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07-05-2012, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by mydnyte View Post
maybe the Flyers only made the trade because they thought they had a good chance at Parise.
waiting, could have caused them to not offer JVR any more.

The flyers don't need help with the forwards as much as on defence with the loss of pronger. And it was a smart move by Holmgrem to acquire a valuable in demand asset (defender) and offload something he and many in league have an excess of (winger). Even now Ryan and Nash are available but what quality defenders are on the trade block? Weber or Bouwmeester - well both GM deny it.

And if you look at the UFA market, aside from Parise, the bigger signings this year have been on defence (wideman, garrison, carle, suter). This is where the action is and I think Holmgrem saw this occurring a bit better than Burke. In fact, Burke now is loaded with too many forwards (some great ones JVR/Kessel) and some awful ones (Connlly, lombardi). And many teams still need a #1 defender (Wings, Flyers and to lesser extent Penguins, canes).

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