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05-04-2012, 12:01 AM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
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Doesn't matter whether they were traded, they were pieces with good value. Not busted picks (eg Wishart, Petrecki, Kaspar). The point still stands that it isn't the top guys alone who make the team. Otherwise, teams like Edmonton would be powerhouses right now. Despite the excuses, the top guys for Edmonton have had enough time to make their first playoff appearance. They aren't close.
I know it sounds stupid, but the year after next season for the Oilers is the time that the Hawks one the Cup with Toews, Kane, and Hjalmarsson on ELCs, Sharp on a cheap contract because no one expected him to break out like that, Hossa was on his cap-circuventing retirement contract, and Keith and Seabrook on cheap RFA contracts.
Like you say, the Hawks had their Keith, Seabrook, and Sharp, and their depth players all ready, and then Kane and Toews were drafted and they were ready to compete immediately. With the Oilers, by the time they get the depth players and defensemen and goaltender, Hall, Eberle, RNH, and maybe even Yakupov's ELCs will be up and it will be difficult to sign tons of depth players like that insane CHicago third line and defense. It doesn't help that no UFA wants to sign in Edmonton.
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