Free Agency & General Offseason Discussion Thread: Part III - The Brenden Morrow Saga
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07-11-2012, 10:10 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
People confusing us with the Leafs or the Flames need to take a better look at either situation. There's a reason we made the playoffs last year, and also have arguably the best prospect pool in the league. We already have a young core of players; we aren't aging or missing some of the most important aspects of a team (#1 C, #1 D, #1 G.) Unlike the Flames and Toronto we already have the core pieces necessary to build around to make a cup contending team. We also have a cupboard of prospects stocked full of guys that can become good players and have a lot of potential.
The reality, however, is that often prospects don't pan out the way that people hope they will. We can afford to trade a few prospects, while still keeping a large amount of high end potential (as well as safe players) without gutting our team and compromising our future. It will allow the team to grow up in a winning environment and provide leadership and character for the younger guys.
Having Morrow over Zibanejad will make the team better now, and it's highly unlikely that it makes the team worse off in the future given what we already have on the team and coming up. The reason Zibanejad is so often mentioned in trade rumours is because, while he's a great prospect, he's also expendable.
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