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03-18-2006, 03:55 PM
Who's the clown?
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Nobody was pleased to get rid of Williams, but Markov was a good pickup. The main question though, is Would Williams be having this type of season in the old NHL? No one knew what the new NHL would be like, heck, at the time of the trade no one knew there would be no season in 2004. Williams in the old NHL could never be as good as he is now, due to interference, clutching, etc. So, I think in order to judge the trade fairly, you need to look at the context of the original deal. The Flyers needed immediate defensive help and got a very good defenseman. They gave up a player who was, at the time, serviceable, but not an important part of the team, and with the old style of the NHL, a player who might never have been more than a 15-20 goal player. Right now, I'd surely like to have that trade back, but at the time, it was a decent deal.

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