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12-02-2011, 01:25 AM
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Wins from the Sherman Regime:
The Winnik Trade -
A steal for a 4th rounder. If we're going to **** on Sherman for letting bottom 6ers go we should give him credit for bringing in a great one for next to nothing.

The EJ/McClement/Siemens trade -
EJ is a top pairing Dman for us, he makes everybody's elses job easier as evidenced by the resurgent season Quincey's having and the breakout seasons Wilson and O'Brien are having. Those guys would've been playing over their talent levels on previous Avs squads but with EJ they have been shielded from playing top pairing minutes.

McClement has been phenomenal and has been instrumental in Radar's break out year since he lets O'Reilly actually play a two-way game and not focus solely on defense and PK. Without McClement there's just no way we'd be seeing this kind of offensive out put from Radar, the same way Staz shielded Dutchy the past two years.

Siemens has as much raw talent as anyone in this trade not named EJ.

The Varly trade
The Avalanche finally add a young cornerstone goaler who can become the franchise goaler this young core needs for when they'll be ready to contend in 2+ years. We paid a serious price for a serious talent and we've all seen just how much talent Varly has, now it's a question of waiting on him to learn how to eliminate the down games by polishing his technique.

Signing Kobasew
At this point this is a win. Earlier in the season when he was playing top 6 minutes Kobascrew was a disaster. But now that he's on a bottom 6 line with McClement he's really flourishing as a grinder. The guy's really flying around the ice, throwing his body around and creating turnovers.

The Mueller/Porter trade
Getting anything out of Wolski is a win, that something being 20 games of mueller and a good grinder doesn't negate that.

Signing O'Brien
He's having a really impressive season that's surpassing everyone's expectations, if Hejda having a bad year counts against Sherman, then O'Brien having a good one counts for him.

Trading for Quincey
Quincey's really playing well as the third dman. No longer expected to perform at a top pairing level Quincey is just going out and playing good hockey. He's been notably worse since losing EJ has pushed him into a position beyond his skillset, but still with the season he's having he's a great addition for a cap dump.

O'Byrne trade
O'Byrne has given us a steady big guy who isn't awful out there and was really good last season covering for Liles.

Flash Trade
Turning Hannan, who'd been really mediocre for us, into 20 some games of PPG play from Flash was a great move that didn't work out ultimately due to Flash's health, but the trade is still a win for what we got out of him last season next to Dutchy.

Letting our great scouting group do their thing is another win.

Was that list really all that productive? Is the only reason it wasn't helpful to the discussion because it's of the opposing viewpoint?

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