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10-06-2003, 07:03 AM
wasting time
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Originally Posted by wasting time
OK, That's a really bad trade for Carolina, sorry Canes fans for suggesting it -- but how can you justify Kondriatev staying up? His game was not nearly as good as Coli's in either end of the ice, he is not as strong a passer, makes more mistakes, is not more physical, and not as good a skater? Plus, Coli is a real asset on the PP - Kondri is less so.
Plus, he was a lower draft pick - which has those political implications.

My theory is that Coli is considered the future key guy, the Leafs know they are very deep on D prospects, and Kondriatev is being featured as part of a package for a top 4 guy now. If they sent him back to Russia he offers much less value in trade fodder.

I have to admit - Bell being sent down in the first cuts was also pretty strange for me. Do you think Bell was being sandbagged to feature Kondriatev? Did you know that of all the prospects entering camp Barry Trapp said that Bell had the greatest liklihood of making the team? how did his stock fall so far after only 1 game in Sweden? He was the CHL Defenman of the year, and had a better year than did Coli (albeit Coli was slightly injured).

Things that make you go hmmmm....

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