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07-06-2010, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post

Anaheim did not trade Chris Pronger in an attempt to win a Stanley Cup. They traded him because of the salary cap, and to re-stock with players that might give them a shot at another down the road.

We did not trade for, say, Ville Leino with the belief that it was him that was going to put us over the top.

We DID trade for Chris Pronger with that understanding and justification for paying the ransom that we did.
Every trade is made with the intentions of making the team that you can then win the Stanley Cup.

It's just a matter of how directly it would affect such a goal. A trade for Pronger is directly filling a massive weakness with an incredible player. A trade such as Upshall and a 2nd for Carcillo isn't necessarily filling a huge need, but it's getting you the minuscule amount of capspace you need to keep Giroux up, who is deemed to be integral in the team's attempts at winning the cup.

All trades come down to winning. Sometimes trades are made with the primary goal of obtaining, picks, prospects, or cap space. Some trades are made with the intent of "putting you over the hump" it still all comes down to winning.

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