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10-28-2008, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by saillias View Post
I'm not keen on trade deadline deals for star players. We gave up Ference and Kobasew for Stuart, Primeau, a 1st round exit and having to sign Aucoin/Sarich in the off-season to replace the loss.

Also Campbell, Hossa, notice a trend? The teams that traded for them didn't win the Stanley Cup. SJ and Pittsburgh gave up a ton of good assets for these 2 players, but neither Hossa nor Campbell was retained.
I'm not necessarily advocating deadline deals but it's far too simplistic to point at teams not winning the cup as making those deals bad. Hossa was a huge part of getting the the Pens to the final. Only 1 team out of 30 gets the big prize so that simply can't be the only basis for success.

Plus a lot of championship teams include rental players - heck even the Wings went out and got Brad Stuart who was a fairly important piece of their cup puzzle...and at the time he was a pending UFA.

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