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02-28-2006, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by mikedifr
We will just have to agree to disagree on Umberger. You cant compare Downie, Potulny and Ruzicka to Carter, Richards or Umberger because they have excelled at the AHL level (Calder Cup) and are now playing well at the NHL level. In my mind, prospects mean nothing until they get to and succeed in the AHL or NHL. And as I have said 1000 times, look at TB. They let their young guys develop as a team over a couple years and look what happened. We have been there done that with the signing of high profile free agents and trading prospects for proven players. Where has it gotten us??? Justin Williams would look really nice next to Carter and Umberger for the next 5 years, dont you think? (I understand why they traded him though) I think this team is a contender this year with only adding a decent winger and dman (especially if KJ is out) without giving up any of these players. I dont feel Jokinen fits the team and I dont think it is worth giving up Umberger for him when he and Carter have already proven that they can play together and continue to develop.
not comparing... the reason they come up is because they represent young players who will be coming into the organizational system. my point regarding them is that moving Umberger doesn't leave us with potential players in the future... outside of the glut we may recieve in the upcoming draft depending on what Clarke does.

i think Justin Williams benefited from the change of scenery, not necessarily convinced he would have found his game here. it happens... few were complaining about that deal at the time... and, personally, i'd rather have Markov on this team right now than Williams, but that's just my opinion.

i'm not convinced that moving Umberger is the way to go in any of these hypothetical deals, i'm just not against exploring the option. i do agree that this team, when healthy, can compete with anyone... however, we can clearly use some more depth amongst our forwards and i don't believe Umberger being moved has any massive adverse affect on future organizational depth.

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