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12-11-2010, 12:33 PM
Johnny Hoxville
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Originally Posted by Pacem View Post
Thats wrong. It was/is pretty evident that Gio and Stralman were battling for the same spot on the team (offensive dman). Gio won the spot we kept him and moved Stralman. If we didn't move one of them we would have lost one of them for nothing. Its pretty obvious that we kept the right player. Sutter did not waste an asset. It was a good move to bring in competition and clear cap space in one trade. He allowed the players to dictate who would and wouldn't make the team and then turned the player who lost out into a draft pick. It was good asset management. We were not going to get rid of Pardy and keep both Gio and Stralman. The only guy who could have pushed Pardy off the roster last year was Pelech.
I will not dispute anything that you say, because yes it is obvious now that we did keep the right player if a decision had to of been made between the 2. I just think that Sutter should of found a way to keep Stralman on the roster. Last year we had Dion, Bouw, Regehr, Sarich and Gio. Then we had Pardy and Stralman competing for the 6 and 7th spots on defence. Stralman would of easily been the best choice to have for our 6th defenceman. Pardy did just sign a new contract so moving him would of made no sense, but he could of occupied the 7th spot. Sutter later in the season traded for Johnson so he obviously felt we needed more depth on our defence last year, so why not would of he kept Stralman around?

I do not think it had to of been one or the other between Stralman or Gio. Stralman is a right handed shot and Gio is left, and Stralman's current cap hit is 1.95 million which could easily fit under our current cap. As of today I would of rather of had Stralman over White, Babchuk, Staios and Pardy. And I think for his offensive upside alone I would rather have him over Sarich as well. We traded Stralman for a 3rd round which is a bit low, I think his value is that of a 2nd round pick. Basically I would of rather of kept Stralman in the organization rather than lose him for a 3rd round pick.

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