Thread: Speculation: 2011 Acq./Rost. Bldg./Cap Part 4
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01-21-2012, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Halpysback View Post
How many teams have successfully reclaimed their own reclamation projects? Most successful ones have their teams spend years of frustration trying to get them started up and then the moment they're on a new team, boom. Turris is a perfect example from this year. Or looking back further, Latendresse and Pouliot each flipping a switch the moment they were traded. Jokinen and Vrbata same thing. People are psychologically dumb like that.

Ward for Ballard. Schultz part of the trade/to the hawks/to the minors. You don't think we'd be fielding a better team?
I want Ward and Schultz off the team. I guess if there were only two possible choices, keeping them or getting Ballard, I would choose Ballard. Those aren't the only two options. I want those players gone, and I want the team substantially improved with the cap space freed up from them and others. Langway sort of alluded to it: Even if Ballard returns to the best form of his career, that really doesn't do much for the team anyway.

The Capitals need to shed some dead weight and use the space to address much more pressing needs, especially a top-six forward (preferably center). If Ballard made a third of what he makes, maybe. They could use another defenseman who fits the new system, but absolutely not at the price of sacrificing the opportunity to improve the forwards. That is, if they're really trying to win anything with this coach and team. You think they should be; I don't at all.

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