: Value of:
Kulikov to Edmonton
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07-07-2012, 12:13 AM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Originally Posted by
Good thing I didn't say that!!
Really, outside of the Big 4, Hemsky, Gagner, Whitney and Smid (I forgot Smid, sorry), who has the value to get an impact player?
Any of our top prospects outside of those names listed would have a high value to a team that is looking to get younger. This is one scenario where our prospects will garner an impact player.
In contrast, a team looking at a very short window in which to win would have no problem trading a young promising prospect to get that impact player.
Look at every star player traded in the last 8 years. Pronger, for example, was a sign-and-trade that saw two Oiler prospects (comparable in value and potential to our mid-tier prospects) Woywitka and Brewer sent to St. Louis. When Pronger was traded out, the Oilers received Smid and Lupul. One young rising player in Lupul, and a high potential high risk prospect in Smid. Take Smid out of that equation and the deal doesn't get done. This is an example in my previous post of taking a real risk by properly valuing a prospect when the situation calls for it. Of course, Woywitka and Brewer never panned out as planned but such is the risk.
Don't tell me prospects have no value when almost every trade involving high profile stars have always involved young budding players and prospects as the center pieces. Florida and Edmonton make horrible trading partners right now for the reasons and circumstances I've stated above. Florida just isn't desperate enough to trade their prospects.
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