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11-10-2003, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by mrs9x
That's BS...there is no way any GM in this league, even Button, would have turned down a deal of Gagne, Williams, AND Pitkanen for Iginla. And second, there is no way in hell that Clarke made that offer in the first place. There has been a youth movement underway in Philly over the past 3 years, and that move would destroy it. So whatever "sources" said that that offer was on the table last year are idiots.
I disagree. With Iginla you have a player who will score 40 goals a year easily. Gagne is a 30 goal scorer. People around here tend to overrate the value of prospects - Rotislav Klesla still hasn't done anything and he was just as highly touted as Pitkanen. IMHO there are very few deals worth it for a team giving up its only marquee talent. Keep in mind that Gagne has never produced in the playoffs. Justin Williams is OK - but he's mainly a throw in. There have been many top-prospect defensemen who have flopped or became only good defensemen - a player like Iginla is a rare asset and worth holding onto unless they absolutely HAVE to trade him.

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