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09-06-2012, 10:15 PM
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It'd be interesting to see a GM stock up on first rounders from a single year well into the future and get them at a discounted rate. Every time they'd add another top 30 pick they'd be getting that much more value (and risk obviously) towards a future run. This becomes that much more enticing in the modern day salary cap, where having quality players on ELCs seems to be a great means of success.

It's a pretty outside the box concept that makes me wonder what a GM would actually value a first rounder that far into the future. Because if that GM is under contract ala Dick Ripietro, they'd be able to take advantage of GMs who need to win before they lose their job.

The risk is a concern, and looking to build well into the future can't bode well for current day fan interest / revenues, but one would think that these first rounders far down the road wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. So if the risk was calculated well, and it only cost the GMs spare / expendable parts, it seems like a lucrative way of succeeding in a cap world.

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