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04-24-2011, 06:44 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Gee, another "player X is at his highest value so we must trade him" thread. There is zero reason to trade Artie. He's only 22 and he showed significant improvement in his 2nd NHL season. He's not arbitration eligible, so his next contract will be on the low side still, which means he should be a very good value for the next 2 seasons.
This isn't the stock market. The whole buy low, sell high mantra doesn't work in the NHL, not when you are trying to build a team rather than a portfolio. Anyone you trade Artie for might provide more offense (and perhaps less defense), but they will undoubtably cost more. With the salary cap, you have to consider not just production, but production vs. cost.
Artie should reach 50 points next season. I think that's a reasonable projection. And he'll do it at less than 2 mil cap hit. Who are we trading him for that can provide that? No one.
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