Thread: Speculation: Hartnell vs Umberger
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10-15-2010, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by chaosof99 View Post
Completely wrong question. This wasn't Hartnell vs. Umberger, but Lupul vs. Umberger. Hartnell was already signed to a long term contract when the team had to make that decision, plus he had a career year the year after Umberger left.

I do think it was a mistake though, since I believe Umberger to be a better player than Lupul, a better playoff performer (yes, I do know about Lupul 4 - Oilers 0) and probably would have cost us less. Then again Holmgren was it that gave Lupul his contract so that point may be moot. Alas, neither is on the team anymore, and the Pronger Trade Bait worked out fine so far.
Lupul wasn't trade bait to Anaheim. If anything, we gave them the extra 1st round pick to take his salary off our books.

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