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04-29-2011, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by phillyfanatic View Post
I thought Homer did OK going Meszaros before free agency. He tried Hamhuis, he got O'D......he likely didn't see anyone else he was getting, so get it done. If you wait until Hamhuis signs in Vancouver, Michalek/Martin sign in Pittsburgh, etc - then we are looking at Meszaros as our only option, and then maybe it costs a first?

Either way, we got a top 4 defenceman for 4 years for a 2nd round pick which is going to be at or near 60, so not bad value. I understand your point however, and the perfect option would be to get that D-man in free agency and keep that 2nd. As much as I like Mez, I would have been very much in favor of a top 4 quality D-man at a similar cap hit for no assets.
They were not getting a 1st for him... frankly, I'd be shocked if they could have gotten better than our 2nd. That was a straight cap dump from TB's perspective, and everyone knew it.

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