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02-11-2013, 01:24 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: South Florida
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Been saying for a while now, Tallon should seriously consider going after Getzlaf even if he's asking for $7 million a season. This team is being built for the next 3-5 years and most times in sports, you have to spend money to make it. LA and Chicago are the two teams we COULD BE. Both built through the draft and added the right pieces in trades or FA signing and ended up Champions after years as "bubble teams". Our ownership group should realize this sooner than later.
Thing is that when Tallon built Chicago, he did it mostly via the draft and then 3 big trades (Sharp, then Havlat & Ladd) before they spent in free agency. In 07-08 when they missed the playoffs, Tallon had Kane as an 18 yr old putting up 72 pts, Sharp was putting up 62 pts, and Toews had 54 pts as a 19 yr old so he was able to trade for Havlat and then also trade Ruutu for Ladd. That set the stage for adding Campbell the following yr in free agency and led to them making the playoffs. The yr after was when they added Hossa but that wasnt Tallon's doing (he would've kept Havlat instead of signing Hossa, smarter move looking back IMO).
Tallon has already made a couple of trades to boost us like he did in Chicago (Campbell & Versteeg) and is probably going to wait to make another big trade. I also think the team probably feels like they are still one youngster away (most likely Bjugstad) from being ready to spend big money via free agency. So expecting them to spend money on a Getzlaf-type free agent right now isnt the right timing.
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