Lombardi Playing Tonight: Re-Evaluating the Trade?
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10-04-2011, 10:56 AM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Birmingham, AL
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A primary goal was to get rid of a contract that appeared to be dead weight at the time. Mission accomplished on that front. There is now financial and roster flexibility that wouldn't exist with those two contracts on the books which is a positive. If the right player becomes available, the money and ability to move players around is there to make the deal. If the right player doesn't come available, the team saves money.
The healthy player we shipped out appears to be the #7 d-man for the Leafs and health questions remain on the other. We didn't lose Scott Stevens and Gretzky ... we shipped out a bottom pairing d-man who we replaced from within and a guy who appeared wasn't going to play who we replaced, for now at least, with Smith while saving money and gaining roster flexibility.
Patience is a virtue, and needed to truly judge how this deal turns out. Right now it's way too soon.
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