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11-29-2012, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack de la Hoya View Post
The more I think about it, the more I wonder if we shouldn't scrap the trading during the first three years.

The appeal of the league is to inherit a team in the future, right? Somehow, the idea that we get to do a pretty significant overhaul ahead of the "start" seems counter to that basic premise.

I think that our interactions with our teams should be limited to resigning free agents--and that's just because the CPU is quite dumb. That would leave a very nice class of free agents at the start of the 2015 season, which should mitigate the urge to do first window trades. (I feel less strongly about ruling out free agency than trades, though).

Trading between now and 2015 seems both counter-productive (what are you trying to accomplish, exactly? You don't really want to win in those intervening years; if anything, you want to lose). If we make it hands off (except for resigning) until 2015, it will remove any effort to "tank" in between as well.

It will also take significantly less time to start the season if we don't have to take breaks for trading, free agency, etc.

Obviously, I'll go with the majority on this. It just seems the better way to go.
To the bolded part, not neccessarily. Sure some will want the highest draft pick possible over those years, but from what I have seen making the playoffs (the added games and experience) can actually affect player progression in a pretty significant way.

So a team that is already prospect heavy (my Senators for instance) might try and go deep for the added experience to already young nhlers (Cowen, Karlsson, Zbad, etc). Or i could choose to try and plug the few prospect holes I have (defence, future centers) by trading away a few pieces to those that aim for the playoffs.

Also, a lot of the trading would be prospect for prospect types, attempting to fill holes. If say Pheonix is forced to wait 3 years before trading away one of their defence prospects for a forward, it takes some guess work away for the opposing GM since they can see the progression rather than assume it. What if Rundblad tops out as a low 80 instead of hitting a high 80? It can change his trade value and it takes away some control of your team and your assets IMO.

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