: Bill Meltzer:
Best/Worst Trades and Playoffs OT goals
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08-21-2011, 06:15 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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The Oates trade was pure panic, even if it was trading picks in a weak draft. That was bad for us, but for the Capitals to essentially get nothing out it...might have been worse considering they did nothing with it.
It was a big shock at the time, but the signals were there that Ouellet was going to amount to nothing special. Niittymaki caught up to him, and the Caps took another goalie in the 2nd round of that draft (not that that matters as much now, but looking from afar back then it seemed strange).
Technically that's not true, I believe one of the picks that they acquired was used to move up and pick Alexander Semin, so they at least got something out of it.
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