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01-07-2013, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Diamonddog01 View Post
On a separate note, do you guys think the fact that this will be a shortened NHL season improves his trade value?

I certainly do. First - it puts a higher demand on your goaltender (more games in fewer weeks) and second it gives bubble teams a greater chance of making the playoffs. Get hot for 10 games and suddenly you're in, over an 82 game season there is more of a regression towards the mean.

At the same time, I agree with Button - that a shortened season also gives Van greater incentive to hold on to him.
I honestly don't, just because he's signed for something like 9 more years. If it was a one year deal - yes, the shortened season would matter. But with the long term contract - his value is less impacted based on a shortened 2012-13 season.

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