All-purpose rant at DL thread (ALL ranting in here + Poll)
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02-06-2012, 02:39 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
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dating back to san jose has this guy ever made his team better at the deadline..... all he knows how to do is sell, pick up picks or character veterans.
Getting Selanne for Friesen/Shields/2nd was pretty big back in 2001. Acquired Vinny Damphousse at the deadline in 1999 and he had a productive stay in San Jose.
In the post-lockout capped environment, there haven't been too many blockbusters at the deadline. Forsberg, Hossa, and Kovalchuk were probably the biggest names with Hossa being the only one that helped his team get anywhere.
Carolina brought in Doug Weight and Mark Recchi for their Cup, but those guys were more "character veterans" than guys who were in their prime at that point. Ditto Pittsburgh with Bill Guerin and Philippe Boucher for theirs--Guerin didn't mesh as a deadline acquisition two years prior with San Jose.
Boston was active last year. They brought in Chris Kelly who fit well. But they also spent a ton to get Tomas Kaberle who wasn't a pivotal cog in their championship. Because of Kaberle, they traded away Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart for Rich Peverley to create cap space.
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