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11-10-2003, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by nuckfan in TO
why is the premise silly??

do the Flames want to sneak into the playoffs and end up facing Iginla on his new team in the first round?? do they want to remind the fans 4-8 times a year that they moved a young powerforward who was an elite player for them??

do they want to have those 4-8 games - or 8+ points a season - facing their former allstar and franchise player on his new team?

the risk for all of this is much smaller if he's out in the East...

we can't also ignore the fan perspective in this - seeing their former star on a different team... afterall this is a team that is so reliant on support and public perception... when you've missed the playoffs for 7 straight years, you don't want your fans to see a former player taking his new team to new heights any more than they would have to.
If the Flames sneak into the playoffs, they'd be happier than they would not making the playoffs with Iginla.
And what about if they face Detroit in the playoffs and Datsyuk makes the Wings look silly.
Not trading in your own conference for fear of looking silly is a sign of GMs with no balls.

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