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01-10-2012, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by handtrick View Post
The "playing it safe" Poile is his hesitancy to trade accumulated assets for the what players feel we need for the present. This belief by the players may go directly contrary to the long term health of the franchise, but that is where the impasse occurs. This is the main reason this franchise doesn't yo yo like most others do.
His "playing it safe" doesn't seem to apply to giving homegrown talent the contract they deserve or even more than they deserve when ownership opens the purse.

The last time Poile "traded for what we currently needed" was the Forsberg deal which he did with a gun to his head and proved to be a poor decision. When Poile does something against his nature and he gets burned, no surprise he doesn't go that direction again.
He went after Kessel but that didn't pan out. There's not much telling how deep he was in the Carter and Richards trade talk this past summer. Fisher was a "right now" move that while not flashy, did fill a need. Eventually we get into that great unknown of how much is Poile, how much is the budget, and how much is just looking at the market and seeing that many of the potential deals just aren't the right moves for the cost.

He could have always gone after Uppie at $3.5mil per season.

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