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05-06-2009, 12:54 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by
Both comments are right, though I suspect Stephen is trying to be an ass in the process.
Trade wouldn't be done from either sides.
Well, reality is often painful.
Dipeitro is owed a boatload of money, something to the tune of $50 million +, is chronically injured and will probably not be a useful long term investment for any sane NHL franchise. Plus his contract is toxic to a cap sensititive team. And as rich as MLSE are, I can't see them paying a guy $50 million + for over a decade to play in the AHL, because that would destroy Dipietro's career (if he can play).
Just based on the money factor alone, the first overall pick is probably not enough of an incentive for anybody to take on that kind of a burden.
Seriously, getting the first overall for Toronto would be equally crippling as it would be beneficial. The Isles on the other hand would be absolved of the worst contract in NHL history just like that.
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