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02-12-2006, 05:06 PM
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Soon to be UFAs have commanded a hefty price in recent years, particularly if the soon to be UFA is considered a elite impact player.

For sake of example, consider the Rob Blake (LA to CO) trade in 2001. Colorado gave up their best power forward (Adam Deadmarsh) their #3 defensemen (Aaron Miller), a highly regard forward prospect at the time, and a no. 1 draft pick, and a contingent draft pick (I believe a 2nd but a 1st round pick if CO re-signed Blake which ultimately occured). In return, the Avs received Blake and an relatively unknown but promising rookie in Steve Reinprecht.

Other deadline deals suggest the if you are trying to nab an impact player, teams give up quite alot even if the player is a UFA.

Jokkinen is an impact player, he has excelled on a team in which often times he is the only legitimate offensive threat. He also has the size, strength, and style of play to excel in the playoffs.

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