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02-26-2010, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Go Habs Go View Post
If the Habs get rid of Spacek and Hamrlik, they're not just going to dump them and sit still. Obviously they will replace them but replace them with another player who's not grossly overpaid.
How do you propose to do this? UFAs will cost the same amount, which makes the description of 'grossly overpaid' questionable. No team will give you a good young cheap D-man who can fill in a top-4 role next year -- at best you will get a Gorges type who'll get there in a couple of years. Trading for a vet on a cheaper contract will save little cap space and cost assets.

The Habs have Hamrlik and Spacek because they need them. And frankly, seeing as they're the first pairing and doing well in that role, I'm not sure why people are so hasty to dump them.

I don't really grok this widespread tendancy to want to trade away players to get rid of them. It's like cap space > NHL players in the HFBoards world.

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