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11-05-2012, 05:30 PM
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In fairness to posters like Kriss E in the "hold on to our centers camp",

I remember a discussion on another board around 2008 or so where we were speculating as to the surplus of dmen prospects. We had McDonagh, Fischer, Subban, Torp, Weber; as well as Gorges, O'Byrne, etc at the NHL level. It seemed like we had a surplus of defensive prospects, but we were a weak team at center. The team was obsessed with getting better centers, see the debacles of the attempted acquisitions of Mats Sundin and Vincent Lecavalier.

It was suggested by one of the wiser posters, who has since gone on to launch an excellent career as a hockey analyst, that we leverage our wealth on D to acquire an offensive center prospect. That was the situation on the team: a lot of D prospects, no good C prospect.

In the end, Gainey traded McDonagh for Gomez, which is loosely similar. In the 2009 NHL entry draft, five of our seven draft picks were centers (Louis Leblanc, Joonas Nattinen, Gabriel Dumont, Dustin Walsh, Mike Cichy), and Gainey signed Andreas Engvist and Mikael Johansson to minor league contracts. We then targeted a young, offensive center with size in the Halak trade.

Looking back, we have likely resolved our center situation, which is good, but we made one move too many. However, that is so easy to say with hindsight.

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