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02-11-2013, 12:28 AM
Join Date: Jan 2013
When other teams trade their futures away for players, they make sure that:
A. The players they acquire are solid long-term additions
B. That the players are still relatively young
A perfect example of this would be the Kings trading for a 26 year old Mike Richards, or acquiring the 27 year old Jeff Carter, both of whom are signed long-term to reasonable cap-hits.
When Holmgren trades his futures away, rarely do the above rulesapply. See the acquisition of a 35 year old Chris Pronger, the acquisition of Pavel Kubina, the acquisition of Kris Versteeg, etc.
Hence we have a crappy farm system and Holmgren defenders are forced to say "our team is our farm system". If not for Holmgren's mismanagement, we could've had a good young core AND a good farm system. What some fail to realize is that the two are not mutually exclusive. Holmgren might make it look like they are, but they're not.
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