Was the Pronger Trade Worth it?
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07-07-2010, 06:25 PM
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How am I in any way making it out like a deadline acquisition, by putting it in the terms of the Stanley Cup? Those can be the stakes at any point with a trade. If Holmgren didn't believe that we were close to winning the Cup then the deal he made is completely unjustifiable.
We do not have him for the long haul... we have him in the waning years of his career and the chances are that in the next couple of years we'll begin to see a noticeable decline (already is a decline from his peak years if you ask me).
We have cap problems as is right now, you want to up his cap hit and think that's a good idea? Sure, that's more logical if you treat Pronger in the vacuum. But, again, that trade was about winning the Cup NOW, so you want to lower his cap hit a bit to help facilitate the short term.
Because you put it in terms of the Stanley Cup in YEAR ONE, when he will be here for the duration of his career. Is he at the peak production/physique he was at in St Louis when he was winning the Norris and Hart Trophies? No. Is he as effective or more effective than he was in 2007 hoisting a Cup with Anaheim? I believe so, yes.
As for the cap hit, yes, I believe it would have been more logical to have a $6M cap hit for four seasons than a $6.25M for one season and a $5M for SEVEN more, however it's a moot argument because on shorter terms the cap hit would probably have been more like $7M+ which makes it much harder to justify.
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