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08-31-2011, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry44 View Post
The reason MPS is not getting traded is simple. His potential is too much for the Oilers to give up, but the fact he's still too unproven (not that I think he won't prove it) for a team to give up a king's ransom for him, to make it worth the Oilers' while.

It's the same reason we didn't want to trade JVR two years ago.
Very good point. They're almost identical in a lot of ways- both are 6'3 and 200 some pounds, both are excellent skaters for their frames, both have terrific offensive instincts.

They also had near-identical rookie seasons (although Paajarvi was a year younger):

Paajarvi- 80 GP, 15-19-34
JVR- 78 GP, 15-20-35

With that in mind, why wouldn't you trade an even more unproven asset like Couturier for a player like Paajarvi? You'd have two of the same player, a player your GM loved enough to sign to a huge contract.

Finally, to look at it from an Oilers point of view, regardless of the quality of this year's 8th overall pick, it hasn't exactly been a great spot to draft recently. Burmistrov, Glennie, Boedker, Hamill Mueller, Setoguchi, Alex Picard, and your own Braydon Coburn are the most recent players selected at that position. Would you, as Flyers fans, trade JVR for a 6'5 second-pairing defender and any one of those players? Heck, any two of those players? Couturier is a better player at the same age than any of them, to be sure, but you can surely understand the major risk involved. It has the potential to be a move that screws the Oilers for a long time.

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