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10-26-2004, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Milbury
Sutherby and 2nd rounder for a top four dman is hardly overpayment. And, Sutherby, even at his most valuable, for a top four, is more than a bit of a reach. Torres, who always was a much better prospect, couldn't get Janne on his own.

As much as it pains me to say, I recall the proposal being Sutherby for Ninimaa straight-up.

This seems to bear that out:

"Actually, word is Lowe made a pitch to get the big centre, drafted 26th by Washington in June 2000, at the NHL's trading deadline March 11 by dangling Janne Niinimaa, but GM George McPhee apparently said, "No thanks." "

Frankly, salary must have been a factor, or the Caps must absolutely have a mad-on for Sutherby, as they had (and have) a pressing need for decent defensemen.

Agreed that it isn't overpayment.

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