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03-19-2010, 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Vaasa View Post
Let's hope. But given DW's past trades, being a top prospect for the Sharks just means he's more likely to peddle you for some aging over the hill geezer that he thinks "will bring leadership to the room" and who "knows how to win". Except that they never do on the Sharks.

Why would he trade Boyes? Who was arguably one of the better center prospects at the time in the whole league. Yet DW pawned him off for a lower-tier 2nd liner / decent 3rd liner in Brown. DW makes ******** trades, it's his specialty.
Revisionist history.

Boyes at the time was not one of the better center prospects in the league. He was a potential 2nd-line center. People were comparing him to a pre-San Jose Alyn McCauley.

DW wants to give his team the best chance to win. The Brown trade didn't do much to help this team, but the fact that he traded away a prospect that wouldn't have made the SJ roster for a chance at a SC is commendable.

Collecting shiny prospects does nothing to help you win. Your idea of how to win a Cup is ridiculous; as if that is what all great teams do, maintain a roster from year to year until 5-10 years later that same roster wins a cup. Every successful roster makes changes. Huges changes sometimes. Heck, Pittsburgh's only constants are Gonchar, Malkin, Crosby, Staal, and Fleury. They traded Esposito and got Hossa; I am sure you thought that was a horrible trade, yet that trade got them to the SC final and gave the team valuable experience.

DW's mistake in my estimation has been building a core surrounding Joe Thornton, who will never win us a cup. But what he is doing, every year trading non-essential pieces for complementary players that can help this team win a cup is the right strategy.

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