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09-22-2003, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by FacelessButcher
posted by gags1288:
To Flyers:

To Oilers:
Jim Vandermeer

Oil gets a big talented centre with a decent goal scoring touch and Vandermeer depth d plus potential 4th d-man in the future. Philly get talented 2nd line center with goal scoring touch.
Is it fair?
This trade makes no sense for one reason, the Flyers have nothing to gain by it. They dump a pretty good young defenseman who gives them toughness that nobody else on their blueline brings. Additionally, How much of an upgrade is Comrie over Handzus, if any at all? Handzus scores, passes, wins faceoffs, kills penalties and is an excellent defensively responsible center who absolutely fits into Hitchcock's system like a glove.
So essentially the Flyers gamble Vandermeer in the hope that Comrie will be an OVERALL improvement over Handzus?
Another thing to remember is that the Flyers have drafted two young, talented OFFENSIVE centers in the first round this year. In two to three years they expect them to be better than Comrie. Now admittedly, seeing is believeing and draft picks don't always work out, but you know the Flyers are banking on it.

On the surface the trade may not look bad, but big picture wise it does not work.

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