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11-20-2009, 02:59 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Washington is a contending team and are not rebuilding so they'd want roster players instead of two average prospects +picks. Thats pretty basic I think.
Bad or average teams with aging and declining players need picks to rebuild while good young and rising teams need veterans and proven talent to support their young stars and plug holes. Obviously aging teams can be good and keep their core (this is what Gainey did until this year) and young teams can be bad (which means they can continue trying to get young players). Decisions that don't fall within this logic are usually failing ones. Regardless of the age of their group teams due to make the playoffs also try to get roster players in exchange of picks. In this case it makes no sense that we get the star player, Washington might go deep in the playoffs and we might miss them.
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