Speculation: Grigorenko to Edmonton. Is that even fair?
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04-09-2012, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by
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Maybe, and I'm sure if a team needed a center, they would have picked Staal, but the Pens were in need of a solid goalie, maybe Craig Patrick wanted a goalie to start with.
To this day I never understood the trade why the Penguins moved up to #1. Florida had Loungo at the time and Carolina just drafted Ward in 2002, so neither team was going to pick a goalie. All that being said I will give then a free pass on not taking Staal(and yes at that time they desperately needed a #1 center unless they had a magic time machine that would forsee them getting Malkin and Crosby) because as I said I think the trade was contingent on them picking Fleury.
The only 2 scenarios I can see is Florida was threatening trading down to 4th with Columbus who would take Fleury, or Pittsburgh wanted to grandstand saying they got the #1 pick. Basically it came down to Pittsburgh trading the 55th pick to Florida for the 73rd pick to get the same guy they would have gotten either way
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