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08-02-2009, 10:29 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.
Regardless, it was horrible asset management. You trade a top pairing defenseman for a guy who more often than not probably shouldn't be in the lineup.

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