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07-06-2012, 03:06 PM
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It's a crapshoot in the playoffs (except when Trotz is coaching). Some teams have the chemistry and momentum, others don't. Just because 3/8 "analysts" think we were a favorite doesn't mean squat. We got steamrolled by Phx in the second round. Therefore, we weren't a favorite. We didn't even get 1/2 way there. We squeezed by a sunsetting DRW team. Woo Hoo! No better than last year, in fact worse. We played Vancouver much more competitively than we played Phx (who LA had no trouble bouncing, btw).
By that logic, the President's trophy winning Canucks we're not a Stanley Cup favorite because they got bounced in the first round. The only favorites would have been the Kings and Coyotes - two teams that eeked into the playoffs.
If you actually had them as Stanley Cup favorites on, say, April 1, you need to go to Vegas.
But to sacrifice your future because you perceive this is your shot (when it's not even your shot), that's bad management. People assume trading Suter results in receiving nothing that would have helped our team for the playoffs. That's dumb too.
Rental or not, Suter would have been by far the biggest name available had Poile traded him. The market was exactly -0- on Number 1 defensemen. The return would have been sizable, and we'd be talking today about how Trotz would be scheming to maximize them. We'd be talking about the stud prospects that may crack the lineup this year, and all those players would at least give Weber something to be excited about if he's considering re-signing here. Instead, we've got the empty bag.
That's a total assumption, something you hate.
It's just as possible we would have garnered multiple duds and picks that wouldn't be NHL ready for 3-4 years.
The Kovalchuk/Hossa deals are probably the most comparable trade deadline deals - and look what that got Atlanta - a one way ticket to Winnepeg.
It's just as likely, if not more so, that we would have landed nothing of value than if we would have traded a rental Suter for a package of super studs that would have helped the team win for the next decade.
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