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05-20-2010, 08:18 AM
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BigT2002
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Originally Posted by thespeckledkiwi View Post
And you're exactly what is wrong with this franchise.
You can have your opinion, but you are incorrect and I have a feeling more would be on my side than yours. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure the most negative poster in these boards which makes me question if you even care about what actually takes place or if what happens on the ice is the only thing you actually care about??

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Brunette is an asset that is an unrestricted free agent. We made the dumbest mistake of letting Nolan dictate where he wanted to go instead of trading him and getting help in the future.
The difference, and I was the only one VOCAL that the Nolan discussion and said Richards and Fletcher were playing favorites. I have also been someone who discussed we need to trade Burns if the price is right so we can get better and to stop playing home favorites. However, why don't you do a little research as to what Brunette and his family do for this community compared to Nolan and Burns. Once again, there is more to keeping a player for what they do to instill the team becoming one with their city and state. Do you like having players make personal appearances and sign autographs for kids? And before you say "you don't care" I sincerely hope you do not have any younger siblings, nieces/nephews/cousins/what have you, before you answer like that. Do you like having players on your team who come to play night in and night out because they don't want to let their fans down? Do you like having a player that I just said I would consider for a high 1st round, but I'm not going to lose a veteran player who is an extremely vocal player in the lockerroom, the ice, and in the press conferences for table scraps when he is less than a $3M caphit and can play 1st line minutes against 1st line talent still? Or would you like to have a team like the Yankees where everyone is only there for the money and the championship? If that is the case, please go be a fan of another team.

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Originally Posted by thespeckledkiwi View Post
This is what is wrong with the franchise.

Too many player simply walk away for nothing. Because they like it here (Rolston). Or because they mean so much to the team (Walz). And guess how much they brought back to this team when their contracts ended; nothing. Look at the fiasco Walz left us in.
We did get something for Rolston. Get your facts straight before you call people out. Walz retired and if you don't know why he retired, you once again are not a fan of this team and yet another fairweather fan who is inpatient with this team and wants the Stanley Cup now because as a state we "deserve" it.

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In the end, this team is a business. You have to remove personal opinions from the business in order to success. You can't become too attached to a player (O'Sullivan) that you end up making a mistake that can hurt this team (Gaborik).
And if you do it as a business you do not allow key assets who will still sign for a hometown discount to be traded for table scraps. If you want to bring Gaborik into the equation it was the fact that as a player he knew he had this team by the balls because he was the only one who could actually put the puck in the net consistently. Most true fans, knew this team needed to separate themselves from him because it was turning into a Pavel Bure in Florida. You lose one player, and the team fails....exactly what happened with us, the only difference is Koivu became everything we were hoping he would.

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Brunette is an asset. One of the only assets that the Wild have. You move him for the future of this team. He understands this is a business and that moving him helps this team, his friends' on this team, and the organization. If he wants to come back in some capacity when he retires, the door is always open.
When was the last time you allowed someone into your front office that you traded away that didn't want to? DR already admitted he should of never let him leave during the lockout for Colorado in the first place. You still need continuity for your organization. If you don't, you have teams like the Islanders who just run around aimlessly.

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But right now, the Wild can't be mired in what is good for this team now when now is mediocrity. We need to be concerned about the future and Brunette, unless he has found a fountain of youth and can play for the next 3+ years, isn't going to be a factor in the future.
Once again, you are demanding we win the conference basically next year. Guess what...it isn't going to happen next year or the year after or probably the year after that. If you can't handle that, Union Center is only about 8 hours away.

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