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07-19-2012, 02:44 PM
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Regier was certainly in a tough position. He had lost Drury and Briere. Losing Vanek may have cost him his job. It certainly would have looked terrible and set the franchise back even further. Vanek was coming off an unbelievable statistical year.

That being said, given that you had just lost Drury and Briere and were going to be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode, I think the right decision would have been to take the 1st rounders. I would have gambled that Vanek wouldn't have improved Edmonton very much and that the picks would have been top 10. I would have tried to 'sell it' as a total start from scratch with the huge advantage of having multiple top 10 picks multiple years in a row.

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