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02-28-2009, 09:19 PM
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Our pro scouts have not exactly been on fire lately. Samsonov for example?
I understand your point of view but I think Pronger is not what he was when the Ducks won the cup. Why would the Ducks move him instead of Niedermayer? Scottie has threatened to retire twice already and may do so at the end of this season. If I had to move somebody, with everything lse being equal, I would choose the younger, heavier hitting option every time.
Samsonov had a pretty good year before the Habs signed him, 23-30-53 in 74 games plus 15 in 24 playoff games...That's what the scouts saw. He just never clicked here. He had no chemistry with Kovalev and Carbo soured on him(see Ryder).
Bottom line, he makes a lot of money and won't win us a cup...I don't want to trade D'agostini/Pacioretty/Higgins plus McDonagh/Subban plus a 1st for him.
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