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01-10-2013, 09:27 AM
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One thing to consider about the trade - no conditions on the picks. Most other teams probably wanted conditions on the picks in case Koekkoek makes TB next year. A 10th overall pick 19 yr old defenceman - it wouldn't be unheard of. Now Rychel is banking on his belief that Slater isn't ready yet and will be sent back, or has reached out to Yzerman in TB to gauge the chances - but if Koekkoek had a good camp next year, TB isn't going to send him back to do us any favors.

So this trade could be Clarke and two second rounders for a three month rental of Koekkoek. Petes GM could figure to get a little less return, but a guaranteed return versus a conditional return. If he thinks Slater will play in the show next year and was only getting conditional picks offered in any package, he went for the sure thing.

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