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05-14-2009, 04:23 PM
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The cost was the cost to dump salary. We couldn't have taken Guerin for a pick even if we wanted to, unless a deal for Nylander went through (which it obviously didn't).
Would you have traded Semin just to pick up Guerin? How about Poti + Morrisonn?
The only guy you could realistically expect to drop for Guerin without seeing a huge drop in on-ice effectiveness, maybe, is Fedorov, but the whole reason we paid him so much is for his locker room presence, especially in the playoffs. That would have been a non-starter.
So because McPhee painted himself into a corner, we should pat the guy on the back and say "good job"?!?!
There's a reason why some franchises do well year after year. It's called expecting excellence. Caps fans seem to have been beaten down so much over the years that it's now acceptable and even praised for doing an average job over a decade.
I'm not suggesting that McPhee is going to get fired, but this year is the make or break summer IMO. He either shows that he can make something happen with this roster, or he should be gone.
Final 4 or bust next year.
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