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07-22-2010, 08:50 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
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most contending teams make trades at deadlines to make them better. you are telling me you would have no intrest in a 1st that could be used to make you better at the deadline?
no, I would have no interest in a 1st to upgrade at the deadline, if it meant downgrading right now.
What we have with Raymond is a perfect fit for our team needs. He has chemistry on his line, plays in every situation, is productive and brings a lot of speed, which is what Gillis has been trying to build in Vancouver.
Why would you downgrade on a player that fits now, to acquire a more expensive player that doesn't bring the same intangibles that make Raymond that perfect fit, just so you can add a piece to upgrade your lineup again during the season?
not to mention, you haven't really thought this trade through, since the trade you proposed would have the Canucks at the salary cap anyways, and would have no room to upgrade at the deadline.
but in the end even if you have that cap space, wouldn't it make more sense to just keep Raymond (who's cap hit isn't going to be any higher than Lupul's anyways), and just use your own 1st rounder to upgrade the lineup - and have a better lineup in the process? or they could use one of several prospects they have (Schroeder? Shirokov? Rodin? Connauton? Sauve? etc).
bottom line, unless you're getting back a better player than Raymond at a comparable salary (assuming he gets around $3-3.5mill) that fits the current structure, it makes no sense to move him.
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