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02-10-2013, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by PropJoe View Post
The Flyers took their shot with Pronger the same way that the Kings took a shot with Richards. Flyers lost in the Stanley Cup. The Kings won. These trades shouldn't be evaluated with hindsight. They were both overpays for a shot at the cup. Fans shouldn't be surprised when a team has a weak farm system and contends regularly. Not that the two are mutually exclusive but it's a price that you have to pay for regular contention.
There is a major point of emphasis that you miss, which is the core issue of our complaints, and thus makes your statement incredibly misleading.

The Kings took their shot with Richards. And were roughly around the same position as the Flyers were in 2010. Underacheiving, and in danger of missing the playoffs in a year they expected to be a contender.

But then they traded for Carter. Not only did they trade for a good player, they replaced Jack Johnson because Slava Voynov was better. We had to sign Lukas Krajicek. Also, Jonathan Quick might be a wee bit better than Michael Leighton, and the Kings didn't have to blow up their roster to give him a huge money contract.

Originally Posted by PropJoe View Post
When you draft at the top of the 1st round and draft players like Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, Staal, Toews, Kane, and Seabrook it's easier to maintain NHL success without giving up minor league talent/draft picks. I don't get why this difficult to understand.
I'd like you to sell this theory on Blue Jackets fans. Or Oilers fans. Or Islanders fans. Or Panthers fans.

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