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09-24-2003, 09:24 AM
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[QUOTE=LawnDemon]oiler fan here...

i agree that, based on performance over the last three years, the NYI won the deal. however, a deal has a longer lifespan than 3 years. for example, brewer has looked stellar in the preseason so far. if he can continue to improve at his current rate he "could" be a norris candidate someday. at the very least, he will emerge as a top ranked NHL defensemen.
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The tragic thing is, barring some radical change of fortune with a new CBA, Edmonton won't reap the fruits of Brewer's development either -- just like they had to trade Hammer, they'll have to move Brewer if he ever becomes *too* good for them to afford anymore. Hats off to Ryan Smyth for deciding he had enough $$$ and signing long-term for what is still a lot of money to everyone not in professional sports, movies or drug dealing but what is still less than he could have gotten elsewhere. Ironically, Hammer may be pricing his way out of NY now just like he did in Edmonton, although recent reports have been encouraging that isn't the case.

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