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10-30-2010, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by JLHockeyKnight View Post
Upshall wasn't dealt because of cap space, it was for projected cap space. He was undoubtedly going to want more money the following year and for a 3rd line player it wasn't worth it when you could get someone like Carcillo to do that role. We essentially traded him as a rental to Phoenix.

On top of that it's probably better for him. Phoenix has a lot of young guys and Upshall is getting 1st/2nd line minutes over there. For his career it was a great move.
For the next season, they gained less than $400K. Upshall was making $1.2? I think? and Carcillo was $893+. Of course Upshall was going to want more money, but you cross that road when you get to it. Phoenix was out of it, so they weren't jumping through hoops trying to find a scorer for the rest of the season.

And I don't buy the "he was going to be a 3rd liner." This is an organization who wants their 3rd line to be as potent offensively as the first two. Around that time, they had Giroux and Powe on the 3rd line, so in actuality they should have needed Upshall's scoring (although he wasn't doing much if it either).

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