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01-28-2013, 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Rowdy Roddy Peeper View Post
Draft picks and prospects can be a crapshoot, but proven elite players are proven elite players.
And 35 year-old power forwards typically don't age like Catalan wine. We're not acquiring circa 2006 Jarome Iginla, so I don't care how many years in a row he's hit a statistical milestone, his best days are firmly in the rear-view mirror.

That and Alex Goligoski got us as much as he did in trade because he was a young defenseman with upside who had proven he could be a NHL defender. Goligoski the 5th defender was worth a hell of a lot more than Goligoski the 2nd round draft pick was. Some of the defenders do have to be moved...some of them will be moved...and Simon Despres is likely to be the first among them just because he's the only one who has played in the NHL. The fact Despres has NHL experience is going to make him more appealing to a team looking in a trade than someone like Brian Dumoulin or Olli Määttä, even if their upside is just about the same.

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