The problem with trading MDZ
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02-27-2011, 12:04 PM
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Youth for Age trades like MDZ for Brad is exactly what got us in trouble in the mid-90s.
We need to not do this. I am not convinced we need Brad. Not because of his skill, but because of his age. The Rangers won't win the Cup the next couple of years, and who knows if Brad will still be an elite center in a few years. Meanwhile, MDZ is the only offensive blueliner in the system.
I remember everyone hated Zubov after the 1995 playoffs when he played poor defense, so we traded him for Robitaille. How did that work out?
I am also opposed to wasting pucks on McCabe and Antropov. Who knows what those picks would become.
Look, Horak was a 6th rounder and I would take a prospect like him over any rental.
I think youre comparing apples and oranges with the Zubov trade. The way I remember it, the Flyers wore Zubov out physically. Just punished him relentlessly. The entire league came to snap judgement and overreaction to the style those guys were playing, which caused all those mammoth size players like Cullimore and the like, while guys like Marty St. Louis were passing through waivers. I think they traded Zubov more because they felt he had a weakness that was going to be continually exposed by the increase in physical play, more than trading him for what they thought the return would be. As we all know, it was a mistake. Never should have been done. Too late now. I'd trade MDZ in a package for Stastny, not for Richards.
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