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10-16-2012, 07:52 PM
Mind of Milbury
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Maybe this trade isnt specifically ironic, but maybe if you put it into context. Consider: The Rangers had a (in)famous reputation for drafting good young players, developing them to the point of being ready for an NHL shot, then trading them for sometimes past-its-expiration-date talent (Middleton, Ridley, Amonte, Weight, Savard all come to mind....). So when the Rangers traded Brian Leetch, they traded a player whom they drafted, developed (albeit very shortly) and allowed to play in the NHL as their own property, to the Maple Leafs for youth and futures (Maxim Kondratiev, Jarkko Immonen, and 2 draft picks), essentially reversing the process. Like I said, maybe not ironic specifically, but it certainly has a nice bit of, whats it called, symmetry? about it? That trade happened not long before the lockout wiped out an entire season, signalling the beginning of a new Rangers philosophy regarding the draft and the players acquired whereby they keep the young players rather than trade them.

I havent gone through the whole thread, apologies if it was brought up already.....

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