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04-24-2011, 01:28 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Some people need to understand the difference between trading a player because he's not valuable to the team, and trading a player in order to maximize return.
Anisimov is already a valuable player and will almost certainly get better. The question is will he get
better. Personally I don't think he will, for reasons already stated. He's a player who does a lot of things well, but nothing exceptionally. He's not fast, he's not terribly creative with the puck, he's too easy to knock off the puck for a guy his size, and he takes a long time to get his wrist shot off. Those are all valid concerns.
Bottom line is that in order to acquire top-end talent in a trade, you need to give up real assets. I know everyone is hesitant to give up homegrown players, including myself, but sacrificing a guy who projects as a #2/3 center is not the end of the world.
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