Downie could have been a Leaf
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04-26-2012, 05:37 PM
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Cheers. I had another read, apologies.
On the issue of whether Burke checked or not - I'm sure he did, but the landscape changes so dramatically after the playoffs. I'm not saying there's a team that is going to move a center if they get bumped from the playoffs.
What I'm saying is that there is no way to be sure of what options were available to Burke, and as a result no way for him (or us) to know whether a package involving Aulie could have landed the more striking needs this team needs.
Again, I don't know what centermans/goalies that could have became available you are referring too. They just don't come available all too often. Especially ones that we really need, a number one guy.
Also, as we held onto Aulie, it seemed as his value was depreciating. Frequent stints to the AHL did this. By Burke trading him at this deadline for another one of our immediate needs I don't see how you can have a problem with the deal. Especially when he don't know all the avenues Burke had searched before hand.
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