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06-18-2012, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by nickschultzfan View Post
Yeah, but you don't want to be over-cautious.

I mean, the Leddy trade was freaking terrible, because Cam Barker was known to suck BEFORE the trade. Ask any Hawk fan at the time. They knew that trade was highway robbery. It was only Wild fans who were like "Well, Barker is still young and developing." Fletcher traded for a guy based on potential. He gave up assets assuming Barker could be a top-4 Dman, when in reality he was never more than a #6 PP specialist. A younger version of Kurtis Foster.

That's different than trading a prospect for a guy like Jordan Staal. If Fletcher was assuming Jordan Staal could be a #1 center, and gave up that much assets, then it would be a re-creating the Barker trade. But if Fletcher values Jordan Staal as a guy who could be a #2 center, and gives up assets accordingly, then that's a different story.
Yes, but to continue beating a dead horse, Leddy is not a top 4 defenseman. Maybe he still has the potential to do that in the future, but at the moment the only reason he's in the NHL at all is because Chicago's defensive depth is worse than ours (although they actually have a top end to play above the depth).

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