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08-24-2008, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by le_sean View Post
What's with this damn mentality on these boards? You do not trade a 25 year old centre who is currently your #1 centre for a prospect at the same position. We're talking about a proven player with a $1.6 million cap hit and is an RFA, not UFA, when his contract expires. It would be the dumbest move Gainey could make.

The point of signing Sundin is to win the Cup NOW. Trading Plekanec for a prospect makes this team worse than better. Keep him and worry about his contract later. Kovalev, Koivu, Tanguay are UFAs, they can afford Plekanec when he wants a raise.
This damn mentality is about playing for today while planning for tomorrow. It would be a party to have Sundin, Koivu and Plekanec as your three centers for a year. But then what? Let Koivu go next year? Let Plekanec get poached? Lose Komisarek to UFA?

But whatever with the salaries and the cap. I just disagree that trading Plekanec would make this team worse. IMO, Sundin is overall a big upgrade on Plekanec. There's also the outright additions of Tanguay and Laraques. And then there's another year of experience for all of the young players like Latendresse, O'Byrne, both Kostitsyns, etc. How would the team be worse next year? If Sundin signs, the team gets better and more experienced, and that's with or without Plekanec.

I don't see what's wrong with making a good trade for the future when your present circumstances give you the luxury to do so. Signing Sundin and trading Plekanec for a good return would be a net gain for this season and others into the future.

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