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10-05-2003, 11:48 AM
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Big T
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Cupbound,

I agree that in the short run these trades look bad (Dougy Weight) but we have to keep in mind how this fits into the long term picture. Lowe has said all along that he is working on a team that will only see big results after the 2004 CBA. Trading proven talent for prospects only makes sense when you recieve multiple prospect for your talent (Reasoner/Deslaurier/Stoll) b/c some may not pan out. It is a lot easier to look smart if you don't have money issues as the Oilers due. If we're comparing Lowe to other GM's in similar situations you don't have any farther to look than South on HWY #2. Calgary's financial situation and position on the rebuilding curve are very similar to Edmonton's. Both teams peaked at approx. the same time in the late 80's early 90's and both have about the same population base. Both have to deal with CAN/US exchange rate and both are even geographically similar. Now if we're comparing this way Lowe looks pretty good compared to the previous Flames GM's. Just be sure you compare apples to apples when you say someone isin't pulling their weight.

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