way. Would anyone be happy, if at the end of the day, the Panthers traded Bouwmeester for that or possibly even less as Campbell was more points productive than Bouw by far?
How does it prove that you get impending free agents that are difficult to sign? That's an isolated case, doesn't mean we'd be getting back an RFA as well. Besides, Bernier had a poor season and didn't have much leverage in either negotiations or arbitration. Buffalo could have signed him easily, they're just cheap, their ownership is pennypinchers, that's common knowledge. That's why they didn't lock up Drury and/or Briere last summer. And that's why they didn't want to pony up for what Campbell was asking for, and traded him. We don't have that problem. Look at Horton, Weiss, Allen, Olesz. We're willing to lock up our young talent and aren't afraid to pay for it.

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