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04-07-2005, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by gardebut30
why is it so hard to comprehend? bj's are not trying to contend next season. even if maclean thought they could, i don't think he'd take the longshot to make the playoffs, and if they did, take a first round exit. get real. handzus is a great player, but these trading partners don't work out. as a philly fan, sure, handzus and your 1st seems enough, but not to the bottom feeders. under a new cba, i think teams will respect their draft picks better.
Columbus already has their Iginla in Nash and their Kiprusoff in Denis. If they were to acquire Handzus and sign a star UFA defenseman, they'd have a good chance of making the playoffs. Columbus would have a young team with tons of hustle and vitality. You can't question hunger and desire. Handzus is a special player in terms of what he does. Suppose Columbus makes the trade and signs someone like Bryan Leetch...

Nash - Cassels - Zherdev
Sanderson - Handzus - Vyborny
Letowski - Marchant - Malhotra
Shelly - Svitov - Wright

Leetch - LaChance
Spacek - Klesla
Walser - Richardson


I would say they have as good as, if not better, a chance than the Edmonton Oilers.

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