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02-22-2011, 09:49 AM
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Agreed. Both sides have valid points.
I would like to say that other than the Forsberg trade - the other two trades were far from bold. The Forsberg trade was an over the top, lets go for it move. The Witt deal was poorly made and telegraphed for months. It was also filling a gaping hole on the team that Poile refused to address in the off-season and entire season up to that point. The Fisher move is similar to the Forsberg trade in that it is a 'go-for-it' type deal, but it is also a move that has been more than necessary for months as our injury riddled team has been lacking at least one scorer, probably two, the entire season.
THat's the funny thing about all of this. Dulz will bring up and rip Poile for the Forsberg trade at EVERY SINGLE opportunity because we gave up a good third liner\average second liner and a bust defensive prospect for a guy that came in and scored 15 points in 17 games, gave the team instant credibility, and outperformed most of the other "invested" veterans in his short time here. Somehow the Hossa trade is brilliant, but the Forsberg deal was a farce.
I'll give you that the Pens obviously went further that year, but Hossa only had to play a part. His supporting cast did their work. Forsberg came here and also played his part...the difference is that the supporting cast didn't. If anyone can maybe be called out for the blowup that year, it's Trotz...but not Poile.
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