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08-02-2009, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Courage View Post
I don't think Burke looks at that trade as a player-for-player deal. It was a way of getting a contract and salary off the books to make room for players he thinks are better for the team in the medium and long-term. Exelby and Stuart weren't "throw-ins" exactly, but it's not as though Burke called up Atlanta looking to get his hands on Exelby at all costs.

I think that the contract issues I mentioned above probably did a lot to limit the market for Kubina as well. You're basically getting what might be a $5,000,000 one-year rental.
I read that Burke was interested in Exelby for a little while, even before the trade so yeah, it probably wasn't a throw-in.

I haven't seen Exelby play that much but if Burke wanted him I am interested to see what he has planned.

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