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01-07-2010, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by The Inebriator View Post
A little context is needed when looking at this trade. Timonen was the best UFA defensemen available that season, and as you said was probably paid right on what he was going to get in the open market. What really helped was the ability to be sure they would have him before UFA began. After the season that we had, it was NOT AN OPTION to put up a record like that again from ownership and management's perspective, and the team absolutely needed a top flight defensemen. It was the cost of doing business. A first round pick for two good players under contract was not much to pay at the time for the benefits it gave the team

As for Hartnell being overpaid, I disagree. He was the youngest UFA ever and his skillset was rare. I think he easily would have grabbed 4.5 on the market
The problem is, even if those players had not agreed to terms before they hit UFA, the Flyers still would have lost the first rounder.

What, exactly, was Hartnell's skill set? He's a 20 goal banger/agitator who takes a lot of stupid penalties. Ryan Malone is a better, albeit slightly older player, who has a similar cap hit.

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