Trade Proposal: Anton Babchuk
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09-09-2009, 01:02 PM
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You don't overypay to a team with minimal leverage.
But what people aren't accounting for is that Columbus also has minimal leverage.
The irony of the trade debates of the last month or so is that we stomp our feet and say, "Hey, bud, we're not going to give you what you want because we're the ones taking the 'bad' contract!" as if we're the ones in the better position, but what is apparent is that Columbus really isn't in a better position (merely a different one) and is probably hearing that exact same thing.
Teams that are cutting salary don't want money in return and in order for Columbus to add salary it has to cut salary. Stalemate.
I'd like to believe that Howson has the freedom to make an addition and then try to address the issue of subtraction, if need be. I'd like to believe that.
But - and I realize that my Ehrhoff affection is threatening to bump TW-Brad Richards off the cover of HF Weekly - I think if that were the case, Howson would've traded for Ehrhoff (more well-rounded than Babchuk, more defensively reliable and already under contract).
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