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08-02-2009, 10:06 AM
Transplanted Caper
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Originally Posted by Courage View Post
Kubina is better at putting up points.

That said, you really aren't taking the whole picture into account. Even if we agree that Kubina is the better overall player, there's more to player value than on-ice abilities. In particular, Kubina's contract was an issue. Burke had a limited window in which to move him or face the potential that:

A) Kubina blocks yet another trade at the deadline.
B) Kubina - who will be 33 at the conclusion of the season - wants a pay raise and a similar contract to the one he's on at the end of the season.
C) Kubina walks and Burke has nothing to show for it.

I like Kubina, but I would've seriously considered moving him, too.
I would have considered a trade as well, but not for a stiff like Exelby who is, on a good day, a #6 defenseman at this point.

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