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07-06-2010, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by DUHockey9 View Post
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.
I understand what you're getting at, but in the salary cap era not every move can be made with winning in mind. When Chicago traded Buff to Atlanta I doubt they said this trade will make us better at some point, they made the trade because they had to.

Now when it comes to the Pronger deal the Ducks traded him to clear cap space, but Anheim found themselves in a good position since teams are always willing to pony up a monster return on a HOF player.

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