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06-06-2010, 11:59 AM
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Whoever suggested trading Gaborik and Lundqvist for the #1/2 this year is crazy.
First of all, these are your best players with which you build a team around. Yes, you can start from scratch and try to pull a major overhaul/rebuild, but then you probably turn into the Isles. They have been rebuilding for how long now? Look what they have to show for it.
The islanders are a bad comparison because they only spend to the cap floor. I agree that there's no way Hank or Gabby get traded, but it's not as crazy as you think. I'm not saying I'd advocate doing it, and we probably couldn't get both the 1st and 2nd overall for them (given their cap hits, unless we are taking significant contract back), but you have to consider the idea that it may be a few years before we are able to surround them with the necessary talent to win. They won't be old by then, but they won't be young either.
Both have 4 years left on their contracts. Depending on our situation in that final year, it may end up being in our best interest to trade one or both of them. I don't think we're that far off though. I think we have some good young players coming up. They just need time to mature. And we need to fix our cap situation. 2 years from now we could be in a much better situation if we play our cards right and don't overspend.
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