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01-28-2013, 05:10 PM
Norm MacDonald
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Originally Posted by dats81 View Post
Right. If not for the Richards and Carter trades that brought in multiple pieces each, the reckless giveaway of picks and prospects that has been drying out this organization for years would have already forced a complete rebuild.

Homer bought some time opting for those two big trades, but we have now reached a point where there are no levers left to change the direction of this team.

You let Jagr and Carle walk? You better have something up you sleeve to compensate for the loss because you won't find an equal replacement in free agency and you don't have any pieces to trade for. Homer is with his back against the wall already!
It's things like trading 1st round picks for Steve Eminger, Kris Versteeg rentals, dumping Upshall to save a bit of cap space, not signing a top prospect because you wasted contracts on no-name prospects, tossing mostly every 2nd round pick for garbage, etc. Individually, each move doesn't seem like a big deal, but it adds up over time.

You can rationalize it because Holmgren has been able to find so many great diamonds-in-the-rough (Leino, Read, Bobrovsky), high-yield acquisitions and strong drafting. However, expecting that you'll continue doing that every year is a risky and arrogant management style. Before, Holmgren could mend whatever hole was missing by mortgaging draft picks/prospects, but after years of doing that over and over, he's run out and does not have the assets to plug up the big holes in the roster.

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