The Meszaros Trade: Has it been worth it?
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03-05-2011, 09:06 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
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Bill Barber, as was documented at the time, came to Luce and Homer encouraging them to go after Carle when Tampa wanted to move him. Tampa just kept putting young guys in impossible roles - Carle was being asked, in his second year, to take over for 25 Min/game Dan Boyle, in a blockbuster trade. The argument was, here's a top 4 guy for the taking, we can't pass it up even though it will cause us cap problems later.
Eminger's acquisition is much bemoaned here, but it was in the same manner of trying to find someone who needed the right place to blossom. The gamble on Eminger, who played played Jr. with Richards and was top prospect. They investigated him heavily and decided to gamble on him. A first pick was probably too much to pay, but they had Sbisa and thought, if we can get Sbisa and player who is ready to join the roster, let's go for it.
In Eminger's defense, the whole team started badly, and his tentative play didn't help.
Downie's got his act together, good for him, but he burned his bridge in Philly and had to go.
Homer turned a failed experiment and a wayward prospect into a 22+ min/game top pairing dman who was only 23 or 24 at the time. What's not to like about that?
Sonce we mention Eminger and Sbisa, let's answer this: How good right now are those two, compared to what Philly has now. Ie, we know they are inferior to Prongs and Timo (tho perhaps not when considering age) but how do each of Eminger and Sbisa compare to Carle, Meszaros, and Coburn?
If those two were in Philly lineup now, would they push any of those three to the press box? Would they slot into second pairing , third pairing. or would they themselves be sitting?
Lemme start the speculation: Eminger is not that good and at best he would compete with O'Donnell for the 6th spot?
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