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12-15-2005, 12:14 PM
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This has been gone over again and again. Ellison was traded for because he could be sent down to the minors where Sharp would have to clear waivers to be sent down. IMO, the trade really broke down this way:

Meloche for Ellison
Sharp for a 3rd.

If you remember Sharp was a 3rd round pick. Clarke probably believes he can get a player equal to Sharp in talent in the upcoming draft. With the number of young guys we have on the team, and those on the way, I think Clarke believed he could back up just a little. If Ellison develops into what Sharp is 2 years from now - great, but he just gained us cap space. Sharp was not going to fit once we get healthy. Umberger has made Sharp expendable. Just look:

Gagne/Forsberg/Knuble
Handzus/Richards/Radio
Umberger/Carter/Sim
Kapanen/Primeau/Stevenson

In essence with Sharp we had a 5th line:
Brashear/Sharp/Savage

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