Thread: Value of: Jake Gardiner to Toronto?
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05-31-2009, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by EucaLEAFtys View Post
Perhaps I didn't phrase my last sentence in that post quite as well as I could have.

It juat seemed to me that after the Whitney acquisition at the trade deadline that the Ducks were in a "win now" mode and that they could now use a younger guy like Stralman to help them get there.

Perhaps I was wrong in that assumption.
Yes and no. Around the deadline you could see the Ducks weren't thinking in the two dimensions of "rebuild" vs "win now". They felt some changes were due and needed to be made and they did so. Whitney's addition was a necessary move as they had the grand total of one defenseman (Pronger) signed for the 09-10 campaign at the time, so adding a defenseman under contract was a major concern. At the deadline they also added Wisniewski in return for Sami Pahlsson and two nice prospects from the Sharks for Travis Moen and Kent Huskins - if they were only focussing on a deep run right now, those are trades they probably would not have done. The Ducks are not trying to somehow squeeze in another run within some alleged "cup window" (a term I don't like very much), they try to be able to address needs while looking to stay competetive in the long run.

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