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11-26-2009, 04:13 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
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You're right. Toronto didn't necessarily sell high but we got the player we wanted and were able to recoup some picks in preparation for scouting some gems in a deep draft. Toronto no longer saw Jiri Tlusty as productive member of the roster given his sensitivity in a hockey mad environment and the ability to only play a perimeter game. We hope he finds success in Phoenix playing along-side fellow country-men Zbynek Michalek, Robert Lang, Martin Hanzal, Radim Vrbata & Petr Prucha.
From the Phx perspective we believe we got incredible value if you look at the deal and the players as they're playing today. But if a change of scenery helps Mueller find the 22-32-54 he put up as a 19-year-old rookie, Toronto might look like the big winner in a year or two. We simply could no longer wait for him to find his game.
Hagman has a great history with Tippett, is a great skater and two-way winger who fits our style and should step right in and contribute 20-25 goals a year. Tlusty also fits the style and has offensive upside. As we're looking like a bubble playoff team this year that is desperate for scoring help, we like our chances more of getting in with Hagman and Tlusty than if we kept waiting for Petey.
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