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03-14-2012, 11:37 PM
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Bournival could become a capable 3rd liner. Not a heavy price to pay for O'Byrne.

The Flash trade would've looked even better had he not had his health problems for we probably would've re-signed him. Can't blame Sherman for that.

With regards to Varly, it's not that people put too much stock in picks but the question is if the Avs significantly overpaid to get an unproven goalie. Kipper was acquired for a 2nd rounder. Brzgalov was waived and claimed by the Coyotes, who then traded him to Philly for a depth forward and a 3rd rounder. Luongo was acquired via a broken Bertuzzi, backup goalie, and a bottom six d-man. Hasek was acquired by the Sabres for Stephane Beauregard and a 4th round draft pick that turned out to be Eric Daze. Tim Thomas signed with the Bruins. The point is that most teams haven't given that much for a legit starter during the off-season largely because of the risk involved. If Varly turns out to be a legit starting goalie over the next few seasons, then it's a pretty fair cost. Otherwise, if he is inconsistent and we're forced to constantly look for alternatives (like when we had Aebischer) then it looks very costly, because we could've drafted another solid mid-first rounder like Chris Stewart or Kevin Shattenkirk. While there is always a risk that the mid-first rounder might turn out to be nothing, I'd say that the Avs have actually done a decent job of drafting in the first few rounds. And if you don't have a first rounder, you can't roll the dice at all.

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