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07-06-2012, 04:20 PM
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Iron Duke
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Your logic fails in the idea that every single player drafted by us would be traded to maximize assets. You don't always do it; just in the right cases where you cannot afford to lose a guy aka the Suter and Weber situations. Those guys are worth too much to let go.

Nashville locked up Legwand, Erat and Rinne for long terms. We haven't traded away everyone. But it is necessary sometimes and shouldn't mean you are automatically doomed.

Is Pittsburgh doomed now for trading Staal? They developed him and traded him away to maximize assets. Yet they also have locked up other assets who committed to the team. What about Boston with Phil Kessel?
Penguins are in a vastly different situation with the two best centers in the game being ahead of Staal on the depth chart, and at least one of them locked up for a very long time.

Last off-season, hardly anybody advocated trading Suter because the focus was completely on Weber and his one-year arbitration deal and unwillingness to sign long-term. At the time, Suter became the one we were focused on keeping, since everybody figured Shea was going to be dealt, offer sheeted or gone in 2 years (and he still probably will be).

Sure, it's probably the right decision in retrospect to have dealt him (without considering the effect that would have had on the rest of the season), but that sentiment sure wasn't prevalent around here 11 months ago.

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