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10-22-2009, 11:40 AM
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I understand what you're saying, however, I'd rather take the chance of keeping him and seeing him bust and lose out on a potential trade. We're not talking about a Higgins-type of player. It's someone who can be your team's go-to player. You keep him, it's that simple. Let's say he has 50/50 chance of fulfilling his full potential (or bust), I still wouldn't want to trade him. Do you really want to take the risk of seeing him score 50 goals, and become a Habs killer (John Leclaire for example) for many years to come?

If we can land and sign (long-term) a proven star, then I'll be fine with trading Akost, but it's never gonna happen. Players like Akost always has the risk of not panning out, and other teams know that, so we are not going to get fair value back in return. I'm not okay with just getting something "valuable" in return, such as a borderline 2nd liner or 3rd line defensive player. We want to be a great team, and not an average team. To be great, you need to take risks, and I hope keeping Akost is one of the risks that the Habs are willing to take.
You fail to see the major difference in Leclair to AK, Leclair worked hard and knew what it took to win. AK doesn't have that same quality of commitment as Leclair did, AK wouldn't come back to haunt us and SK wouldn't either. They are two kids that are trouble on and off the ice and if they are fulltime NHLers elsewhere big deal, just get fair value for them and move on because they are not a big piece of the puzzle.

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