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12-27-2011, 07:01 AM
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Da Costa signed in Ottawa most likely because Ottawa was in a position to play him immediately, and with the team starting a rebuild, appeared to have a need for a second or third line center.

However with the emergence of Smith, the acquistion of Turris, and Zibanejad on the horizon, Da Costa's opening has all but closed for the time being with Ottawa.

At this point in time, should Murray decide to trade Da Costa to a team with an immediate need, rather than leave him in the AHL, future free agents would be more likely to see the trade as positive not negative.

Any player striving to play in the NHL realizes trades are part of the business, most players appreciate a trade that enhances their opportinity to play in the NHL.

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