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Tomas Kaberle for Jaroslav Spacek - Part II
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12-09-2011, 05:40 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
I've made a few jokes about this trade but I didn't really give my thoughts on it. It took me a while to digest it.
My spin on Gauthier's thinking
1) One way or another Gomez will not be here next year. Either he got word from Molson that if he's unable to trade him by the end of the season, he'll allow a buy=out or a promotion to Hamilton.
2) Or Gauthier figures he can probably trade Gomez because of the pay-out versus cap hit. And if he isn't able to trade him then look at option 1.
3) Gauthier looked Kaberle's stats and took a calculated risk and hopes he's getting the Kaberle of a year or two ago - someone who was compared to a healthy Markov.
4) Offensively he's better than Spacek, althought Space goat is better defensive. It's a trade off that Gauthier is willing make.
I think this is trade that can turn out to be a great trade at best and at worst it's a lateral trade.
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