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12-09-2010, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by MVW View Post
It was a bad trade no matter which way you shake it. If Stuart would of been under a multi year contract then that would of been a huge difference and then it would of been a good trade and the asking price would of likely been the same.

Stuart > Ference
Kobasew > Primeau

Stuart never really looked that happy to be traded here. Sutter should of realized the likely hood of him resigning here was slim, hell 3/4's of fans in the city knew he was goner after the season, you would think Sutter would of known the same. I will give Stuart credit for going about his business and doing a good job on the ice when he was here. The reason I think it was a bad trade was Ference and Kobasew were 2 of our better younger players on the roster at the time, and we traded them away for a rental and an old 4th line grinder. Another typical Sutter move which hurt the Flames in the long run. If you think the trade was so good, ask yourself do you honestly think Sutter would repeat the trade knowing Stuart would walk away at seasons end? Not a chance he would. And the prospects that we now have that you mentioned could end up being very good, but by the time they are ready to make an impact on the Flames it will be 6-8 years from the time Ference and Kobasew got dealt.
Everyone and their mother knew Stuart was going to sign in California in the off-season... it was widely documented he was going to for family reasons... but he did waive a NTC to accept a trade to Calgary so don't give me that not happy to be here crap...

the bottom line is win or lose we took a chance to win in that trade... we went for it without giving up a 1st like so many other teams do at the deadline... you obviously have zero understanding that a deadline deal is made to try and win now and should be looked at in that sense... and at the time... Stuart/Primeau > Ference/Kobasew... Stuart was an impact player for us in the playoffs... neither Ference nor Kobasew would have been... that alone makes it not a bad trade... and adding the fact we landed TJ Brodie with the pick IMO makes that trade a win for us...

you seem to seriously overvalue Ference and Kobasew if you think this is a bad trade... we traded an average #5 defenseman and a borderline 2nd liner who sucked defensively for a highly sought after top 4 defenseman and a very good checker who finally gave us some size down thte middle... to call this trade bad shows a serious lack of understanding how deadline deals work...

but then again you trashing any move the Flames make shouldn't be surprising... you would find a way to say the Kiprusoff trade sucked if it meant you can bad mouth Sutter

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